Down 27-3 at halftime against the Pittsburgh Steelers, you might think Brian Hoyer was looking over his shoulder, wondering if Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel would get a chance to lead Cleveland to a season-opening victory.

But that wasn’t the case for Hoyer, and Mike Pettine’s confidence in his starting quarterback nearly paid off, as it took Pittsburgh a walk-off field goal to hold off a furious Cleveland rally and win at Heinz Field, 30-27.

“Coach Pettine has sat me down several times and made it very clear that I don’t have to worry about that,” Hoyer said Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, addressing whether there was concern that he would be replaced by Johnny Football in Week 1. “I just need to go out and play and be the quarterback, and be a leader of this team. He’s told me several times that he has my back, and I trust him.”

Hoyer compared the role he’s playing for Manziel to the role New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played for Hoyer from 2009 to 2011.

“As far as Johnny and I being teammates, I look back to my time in New England, and people wanna ask me, ‘What did you learn most from Tom?'” Hoyer said. “And yeah, there were times where I asked him questions, or sometimes when he voiced something to me. But I think the best thing that he ever did for me was just be himself. And I was able to sit back and watch how a real professional, one of the best of all-time, does it on a daily basis … I think that’s the way I can be for Johnny.”

As for the constant media attention surrounding Hoyer and Manziel?

“It’s part of the job,” Hoyer said. “This is what my reality is. And I think for me, as far as the media’s concerned, yeah, I have to deal with it when I talk to those guys, but for me, I shut myself off from the media world. I don’t watch TV. I don’t listen to the radio. I don’t read the newspaper. I don’t go on social media. And it actually keeps my life pretty simple.”

Hoyer also spoke with Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon about the Browns’ Week 2 opponent, the New Orleans Saints, and the prospect of getting suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon back earlier than expected.

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