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The Associated Press update:
Browns hope to name starting QB on Tuesday
CLEVELAND (AP) — Finally, at long last, the Browns have a date to name their quarterback. Decision day is Tuesday for Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.
That’s when Browns coach Mike Pettine aims to announce his starter for Cleveland’s Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh. His choice could be influenced by how the quarterbacks play in Monday night’s nationally televised exhibition at Washington.
“Something unforeseen could come up, but we’re hopeful because I do want to see if I can cut the quarterback questions down by about 90 percent after next week,” said Pettine, a first-year coach who for months has faced questions about his quarterbacks. “The chemistry, the continuity, it’s important to establish that.”
On Thursday, Pettine said Hoyer will start against the Redskins on Monday night, with Manziel getting snaps with the first-team offense. Pettine isn’t sure how he’ll divide their time and will see how the game unfolds before determining when each is on the field. His focus is making sure the “reps are close to equal.”
Pettine also made it clear no decision has been made.
“All of our options are still on the table,” he said.
Does that mean Manziel, the popular rookie who helped the Browns draw record crowds to training camp, can still win the job?
“Sure he can,” Pettine said. “All of our options are still on the table. He just needs to go out and play, that’s the bottom line. They both do. I’ve met with both of them and discussed the situation and they’re both comfortable with it and they both know it’s going to be up to them, when they’re out there, to go out and do their job.”
As he has stated for months, Pettine will choose the quarterback he feels gives the Browns their best chance to beat their bitter rivals.
“You’re looking for the total package — the quarterback who is best suited to take the field and lead us to a win against the Steelers,” Pettine said. “That’s the bottom line decision we have to make. There will be a lot of things going into it.”