Hoyer or Manziel? Pettine still tossing around who will start on Sunday

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BEREA, Ohio-The quarterback controversy in Cleveland will continue for a few more days.

Head coach Mike Pettine has not made a decision on who will start for the Browns Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts airing on FOX 8.

“I’m not leaning one way or the other,” Pettine said about the decision.  “I think given the play recently at that position that it’s time to discuss it.”

But Pettine won’t be doing it alone; the first-year head coach said he will rely on the people he trusts to help him make the decision and that there will be no pressure from the front office on who will start. However, Browns General Manager Ray Farmer will be involved in the discussions as he is with every position on the roster.

“The level of Brian’s play the last few weeks warranted the QB discussion,” said Pettine.

The Browns are 7-5 after losing on Sunday to Buffalo 26-10.

Cleveland is still alive in the playoff hunt and with four games to play the Browns sit just 1.5 games out from the top spot in the AFC North.

“We have to win. That is the bottom line. Anything beyond that would not influence the decision. It’s who gives us the best chance to win this weekend and it’s that simple,” Pettine said.

Brian Hoyer’s play the last few weeks has warranted the decision to look at Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback. Hoyer has 1 touchdown pass, 6 interceptions and 2 losses in the last three games. The hometown quarterback said his confidence has not changed and he still believes he is the best guy for the job.

“You don’t get to 7-5 in the NFL just lucking into it. It’s been a lot of hard work, and I think I’ve proven that I’ve gotten us to this point. I feel like I can carry us through the next four games. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be ready to go,” said Hoyer.

We’ll see if he’s given the chance on Sunday. The game airs at 1 p.m. only on FOX 8!