- Pat McManamon, ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter
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Say this for Browns fans: When they weigh in, they weigh in strong.
In a poll earlier this week, just more than 3,100 cast a vote stating their preference for the Browns opening day quarterback in 2014.
The margin of victory was impressive, and the fans made their feelings more than clear.
Brian Hoyer received 60 percent of the vote, with fans clearly wanting the guy who started three games a year ago to start the season.
Of draftable players, Blake Bortles received seven percent, Teddy Bridgewater 10 percent and Johnny Manziel 16 percent.
Which means all three rookies combined received 33 percent of the vote, just more than half what Hoyer received.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was included in the poll only because his offensive coordinator in Washington, Kyle Shanahan, now works in Cleveland. But this week Redskins GM Bruce Allen said he expected Cousins to be back with Washington, and Cousins had not asked for a trade.
This leaves the Browns a veteran expected to be released, like Mike Vick, Hoyer or a rookie drafted in the first round.
The fans clearly do not want a rookie.
They’d far prefer Hoyer, who won two games a starter and gave life to the team’s offense in those two starts.
Hoyer is preparing like he’s going to start, shrugging at what he called the eventual drafting of a quarterback and talking like the job is his to lose.
“I was able to start for three games last year,” Hoyer told Tony Grossi at the Super Bowl. “When I played, we won. I’m just looking forward to trying to get back to where I left things off. As long as I have a chance, I feel confident in my abilities.
Evidently, Browns fans agree.
Say this for Browns fans: When they weigh in, they weigh in strong.In a poll earlier this week, just more than 3,100 cast a vote stating their preference for the Browns opening day quarterback in 2014.