I tried, man. I did my best to keep it real all 13 weeks leading up to today. I said “be patient, it’s going to be okay with Hoyer in there.” Well, for 7 wins, I was right.
For 5 bad losses though, boy was I wrong. This one hurts…bad.
Miserable day running the ball, even worse day passing the ball, terrible special teams per usual (if they didn’t cut Cundiff before he got on the plane it’s a travesty) and a banged up D equals one bad loss. Joe Thomas probably played the worst game of his career, and the D simply ran out of gas at the end of the game.
I think Mike Pettine has a lot of balls for what he did. I don’t think it was a demand from Mr. Haslam. I don’t think he made a change because the fans have been crying for Manziel, the crazy idiotic fans who are still wrong about how they support a team from their city; I think he made the change because he felt it was necessary, and it paid minor dividends with a garbage time touchdown. Whether or not the decision gets us to the playoffs remains to be seen, but given what the Browns have done thus far, and with the right people in charge, there’s still a decent shot. I think he was just letting Hoyer off with some dignity by saying “we’ll evaluate tape and have more on Wednesday,” but I think Johnny is our guy for the foreseeable future.
So ends the Brian Hoyer era, not necessarily going out the way I expected, but we’re Browns fans so this can’t come as much of a surprise. You gotta think that after benching him today mid-game, the leash has run out on Hoyer being our starter. Hopefully a week with the 1’s will get Johnny’s timing down with Gordon et al, and we will need a big game out of him next week if the want any shot at beating the Colts.
Pour one out for #6