Wednesday, October 2, 2013
QB Watch: Browns' Brian Hoyer
By Pat McManamon
A weekly analysis of the Browns’ quarterback play.
Rewind: Brian Hoyer did what few thought he could: Repeat his performance from his first start and win a second game. Hoyer went from third team to two-time winner, and now could match Otto Graham as the only quarterbacks in Browns' history to win their first three starts. Hoyer threw for 269 yards, two touchdowns and completed 66 percent of his passes. His decisiveness and quick decision-making have been key to his sound play and the team’s success.
Fast-forward: The Bills intercepted Joe Flacco five times in the win over the Ravens, playing opportunistic and aggressive defense. Buffalo leads the NFL with nine picks and has a defensive front that includes Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. It’s evident things get no easier for Hoyer, who will have to be careful with the ball and be quick in his reads. He’s shown the ability to do both -- going from throwing three interceptions in his first game to none in his second. It’s amazing to say, but the way Hoyer has played in his two starts generates a lot of confidence.
Tight play: Jordan Cameron's five touchdowns in September are tied for the most by a tight end in NFL history. Cameron was a mid-round pick in the Tom Heckert era, and former president Mike Holmgren thought Cameron would emerge a year ago. He didn’t, but under the tutelage of Norv Turner, Cameron has had an All-Star month. Cameron’s five TDs are one fewer than the team record for tight ends in a season, set by Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome.
Prediction: One thing cannot be doubted: Rob Chudzinski and Turner will not become passive with Hoyer. The two are aggressive coaches, and they have not handled Hoyer with anything close to kid gloves. While some coaches would fall back on the old “manage the game” concept, Chudzinski and Turner have been aggressive with an inexperienced player. Hoyer will have every chance to top 200 yards; the one thing he can’t do is turn the ball over.