The Cleveland Browns QB Competition is targeted to come to an end on Tuesday, the day following the Browns Monday Night Pre-Season Game. Mike Pettine shared that information following practice, and an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, today:
While Pettine is not held to this date, as it is only a target, it is likely that this is when they will make their decision. Given Mary Kay Cabot’s report, that we covered here earlier, that Johnny Manziel will have to “make it impossible” for them not to start him, it is likely that the Monday Night game has to be very lopsided for Manziel to win.
If Manziel has a huge game and Brian Hoyer struggles, throws an INT or 2, then Manziel could wrestle away the job. If Hoyer and Manziel have similar games as they did against Detroit it seems like Hoyer would be named the starter the next day. How Pettine gets each QB reps will be interesting. He has reported that each will get first team reps, but will he alternate them? Get Hoyer’s in then Manziel’s? How would the alternating impact each QBs rhythm?
Pettine believes both QBs have a chance to win the job:
Yet he also made it clear that the Week 1 starter wasn’t set to start the entire season:
As well as making a quick statement, but really saying nothing, about the report that Manziel was late for a meeting:
For Pettine naming the QB should take some questions off his plate, but his statement about the Week 1 starter not locked in for the entire season likely didn’t help:
Either way Tuesday will be a huge day. We will know, likely, who will start the first 3 games, barring injury, before the bye week where things will be reevaluated.
Now if we could only get some information on the Josh Gordon appeal we could move forward with all of our preview material.
What do you think of Pettine planning to name a starter by Tuesday?