Hoyer still ‘firmly our starter’

Browns coach Mike Pettine is not looking to make changes at QB after disappointing loss to Jaguars

BEREA, Ohio—Mike Pettine said he’s not ready to make a change at quarterback.

After the disappointing game in Jacksonville, Brian Hoyer dropped to No. 22 in the NFL in QB rating at 88.0. He was 20th in fourth quarter passer rating at 83.1.

Against Jacksonville, Hoyer was just 16-of-41 for 215 yards with an interception and a 46.3 rating against Jacksonville.

“No. Nothing has changed,” Pettine said. “Each week when the offensive staff gets together – and I’ll jump in with them too – when they put the plan together, it’s what gives us the best chance to win. If the situation this week maybe calls for him to play some, then that will be the case.

“We still have…we’re not going to hit the panic button after one loss,” he said. “We know that while the quarterback position needed to be more productive, it was more symptomatic of the entire offense. Brian is still firmly our starter. Like I said, each week we make the decision on if we want to include Johnny in the plan.”

Hoyer said he’s not concerned the offense will bounce back.

“It’s just a bad day,” Hoyer said. “There are 16 games in the NFL. You’re not going to be perfect in every one. The biggest thing for us is we need to take this – we just watched it – learn from our mistakes, bury it and move on. We get two games at home.

“We’re playing Oakland,” he said. “As soon as I get done here talking to you guys I’m going to go back and start watching them. That’s the mentality that you have to have in this league. Whether you win or lose, you’ve got to be able to move onto the next one and learn from the game that you just played and take what you’ve learned and apply it the next week.”

The Browns had their worst rushing game of the season with just 69 yards, but Hoyer said he didn’t think that eliminated the passing game.

“I don’t think they really took away the play-action,” Hoyer said. “Our keepers were there. We hit some big plays on it. We only had one or two other play-action passes.

“Like I said, it’s a copy-cat league, but within that mindset, people are going to do what they do,” he said. “Yeah, they might try to take something here or there, but I don’t think…this isn’t baseball. You don’t get a scouting report on a pitcher who throws a curveball with two strikes. It’s football and there are 11 guys on the field. I think obviously Jacksonville played well yesterday, and we didn’t play well. That’s a bad combination.”

Hoyer said he cannot wait to get back on the field and get the Jaguars’ game behind him.

“I think the biggest thing is people know it’s always an overreaction, whether you win or whether you lose,” he said. “That’s the way this league is because you only get to play one time a week. For us, it’s not to get caught up in the hype. Yeah, we played yesterday.

“We sucked,” he said. “It sucks to admit it, but you have to be able to face the facts and just realize what you need to do to get better. The biggest thing is for us to have watched it and move onto Oakland and not let this linger and come out because, I know for me, Sunday can’t come fast enough. You want to get back out there and be able to play.”

Notebook

Taylor, Rubin Update: Pettine said that he doesn’t expect DL Phil Taylor (knee) back this week from arthroscopic surgery.

“Phil’s progressing, don’t think we’ll see him this week.”

DL Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) practiced last week but was inactive for the game. Pettine said that he’s getting a second opinion on the ankle and surgery might be an option.

Small Signed; Agnew Waived: The Browns dropped FB Ray Agnew and signed FB Kiero Small off the practice squad.

Agnew started Sunday’s game at Jacksonville and played 18 plays (24 %). He caught a 3-yard pass on the opening play of the game. He had started the first six games of the season.

“We’re built on competition,” Pettine said. “He’s been doing an outstanding job on the practice squad.”

Small (5-9, 242) is an undrafted rookie free agent from Arkansas.

It is possible the Browns will re-sign Agnew to the practice squad if he goes unclaimed. He is an undrafted rookie free agent from Southern Illinois.

McDaniel Cut: DL Jaccobbi McDaniel posted on his twitter account that he had been ‘cut’ by the Browns. McDaniel was in the locker room during the portion of practice open to the media.

McDaniel was elevated from the practice squad for the Jaguars game and he played 21 snaps. He had a batted down pass.


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