Voters on Browns QB make decisive choice

August, 12, 2014
Aug 12
There may a debate in some circles about who the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback should be, but to voters in an ESPN SportsNation poll there is no question.

The poll asked simply: Who should start at quarterback for the Browns in their season opener, Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel?

The results were surprisingly and overwhelmingly one-sided: Brian Hoyer should start.

Fifty-eight percent of voters favored Hoyer over Manziel.

The only state Manziel won was his home state of Texas, but that was even close with Manziel getting 53 percent and Hoyer 47 percent.

In Ohio, the vote was even more one-sided: Hoyer received 67 percent of the vote, with more than 1,800 voting.

Clearly interest in Manziel, while real, has not translated into the expectation he should be the immediate starter. Voters favor the veteran over the rookie.

The most important, vote, though, has yet to be cast. That belongs to Browns coach Mike Pettine, who is expected to reveal his choice next week.

As of early this morning, more than 35,000 votes had been cast.

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter



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