Twenty-of-33 for 328 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. That was
‘s line in his debut as a starter vs. the Bengals in Week 2 of 2007 after Charlie Frye was jettisoned after just one pitiful half; he didn’t even last the whole game under center. Thirty-of-54 for 321 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. That was
‘s numbers in his debut. It’s not a carbon copy, but you get the point. It wasn’t all pretty early on for Anderson in 2007, but he hit a groove midseason and fantasy teams in despair at quarterback found themselves with a gem in Anderson. Over his first 12 games as a starter he had three 300-plus yard games and nine multiple touchdown games. Things fell apart towards the end of the season and then crashed the following season, but it was a fun ride while it lasted for Anderson owners.
In 2013, a similar narrative has presented itself. An ugly start caused significant changes in personnel. Analysts used the word ‘tanking’ repeatedly to discribe the Browns’ decision to trade
. The only problem is someone forgot to tell the Browns. They’ve won two games and may have found a quarterback in a similar way they found Anderson. Will Hoyer have more long term success? Who knows, but that’s a question best saved for February; not October.
The common denominator in all of this? Rob Chudzinski. He was Anderson’s offensive coordinator in 2007 and obviously he is Hoyer’s head coach now. He’s demonstrated in the past the ability to make a seamless transition to a new quarterback in-season and he is doing the same now. Instead of
catching passes with Joe Jurevicius as his safety net, this time around it’s
as the safety valve. Through two games, the needle is trending up. With two home games coming up, one in primetime, Hoyer is about to show that he is capable of doing what Anderson did in 2007. The question remains, can he finish? Defenses are going to get tape on him and it’s on him to adjust.
Unlike Anderson, Hoyer is a quick decision maker. He can move around in the pocket and work through his progressions without his mechanics falling apart. Anderson, like former Browns quarterback
, had a cannon of an arm, but also had cement shoes in the pocket, struggled working past his first read, and when things didn’t go well around him his play later in the game suffered. The early book on Hoyer says he is capable of having a short memory, he made some mistakes in his first two games (especially vs. Minnesota in Week 3), but he came back strong from both of them.
So, I ask you – what’s not to like about Hoyer? He has weapons, is on an offense that is on pace to have the great pass:run ratio, has been successful in his first two starts (one against one of the league’s best defenses), and he is playing for a coach that has had success in a similar situation before. He may not be the answer in Week 15, but he is the answer now; if the question is how do I upgrade my struggling quarterback situation. Add him now and get your popcorn ready for Thursday night football. Get in on Hoyer at FanDuel before his price corrects and enjoy the show!