The Cleveland Browns now have an actual quarterback controversy on their hands after starter Brian Hoyer was lifted for Johnny Manziel with 12:01 left in the team's 29-10 less to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
“The door is definitely open for a change at the quarterback position,” head coach Mike Pettine told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and NBC's Pro Football Talk. “It’s not like we’re just going to go back to Brian. This has been a cumulative thing, where discussions about a change at quarterback have been more and more lively. We’ll evaluate both quarterbacks and have a decision soon.”
If Pettine picks Manziel, the 2014 first-round pick is ready for the challenge.
“It’s obviously up to Coach Pettine and some higher up people than me in this organization,” Manziel stated, via Cabot. “If that’s the case and my name is called, then I definitely will be ready.”
The Browns head home to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
“Maybe get a chance to start at home?" Manziel asked rhetorically. "Cleveland fans are nuts.”
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