Browns fans cringed the moment the team made Michael Lombardi the team's general manager. This week Lombardi gave the team's fans something else to cringe about. He went out and he signed the quarterback that he was singing praises about during his time on the NFL network, he signed Brian Hoyer and according to Lombardi, Hoyer has the tools to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
The real question, now becomes does Hoyer have the tools to become a starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns? The fans have to be thinking Lombardi has lost his mind. The Lakewood, Ohio native was UN-drafted in 2009. He signed with the Patriots and never really materialized. When you have a Tom Brady as your starting quarterback it is easy to understand why.
Hoyer is a local hero who played his High School football at St. Ignatius, he then went on to play his college ball at Michigan State. Hoyer has only started 1 game in his 4 year NFL career. That game was week 17 for the Arizona Cardinals.
During his time in the NFL, Hoyer completed 57 passes of the 96 he attempted. He has a career quarterback rating of 72.2 Hoyer hasn't had much playing time in the NFL and it is hard to understand what it is about Hoyer that Lombardi fell in love with.
What does Lombardi see in this guy that no other NFL team has seen. Hoyer was waived by 2 teams during the 2012 season. How many times has a guy who was cut by 3 teams in one year came back into the NFL and lead a team to success?
It is something that dreams might be made of, but it is something that doesn't happen in the NFL. People have to be wondering if Mike Lombardi hit his head on something last week. It is the kind of move that Browns fans were worried about the moment the team named Lombardi the team's G.M.
Who knows, maybe Lombardi is a genius and nobody knows about it yet. I've learned to never say never,especially when it comes to sports. But this is a reach, even for a guy like Michael Lombardi....
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