If you had any doubts before, it's growing increasingly probable the team's practice facility resides on top of an ancient Indian burial ground.
The word cursed might be taking it too far, but it's the first thing that comes to mind.
After two excellent starts, both resulting in Browns wins, Hoyer and the Browns appeared to be a match made in Cleveland. The local kid who grew up idolizing the team was tasked with leading it out of obscurity.
And he was acing his first real test as an NFL starter, too. When something is too good to be true, it usually is. As a Cleveland fan, you shouldn't really be too surprised after letting this entire debacle sink in.
The worst part is the Browns staff probably wasn't able to see enough out of Hoyer in his two starts to know whether he can be the face of the franchise.
That fateful night game against Buffalo on the shores of Lake Erie was a defining moment, for both the quarterback and the franchise.
Here's how it will affect them this season and with a look at the future.
Like it or not, Brandon Weeden is the Browns starter again
If you booed Brandon Weeden after his first drive in relief of Hoyer resulted in a punt, you weren't alone. First Energy Stadium quickly turned on the soon-to-be 30-year-old signal-caller after his errant throw sailed far over the head of Greg Little, resulting in a punt.
That's something Browns fans had hoped they had seen the last of after Hoyer stepped in and gave them a vision of competency at the position. His quick release and ability to read defenses was a breath of fresh air after watching Weeden stare down his primary receiver as the pressure bore down on him in the pocket.
In just three games, Weeden has been dropped a second-worst 16 times by opposing pass rushes. In two-plus games, Hoyer was sacked just six times.
You can blame the poor play by their offensive line at times, but there's no denying Weeden's propensity to hold onto the ball two seconds too long. That comes from his struggles reading defenses and working through his progressions, something we haven't seen him do effectively to this point.
His intermediate passing is poor, and he doesn't do anything extremely well. But Weeden has a rocket arm and can deliver the ball down the field; something we all assumed would help him excel in Norv Turner's vertical passing offense.
With Josh Gordon back and the added motivation of losing his job to Hoyer, Weeden will be playing with a sense of urgency from here on out. Whether he succeeds or crashes and burns remains to be seen.
Draft plans likely remain the same
After trading Trent Richardson to Indianapolis to acquire a second first-round pick, the Browns were more or less locked into using that as ammunition to draft their quarterback of the future.
Of course, that was probably the plan until Hoyer stepped in for Weeden and shuffled things around a little bit. He then led the team to two consecutive victories while looking the part of a franchise quarterback.
How big would it have been if the Browns could have comfortably stood pat with Hoyer, and used their draft choices to address other positions of need?
The truth of the situation, though, is that the Browns are in a tough position after seeing only two starts from the quarterback. It's hard enough to evaluate a player during the duration of an entire season, but after two games is nearly impossible.
If you're Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi, you have to do your due diligence and bring the best players in to compete. If they think that's Weeden--unlikely given their attitude toward him and his performance to this point--or Hoyer, the regime could forego drafting a quarterback in the early rounds.
But not drafting a quarterback in the first round seems highly unlikely at this point. Weeden appears to have fallen out of favor with the regime and the uncertainty about Hoyer's future isn't enough for the team to stake their reputations on.
It's unfortunate, too, as Hoyer was finally cashing in on years of playing understudy to numerous quarterbacks around the league. He very well could continue to be a part of the Browns moving forward, but he'll have to compete with a shiny new rookie in order get a chance to prove he can lead a successful franchise.
Mike Hoag is a freelance Cleveland Browns and NFL reporter. Follow him on Twitter(@MikeHoagJr) to keep the discussion going.
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