COMMENTARY | What everybody who has followed the story since last Sunday at 1:00 pm ET knew to be true was confirmed by the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.
Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters during his Wednesday press conference that Brian Hoyer, Cleveland's third-string quarterback a little over a week ago, would be getting his second consecutive start this coming Sunday when Cleveland play hosts to division rivals the Cincinnati Bengals. Brandon Weeden, still technically first on the team's depth chart at the position, is nursing a sprained thumb that he suffered in the team's Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
"(Weeden is) going to start this week in the next few days with (throwing a football) and should be throwing a football, we're hoping and expecting, by the end of the week," Chudzinski explained during the presser. The head coach also told reporters the he had informed Weeden of his decision on Tuesday evening. Weeden will be evaluated again early next week.
Hoyer completed 30 of 54 pass attempts in Cleveland's surprise victory at the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday. He hooked up with Josh Gordon, who was playing in his first game of the campaign after a two-week suspension, for a touchdown, and Hoyer delivered two more TD passes to tight end Jordan Cameron. The QB's final touchdown came with 51 seconds left on the clock after Hoyer had taken the Cleveland offense to inside the Minnesota 10-yard line during what was ultimately the game-winning drive.
Weeden was somewhere between below-average and awful in Cleveland's first two games of the season. He completed 47 of 86 pass attempts for 516 yards and only a single TD. Weeden currently has an average QB rating of 62.0, 6.5 points fewer than what Hoyer finished with in Week 3. Most glaring of all is that Weeden was sacked an average of 5.5 times in his two starts. Hoyer, who has a reputation for releasing the football quickly while inside the pocket, was brought down only three times by the Vikings.
The offensive point totals also favor Hoyer. The Browns put 31 points on the scoreboard at Minnesota. Prior to that, Cleveland was averaging only eight points per contest. That was before the Browns pulled off a shocker of a deal that landed running back Trent Richardson with the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first round pick.
Hoyer has a fan in Cleveland general manager Mike Lombardi. The 27-year old completed a rally that earned the Browns their first victory of the season. Hoyer starting at QB seemingly gives the Browns their best chance to defeat Cincy.
When it comes to decisions that a NFL head coach has to make on a daily basis, this one was a no-brainer for Chudzinski and company.
Zac has been following Cleveland sports since a little before his birth, and thus his heart breaks a little more with every year. He has been covering the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and the NFL for Yahoo Sports since 2010
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