When team’s talk about a quarterback competition, they talk about comparing the guys competing in similar situations. The Browns couldn’t have asked for a better situation than the one fate handed them. After one of their quarterbacks went down with injury, they had the luxury of watching Brian Hoyer go in and play the same number of games as the guy who hurt his thumb.
Hoyer was able to excel to a level the Browns and their fans haven’t seen in a while. Do people realize how good of a quarterback Hoyer really is? I doubt it, they just know he brought the Browns 2 wins in a row after the team started their season with 2 losses.
There are still people arguing that the guy with the sore thumb could have performed better had Josh Gordon not been serving a 2 game suspension due to his problems with the NFL substance abuse policy.
When you sit down and analyze the numbers, you can see it wouldn’t have mattered whether the guy with the sore thumb had Gordon or not. The guy with the sore thumb had Gordon throughout the 2012 season and he still couldn’t produce the numbers Hoyer has produced in just 2 weeks.
Lets start out with the number that really sticks out to me. The ESPN TQR. There are some that think this is a useless number. I never understood why people would say that when all NFL QB’s are compared in the same way.
For the first time in the last 2 season’s, the Browns have a guy in Hoyer that is not at the bottom of the TQR. Hoyer is already ranked 20th in the NFL. That is a ranking that the guy with the sore thumb never obtained, even with Gordon for an entire season.
Hoyer is ranked higher than, Christian Ponder, Matt Schaub, Carson Palmer,Ben Roethlisberger, EJ Manuel, Geno Smith,Sam Bradford,Joe Flacco,Eli Manning, Robert Griffin III,Josh Freeman,Chad Henne,Brandon Weeden,Mike Glennon, and Blaine Gabbert.
Some of the names on the list are guys who are pretty darn good quarterbacks. The list is in order of ranking. Hoyer is 20th so if you read the list of guys just count by one after Hoyer. That makes the guy with the sore thumb number 33 out of the 35 they list.
Hoyer has thrown for 400% more touchdowns than the guy with the sore thumb and has out passed him by 74 yards on less attempts. The Browns should make the commitment to stick with Hoyer throughout the remainder of the 2013 season.
We are not ready to give Hoyer the tag of franchise quarterback but we can certainly see he is out-performing some big time NFL quarterbacks.
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