Steelers Preparing For Hoyer and Manziel
- Updated: September 2, 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin read the same reports everyone else did and that the Cleveland Browns would be starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback. However, the Steelers coach also acknowledged that his team is preparing for both Hoyer and Johnny Manziel .
“We’ve got a great deal of respect for Johnny Manziel and his talents,” Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “They didn’t draft him in the first round to watch. We fully expect them to utilize him in some capacity in this football game.”
Neither quarterback was especially effective in the preseason. Hoyer completed 24 of 44 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Manziel completed 30 of 59 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns.
“Obviously Manziel has some unique run skills and capabilities,” Tomlin said. “I think they’re capable of highlighting that within the framework of their offense. And it’s not like Hoyer is immobile. I don’t imagine they’re going to be drastically different with either guy in there.”
His opinion on Hoyer is all positive as well.
“He’s a consummate professional, he’s an energy bringer,” Tomlin said. “He’s not going to lose games above the neck. What you don’t see on tape is probably what’s most impressive about him. He’s a good football player, and it doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s the guy that they’ve chosen to go with.”