Brian Hoyer on loss to Jags: ‘Even my wife says she doesn’t even want to be around me’
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer had arguably his worst start of the season last week in a 24-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While the entire team was abysmal in the losing effort, Hoyer’s performance was particularly awful. In his 10th NFL start, Hoyer went 16-for-41 passing for 215 yards and one interception. He also lost a fumble and had four passes batted down.
The woeful performance netted Hoyer a brutal 46.3 passer rating, the lowest QB rating of his career by twenty points.
“Of all the games I’ve ever played, that’s the worst I’ve ever felt after one, and it’s something you have to deal with learning on the job,” Hoyer said on Wednesday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. “… For the first time in my career in the NFL, I played a bad game, and it sucks. I take a lot [of blame] on myself, and that’s why I probably wasn’t pleasant to be around the past two days.”
Hoyer is referring to how his surly nature made him an unwelcome presence, even in his own home. He admitted his wife, high school sweetheart Lauren, can barely tolerate his sour disposition.
“I’m just angry,” Hoyer told reporters about how he’s felt the past two days. “Even my wife says she doesn’t even want to be around me.”
Hoyer even admitted that his competitive nature can run his wife the wrong way, even after the Browns come out on top.
“She doesn’t want to be around me when we win, too, because I’m so critical,” Hoyer added. “She’s like, ‘You guys won.’ And I’m like, ‘I know, but I could have done this better.’”
But his mood is particularly foul after the Browns lose, saying a loss “just lingers with you until you get a chance to come back out here and do something about it.”
Hoyer will attempt to leave the terrible game in the past and instead look to right the ship on Sunday against the 0-6 Oakland Raiders, the second team in a row that the Browns will face that had yet to notch a win this season.
In fact, despite the fact that Hoyer’s poor passing day at least partially opened the door to more Johnny Manziel talk — the last thing Hoyer needs — he nevertheless tried to put a positive spin on the disappointing loss to the Jaguars.
“Maybe it’s good we lost last week,” Hoyer said. “I don’t think we underestimated anyone. But I think now we see that no matter who we’re playing, we have to be at our best, and there’s no excuses and we have to go out and execute.”
The team better execute, especially Hoyer. To lose back-to-back games to previously winless teams may be the beginning of an unraveling for the team, not to mention possibly hasten the organization’s move into the “Johnny Manziel Era.”
And if Hoyer can’t lead the team well enough to eke out a win against the lowly Raiders, the quarterback at least should be worrying about his wife having to put up with him again after another devastating loss. Poor woman.
(image via Lauren Hoyer/Twitter)