Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said last week that he wanted to announce his Week 1 starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer, on Tuesday.
But Pettine probably didn’t foresee the mess that was Monday’s night preseason game against the Washington Redskins when he made such a statement. Hoyer completed just 2 of 6 passes for 16 yards and Manziel completed just 6 of 17 passes for 65 yards. To top it off, Manziel gave a middle finger to the Redskins bench in third quarter that was caught by ESPN’s cameras.
Even after such a disastrous game, Pettine told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com that Tuesday remains the ideal date.
He added, “I would still like to make a decision (tonight) and that’s still very much a possibility.”
He said he favors doing so.
Still, a Tuesday announcement is no longer the lock it once was.
He wanted to name a starter Tuesday, but in a conference call with reporters, he said it’s more important to get the decision right instead of rushing it, and the staff wants to “be diligent, do the right thing, don’t make it for the sake of making it.”
Pettine said that it would still be ideal to decide later Tuesday. But he added that the choice may have to wait until after Saturday’s home preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.
“If we do have to wait until after the next game, so be it,” Pettine said.
The Browns selected Manziel was the No. 22 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. Hoyer was solid for the Browns in 2013, throwing for 615 yards and five touchdowns in three games.