Call this Johnny Football hype if you want. We are going to consider it Brian Hoyer talk. If Hoyer hadn't played so well in his brief time a year ago, there would be no Browns quarterback controversy in Cleveland.
Hoyer vs. Johnny Manziel is the biggest training-camp battle to watch this summer, even if Browns GM Ray Farmer told 92.3 The Fan (via CBS Cleveland) the incumbent is well ahead of the rookie after OTAs:
I want the best quarterback to start. Who is the best quarterback right now? Brian Hoyer. ... It is a good question. I will tell you that probably by a substantial margin.
I say that because here's a guy who's a five- or six-year veteran that has been in the league, who knows the defenses, who reads it quicker. He's got an advanced calculus degree. Johnny's good at math, but I don't know if he's in the advanced calculus stages yet.
Head coach Mike Pettine squashed any notion of Hoyer as a landslide leader in this battle to Mary Kay Cabot of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer:
I think when Ray made the comment, (it was) just because of the circumstances, that Brian had been here for those seven, eight weeks before the draft even started. That was essentially a head start, and I don't think it's insurmountable. Brian is securely ahead of him right now, but we will compete and we will decide.
The issue for us as a staff is finding the right time to name a starter. If you wait too late, then nobody's ready for the opener. If you do it too soon then it wasn't a true competition. That will be part of our discussions as well as far as 'okay, here's the plan, here's a date that want to go ahead and name him.'
Hoyer, coming off reconstructive knee surgery, will try to hold off the first-round pick to start Week 1 of the season. It will be chronicled every step of the way, even if football fans say they don't want to hear about it.
Prediction: We are going to go out on a limb here and say Manziel starts Week 1.