Typically, after victories in the NFL, players enjoy 24 hours to celebrate and relax after three days of on-field work and countless hours of film study.
However, in the hours following Sunday’s 17-6 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns quarterback
“You really get over the win on Sunday night, and I started watching Buffalo stuff when I was watching Sunday Night Football,” Hoyer said. “It’s a quick turnaround, and it’s a defense that’s not very simple. They are some complications to them, so you have to figure it out quickly. Our coaches have done a great job of breaking it down and setting up a game plan that’s manageable on a short week, so, it’ll be good to get out here today and get our first real practice in, rejuvenate and get going.
“I really try to stay in a little bubble, from home to work. That’s what my life consists of. There’s not a lot of time for anything else. It’s a very time-consuming job, and for me, I want to put into it everything I can, not only here, but when I’m at home, I’m trying to do a little bit extra too.”
By working hard in the film room, the Patriots were able to limit the amount of surprises that could come up during a 60-minute game.
“You just learn how to prepare and cover all of your bases,” Hoyer said. “I never felt underprepared, and I think I’ve taken that with me everywhere I’ve gone. People say, ‘I believe in luck, and the harder I prepare, the more luck I have.’ That’s the way I think.
“Obviously, something’s going to get thrown at you that you haven’t seen before. That’s just the way it is in this league. You try to prepare as much as you can, and the more prepared you are, the more comfortable you are out there.”
By studying film throughout the week and focusing on his work despite the distractions of playing quarterback for his hometown team, Hoyer, a native of North Olmsted and graduate of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, has inspired his teammates.
“I love his confidence,” defensive back
“He’s just a really good leader. He comes off to the sideline and is talking to us, coming and slapping us on the helmet. He’s just really involved, and when you have a quarterback that is walking around, super confident, it just makes you feel better.”
The confidence Haden sees in Hoyer comes from his past successes and desire to help the team in the future. Hoyer was an undrafted free agent who beat out three other quarterbacks to back up Brady.
During his time with the Patriots, Hoyer completed 27 of 43 attempts for 286 yards and one touchdown against an interception. Last season, after being released by the Patriots, Hoyer made two appearances for the Arizona Cardinals, including one start.
“Always, in your mind, you’re waiting for the chance to go and do it on the field just to re-confirm it to yourself,” Hoyer said. “The limited playing time I had over the years definitely told me I can go out there and do it. I don’t think it’s ever a lack of confidence. You just want to go and prove it to yourself.”