The Cleveland Browns QB competition should come to an end after Monday Night Football. We will take a look at some of Johnny Manziel‘s interesting, easily taken out of context, comments a little later. Brian Hoyer also addressed the media following the last Training Camp practice today. He addressed the national media seeming desire to see Manziel start for the Browns:
Hoyer: it doesn't matter what ESPN is promoting, only thing that matters is Coach Pettine's decision. I don't watch Espn
— Andre Knott (@DreKnott) August 16, 2014
Obviously an aggressive statement towards what is the biggest competition in all of the NFL this off-season. Hoyer hasn’t strayed from his statements that he believes he is the starter, and won’t think otherwise until informed by coach Mike Pettine.
The idea that the media and television companies would want Manziel to start is an obvious one. The Browns opening Pre-Season game was the highest rated Pre-Season game. Manziel moves the needle, he generates buzz and draws eyes and clicks. The better he plays, the more he plays and the bigger the story gets the better for everyone who can make money off of it.
The media should also benefit from any controversy between Hoyer and Manziel. So whether it is Hoyer or Manziel the media have a way to win. The narrative that is created by national media is easy to spot if you watch ESPN, local coverage and online analysts. While local media and even the most solid online analysts can reconstruct the narrative to their benefit.
Hoyer on the other hand doesn’t worry about those narratives, neither does Pettine. Hoyer likely has some frustrations that anything but football could decide his future. Hoyer has shown a dedication and love for his hometown team and having any outside force trying to influence that negatively could be infuriating. Similar to what would happen if any of us Browns fans had the opportunity that Hoyer has. We would do anything to win our dream job and be defensive against anything that could get in the way. I know I would.
Where do you get your narrative on the Browns? Do you find yourself seeing media trying to create a narrative that may not be accurate? How do you try to evaluate everything you read and see?
Do you read anything into Hoyer’s comments?