CHICAGO -- Quarterback
Hoyer, who played the whole game after coach Rob Chudzinski elected to rest his starters and backup quarterback
“I always prepare myself like I’m going to start, regardless of when it is,” Hoyer said. “I got some good work in practice this week as we were preparing for Chicago. I was really excited, and it worked out. It’s awesome, especially with the last two weeks and how things played out. We only got a few series here and there. It’s just good, going forward, to play a whole game and run some plays I haven’t run before and get them in game action.
Hoyer was sacked once for a seven-yard loss, incurred three other quarterback hits, and was forced to scramble for 18 yards when he was flushed out of the pocket four times.
On the Browns’ first offensive play from scrimmage, Hoyer completed a 45-yard pass to wide receiver
However, in the second half, Hoyer went 11 of 17 for 100 yards and the touchdown, 14-yard strike to tight end
“I thought he did a really nice job and showed a lot of poise in there,” Chudzinski said. “(He) took a couple hits and bounced back and was able to engineer what he needed to do. We were running out of guys there toward the end, and that typically happens in your fourth game, but there were a bunch of guys that sucked it up and fought through it and were able to get the win.”
To Hoyer, handling the adversity and continuing to lead the team despite a double-digit second-half deficit was just part of the job description.
“That’s what you’re supposed to do,” Hoyer said. “You’ve got to keep battling. I don’t care if it’s the fourth preseason game or the last game of the year. You’re out there to win. It doesn’t matter who’s out there. You play the game to win. You don’t just play to play.
“We struggled. We shot ourselves in the foot a bunch in the first half. We’d get something going, and then, we had an interception that was on me, a holding (penalty) and things like that. We kind of put it together. The defense did a great job, got the turnover and we were able to capitalize. It’s just good to see when you grind it out. You’re not always going to win big, and I know it’s kind of cliché, but a win is a win, and hopefully, we can take that mentality and momentum into the regular season.”
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