BEREA, Ohio — Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will turn 29 next Monday, meaning he missed the "Kardiac Kids" era by a couple years.
Brian Sipe played his last game with the Browns in 1983, with Sipe’s signature MVP season occurring in 1980.
Hoyer was asked if he knew much about Sipe and his career with the Browns.
"All I know is the "Kardiac Kids"," Hoyer said Monday. "It was before my time, but maybe I should."
It’s way early, but Hoyer is starting to get a reputation of bringing teams back with the game on the line late. Hoyer has started just seven games in his career with the Browns, but he has three game-winning drives in the final two minutes to his credit.
Sipe spent time on the practice (or as it was called then, the ‘taxi squad’) before finally getting his chance. He was overlooked for the first few seasons of his career being breaking out.
Hoyer is in his sixth NFL season, but had only started one NFL game before he started three for the Browns last year.
Hoyer completed 21-of-37 passes for 292 yards with three touchdowns, one interception and a 98.0 rating. His three touchdowns tied a career high (at Minnesota on Sept. 22, 2013). He improved to 5-2 as a starter.
Against the Titans, Hoyer brought the Browns back from a 28-3 deficit to win 29-28 with 26-straight unanswered points. He threw three touchdown passes in the process with the final one being to Travis Benjamin from six yards with 1:09 to play.
On the final drive, Hoyer completed all three passes for 35 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown.
The come from behind victory was the biggest comeback win from a road team in NFL history. It was also the biggest come from behind win in Browns franchise history.
Mike Pettine said Hoyer’s play only re-affirms the decision to name Hoyer the starter before the season.
"He’s been firmly the guy from the beginning, whether that cements it is fair to say," Pettine said. "His poise, demeanor, the way he handles himself, makes it easy for the team to rally around him."
Hoyer was asked what he’s thinking in the heat of the moment.
"I am surprised how calm I have been," Hoyer said. "I think there’s less to think about. It’s just kind of boom, boom, boom, boom and you’re not thinking about much, just focus on each play one at a time.
"Yeah, you might peek at the clock to see where you’re at, but it’s something you practice a lot and definitely something that I feel comfortable with.
"Obviously, you don’t want to make a living trying to win games that way, but we’ve proven if it comes down to that we’re more than capable of doing it."
Pettine was asked what makes Hoyer good in the fourth quarter.
"Brian does a good job of building a book on the team throughout the game," Pettine said. "As he gathers information, he gets better."
Ben Tate, who rushed for 123 yards in his first game back from injury, said he told his teammates they need to not make it as tough on themselves.
"I told them we can’t keep winning games this way," Tate said with a smile.
"If we can ever put a complete game together…, we just hope it doesn’t come down to the last play."
However, Hoyer said something that’s the reality of the NFL. The Browns have played four games with a total of just eight points being the difference.
"That’s what this league is about," Hoyer said. "It just comes down to a few plays. It’s who makes more plays. We did have a couple of calls that we were lucky and we got a call or the ball bounced our way and we could have been 1-3, but when its all said and done, it comes down to we’re 2-2 and we made one more play than they did."
Hoyer said it was easy for the offense to not panic when the score was 28-3. Just a month ago in the season opener, the Browns were down 27-3 at halftime against the Steelers. The Browns rallied to tie the game at 27 before losing on the last play of the game on a field goal.
Hoyer was asked what his mindset was, as well as the offense.
"We’ve been here before," Hoyer said. "It wasn’t too long ago in Pittsburgh that we were in the same situation and we fought back. I’m not going to lie to you that I knew we were going to come back (and win) but there was no doubt in my mind that we were going to fight. This time we just made one more play (than in the Steelers game)."
Hoyer said with the return of the Steelers this week to FirstEnergy Stadium, he thinks the Browns can capitalize on the momentum of the win over the Titans.
"I hope we can build on the momentum," Hoyer said. "I think it will be easy to do this week playing the Steelers at home, it won’t be tough (to be ready)."