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After ACL, Hoyer is Ready to Win


Jack Kopanski

After a torn ACL last season, Browns QB Brian Hoyer is back and looking better than ever.

If an athlete were to suffer an ACL tear ten or so years ago, it may as well have been a death sentence. The athlete could expect at least a year of recovery time just to get a glimpse of the field again, if they recovered at all.

It is a different story nowadays. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has now set the bar for speedy recoveries from a torn ACL. Since then, athletes in all sports are seeing much less time sidelined, and less of a performance dip when they do return.

That is exactly what Cleveland Browns’ fans are hoping for out of QB Brian Hoyer. After taking over for Brandon Weeden in week three, he led the Browns to three straight wins as a starter. In his third start week five against the Bills however, while sliding to avoid a hit, Hoyer was very slow to get up and was favoring his right knee as he walked to the tunnel.

The announcement came out a few days later that the diagnosis was a torn right ACL, effectively ending Cleveland’s new found hope, and Hoyer’s season. The Brandon Weeden/Jason Campbell era was back in full force.

For the rest of the season, the starting QB role flip-flopped between Weeden and Campbell. Cleveland was only able to muster one more win on the year, leaving the fan base to wonder how different the season might have been if Hoyer had stayed healthy.

While fans are indeed optimistic that the Browns can improve from their four win season a year ago, some are left to wonder if Hoyer has had enough time to get himself totally healthy. The answer is a resounding yes.

Since he only got hurt in the fifth week of the season, his recovery time as been extensive. If the injury would have occurred within the last four or five weeks of the season, then the discussion would be totally different.

With the great strides sports medicine has made, and Hoyer’s clear desire to get back on that field and start winning again, Browns’ fans should expect nothing less than a 100% Brian Hoyer, if he indeed keeps the starting job. New coach Mike Pettine has announced he will make his decision on the starter by Aug. 23.

Going into training camp, with Weeden and Campbell now gone, it looks as though the starting job is Hoyer’s to lose. Unless of course first round pick Johnny Manziel can prove he deserves it, but that’s another few stories in itself.


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I think hoyer is there best option at this time cause if u start johnny he's gonna get beat up in first few games against Pittsburgh new Orleans Baltimore etc..witch would kill his game mentally. ..that if he not in cuff in back of cop car by September 7th

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I think hoyer is there best option at this time cause if u start johnny he's gonna get beat up in first few games against Pittsburgh new Orleans Baltimore etc..witch would kill his game mentally. ..that if he not in cuff in back of cop car by September 7th

I completely agree. Not for the fact that Johnny is too small or too much of a partier, I just think that having him sit for a year is the best option

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I agree Manziel SHOULD sit a year, but Hoyer is not really going to teach him much.

True, but it will be good for him to at least see how the NFL really is and what he will have to adjust to. Hoyer may not be able to teach him much, but remember, he sat behind Brady. Maybe/hopefully some of that will rub off on Johnny.

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If a team has the ability to let a QB sit,due to another QB's ability, and absorb from the sideline than that should be the route taken.

 

However,I don't believe Hoyers' ability will be so decisive over Manziels,especially the make things happen part which is so glorified by others,RG3,Kaep,Wilson etc,that any stint on the sideline would be minimal,if at all,and though the Browns will lose games this season,I think the losses will be more easily swallowed given the viewing of what will come via Manziel than that of Hoyer.

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Hoyer is the best option this season and I don't even think it is close. He will manage the game they way Alex Smith does and I don't think there are many people that would say anything bad about Alex Smith being the problem for his teams.

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Hoyer played what, 5 good games and now he is the 2nd coming?

Yo Cleveland, if you want to win put Johnny in!

Hoyer may not have proved much in the NFL, but Johnny hasn't even had one snap yet. I get the hype around Johnny and I love it! But until I real results from him, I have to give the nod to the guy who has at least played a down in the NFL.

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Doesn't matter who the QB is the Steelers and Saints are going to smash them week 1 and week 2...only win I see could be week 5 against Tennessee. ..cant see them winning against ..Pitt..no...Baltimore..pitt

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Doesn't matter who the QB is the Steelers and Saints are going to smash them week 1 and week 2...only win I see could be week 5 against Tennessee. ..cant see them winning against ..Pitt..no...Baltimore..pitt

BROWNS 0-16 AMIRITE!!

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I am pulling hard for Hoyer this season.  He sure tore up my Vikings defense last year.  I guess the rest of the league did too though.  I hope he plays well enough to keep Johnny on the bench all season long.

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I think after the flashes of greatness in his short time starting last year, Hoyer if completely healthy deserves a shot as the starter for opening day. If he stinks it up he stinks it up, Manzel will get his shot. However I still wanna see what Hoyer can bring. 

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I'm hopeful that Hoyer can start for the Browns. That three-game stretch last year was cool to see, even though the Bengals were the only good team they beat. I'd honestly love to see an AFC North where all four teams are competitive and Hoyer seems like an easy guy to root for. Unlike Johnny Football. A year of him on the bench would at least minimize the ridiculous amount of coverage he is getting.

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I'm hopeful that Hoyer can start for the Browns. That three-game stretch last year was cool to see, even though the Bengals were the only good team they beat. I'd honestly love to see an AFC North where all four teams are competitive and Hoyer seems like an easy guy to root for. Unlike Johnny Football. A year of him on the bench would at least minimize the ridiculous amount of coverage he is getting.

I agree hoyer lot easier to stomach but id like to see Steelers and ravens smack johnny football or as andre reed called him johnny bi#$@ around

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Agree with Bob. Look guy had a 5 game stretch where he was just decent.. Not great. Calm yourselves Browns fans. You know what I think Hoyer is to me? He's just another QB who is gonna fall off the map because he had one good year(in his case 5 good games) and he won't live up to the hype because he's simply not that good. As for Manziel..I hate the guy, don't like what he is about. Don't like his game, don't like his attitude, would absolutely LOVE to see him get beat around.

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