But Sunday's game against the Houston Texans and coach Bill O'Brien is also something of an audition. Hoyer and O'Brien worked together in the past and they have an interest in doing the same in the future, league sources said.
Hoyer trusts O'Brien as much as any coach in the league from their time together in New England, sources said, and he would welcome a reunion.
O'Brien is not the only AFC South coach who has worked with Hoyer and has an interest. Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, who worked with Hoyer in Arizona, also does, sources said.
Cleveland has been in wait-and-see mode on Hoyer, whose contract expires after this season. Some around the league believe a deal will get done when and if the Browns are truly ready to make Hoyer, not Johnny Manziel, their long-term quarterback.