Before commenting I suggest you the reader come to this as an open mind. Besides the obvious similarities of a hype Quarterback with a great college career going to the Cleveland Browns I am more worried about the coaching staff. I am all for a Johnny to ride the bench considering while he did play great defenses he did not run a NFL style offense (he just start reading his first playbook this week and is only three years out of high school football). What worries me is the coaching staff. Anyone remember Colt McCoy? He was the 2008 Heisman Trophy, runner-up and was a 2009 Heisman finalist. Sounds similar to Johnny? What about playing style? Both of them have a reputation as dual threat quarterback. Both of them broke similar school records.
What about the draft? One reporter commented that McCoy was drafted later than expected because "he lacks NFL size"(McCoy was at the time of the draft 6’2 210). What about the front office? Browns president Mike Holmgren said McCoy would likely not play his first season with the team in order to develop him as an NFL quarterback. However, because injuries to starting quarterback Delhomme and back-up Wallace, McCoy made his first career start against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 6 which again many of us on Dawgs By Nature believe Johnny is going to finish out the reason. We do have an early bye week that might help prepare Johnny if Hoyer does get hurt early. It’s a rare thing for the Cleveland browns not to go through at least 2 quarterbacks a season.
What has me concern is the front office and the coaching staff. I think McCoy could have worked out but was treated wrongly. For example he was encourage to tough it out with his infamous concession incident that reminds me of "Play like a Brown" and having tough players that Pettine advocates. Toughing out injuries is not only give your team a disadvantage in terms of performance you may cause long term problems within the team. Former Jets coach Eric Mangini was a defensive focused coach (another striking similarity) that openly criticized his players. I can't but think of the worst case scenario going on is the Pettine is also criticizing Johnny Football before he even knows the playbook. Some of this might be me having a unique outlook on leadership but I think that both McCoy and Johnny are sensitive kids, a lot of Texans in my experience are very emotional people. Some people just shut down when you have that authoritarian leadership such as Mangini. On my view of what I saw of the first practice Johnny is more accurate and had a better release than Hoyer (I think he is by far more athletic and has a higher ceiling. The front office is quoted as experience is huge in the NFL, however Hoyer has only played in five whole game despite being a veteran I think he has rookie level of experience in live games. Both Farmer and Pettine on national live TV stated that Hoyer was the better player by a significant margin which I don’t think is true. What is even worse is that Hoyer isn’t even practice in whole drills due to medical concern for his leg. So it’s very possible that Johnny will be getting extra reps.
Again I can get the whole lets Johnny sit for a bit but I think it is foolish to openly criticized players that your franchise depends on. If that criticism was say on Little or Bess for dropping balls that would be true and our previous front office should have address that a while ago (I do approve of all roster changes since the sacking of Chud). I just dislike the way every time I see Johnny on film he looks like he just got his a$$ chewed out. He does not look natural, like he is trying to remember what he is supposed to say to reporters. He looks unconfident and does not even remotely resemble Johnny Freaking Football pre-draft. Is this new change because of him dropping down in the draft or is it due to environment? I do think that Johnny is significantly better than all of our previous quarterbacks, but I do think that he is very comparable to Colt. What is that saying those who do not learn from history are doom to repeat it? Yeah that is a perfect quote to summarize our history with quarterbacks.