Pettine: No QB decision has been made

Head coach sticking with commitment to name starter before third preseason game.

Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel are still competing to be the Browns' starting quarterback. 

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BEREA, Ohio - A day after Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine named Brian Hoyer the starter for Monday's preseason game at Washington, Johnny Manziel quarterbacked the Browns No. 1 offense in Friday's practice.

So, the competition continued, and it continues, too, as the Browns move past the public portion of training camp and towards a three-preseason-games-in-10-days stretch that should include a final decision on a starting quarterback for the Sept. 7 season opener at Pittsburgh.

That decision, Pettine said Friday, is still not made.

"All of our options are still on the table," Pettine said.

Hoyer got about 75 percent of the starter's reps through three weeks of public training camp practices and also started the preseason opener. Hoyer and Manziel never alternated on the same day betwen the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses, but Pettine's plan for the Washington game is to have them share reps with the starters.

He said an NFL Network report that they'd alternate every two series isn't accurate.

"It's hard to say how it will go," Pettine said. "We want to make sure we get the reps balanced. It's hard to go every other series.

"I don't want to back myself into any commitment on it's going to be this or going to be that."

He is sticking with his pre-camp commitment to naming a starter before the Aug. 23 third preseason game, which could mean as early as next week after the Monday night game at Washington.

"We're hopeful," Pettine said of naming a starter next week. "Something unforeseen could come up. The chemistry, the continuity, it's important to establish that.

"I think quarterback is different from other positions in that you do want to make a commitment. It's the one position you have to have more patience."

Of picking Hoyer to start again, Pettine said, "That's the decision we made. We are making our decisions based on the information we have and based on the body of work. It's what we decided to do.

"There were a lot of factors involved. When we hashed it out that's the direction we went."

Pettine said he wants the reps to be close to even by halftime and that he's "confident" Manziel will get to work against Washington's starting defense.

"I think going back to the start of camp that they both have made improvements, big strides," Pettine said. "When you look at it, I feel like we're in a good position. We have two quarterbacks we feel have NFL starter ability.

"The decision still has not been made."

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