That's exactly what it was.
Hoyer was signed in the offseason to pad Cleveland's quarterback room. For anyone following the team closely, his arrival felt inevitable.
The former New England Patriots quarterback is a favorite of new general manager Michael Lombardi, who during his tenure with NFL Network repeatedly touted Hoyer as a starter-in-waiting. Before Chudzinski was brought aboard, coaching candidates Ray Horton, Ken Whisenhunt and Bill O'Brien each told Browns' brass they would add Hoyer to the roster if they landed the gig.
If Wednesday's quarterback decision wasn't Lombardi's alone, his voice undoubtedly has been heard. An offseason of whispers suggesting the Browns would trade for Ryan Mallett never materialized, but the GM's fondness -- more accurately, his fetish -- for Patriots backups is all over this move:
More Lombardi in 2011: I think Hoyer has all the traits you need, in terms of leadership, toughness, arm strength, ability to move the teamâ Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) September 18, 2013
Add it all up, and Campbell's demotion is no surprise. He is what he is. A strong-armed passer with accuracy issues who struggles to generate points. Hoyer, if nothing else, brings a dash of mystery to the role.
That opened the door for Hoyer to hopscotch Campbell, who must wonder today what his future holds in Cleveland.