Brian Hoyer
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The Cleveland Browns announced Wednesday morning (Aug. 20) that they will start Brian Hoyer at quarterback to begin the 2014 season over rookie Johnny Manziel.

Coach Mike Pettine says Hoyer clearly earned the spot.

“He was the clear leader from the beginning,” the coach said in a statement. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”

Hoyer started Monday’s (Aug. 18) preseason game against the Washington Redskins, completing two of six passes for 16 yards. Manziel completed seven of 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Browns’ 24-23 loss.

Manziel, also, was caught on camera giving the Washington bench the middle finger, making headlines that evening.

“That type of behavior is unacceptable,” Pettine said this week. “He should know more than anyone that all eyes are on him.”