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Ever since Johnny Manziel made his NFL debut for the Cleveland Browns this week, the topic du jour on the shores of Lake Erie has been who will start under center for the Browns when they travel to Washington Monday night.
Well, word has come down, although Manziel's maniacs aren't going to be happy about it.
As John Breech of CBS Sports reports, head coach Mike Pettine indicated Thursday that Brian Hoyer, not Manziel, will start against the Redskins:
It's just something right now where we are comfortable with Brian going out there to start the game. I think it's a little overblown as to who the starter is going to be. The key component, as I've stated earlier this week, is that we are going to balance the reps. We will play it a little by ear as it goes on, we haven't truly decided as far as the rotation but the goal is, for when we look at the stat sheet at halftime, that they both have the same amount of repetitions and hopefully they both get a good amount of work.
For all the talk about Manziel's performance against the Detroit Lions, Hoyer wasn't exactly chopped liver. He completed six of 14 passes for 92 yards and was more effective throwing the ball than Manziel.
Still, Pettine said he's pleased with Manziel's progress, and "Johnny Football" will once again see plenty of time with the starters in D.C.:
He's been impressive. He's probably slightly ahead of the learning curve where we figured he would've been. I think a big part of it for him is it's essentially him getting the playbook and it has been for a while. And I think he's finally starting to settle down with it.
In other words, this battle is far from decided one way or the other.