Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer knows that a hotshot rookie such as a Johnny Manziel is coming in to try to steal his job, and he's ready to stave him off. "It's pretty much inevitable, they will draft a quarterback and that's nothing new,'' Hoyer said Friday on radio row at the Super Bowl. "In this league, there's always someone coming up behind you or laterally moving. There's going to be someone for me to compete with, which I have no problem with. That makes you better. The question is, where (will they draft him?). I have no idea and I try not to worry about things that I can't control.'' Hoyer, who went 3-0 before tearing his ACL against the Bills Oct. 3, has every intention of being the starter in 2014, and isn't about to let all the talk about a first-round quarterback dissuade him, even if it's a Manziel, a Teddy Bridgewater or a Blake Bortles. "I was able to start for three games last year, and we did well,'' he said. "When I played, we won, and I'm just looking forward to trying to get back to where I left things off. I think as long as I have a chance, I feel confident in my abilities.'' Hoyer isn't fazed by the notion of a Manziel coming to town and the circus atmosphere it would create. "I'm not concerned about that,'' he said. "That's for you guys to talk about.'' One big thing Hoyer has working in his favor is head coach Mike Pettine, who became a big fan while preparing to face him as defensive coordinator of the Bills on that fateful night in Cleveland. "He's a winner,'' Pettine said the day he was hired. "The intangibles with Brian are off the charts. He's a football junkie and you can tell he loves the game. He came from a system where he learned from the best in the game and that showed on the field. A lot of people, based on his background, kind of fall asleep on him a little bit. I think he's a winning quarterback in this league.'' Hoyer, who reconnected with Browns receiver Josh Gordon on radio row, is waiting like everyone to find out who his new offensive coordinator will be. Hoyer has already gotten a good scouting report on his new quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains, who might also be in the mix for the coordinator job depending on how the search plays out. Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who interviewed Wednesday, is still believed to be a candidate. Hoyer talked to fellow former St. Ignatius quarterback Dave Raggone, who spent the past three seasons on the Titans staff with Loggains, including the 2013 season as quarterbacks when Loggains was offensive coordinator. Raggone also coached receivers his first two years in Tennessee.
Hoyer remains confident he'll start for Browns
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jan 31