"We're going to meet on that here in the coming hours," Pettine told reporters on Monday. "I'm not prepared to comment on it at this point due to the fact that I have not spoken to both of the players involved."
Pettine said Manziel would "absolutely" be ready to play if anointed as the starter.
Hoyer told reporters Monday that he hasn't "been told anything" about his fate and was "still preparing the same way."
Pettine obviously won't rush to help Cincinnati prepare, but after seeing Hoyer throw zero touchdowns and seven interceptions over his past three games, it makes sense for the Browns to see if Manziel can light a fire under the offense.
The rookie did exactly that in Week 13 against the Bills with an electric eight-play, 80-yard scoring march capped by his 10-yard touchdown burst. Manziel showed nimble feet outside the pocket and looked sharp through the air, throwing the ball with more velocity than Hoyer, who on Sunday couldn't take advantage of a rough-and-tumble Browns defense that generated four takeaways, scored 14 points and hit quarterback Andrew Luck 13 times.
The Browns' D had as many takeaways in the second half as Hoyer and the offense had first downs over the final 30 minutes. The veteran passer repeatedly overthrew open wideouts, prompting Pettine to say Sunday: "You can't (miss opportunities) against a good team, especially in an atmosphere we felt like was a playoff game."
Hoyer was the first to acknowledge on Monday "how fast things change" in the NFL. A month ago he was presiding over a 6-3 team sitting alone atop the AFC North. Today the Browns hover on the brink of extinction, with Hoyer's hopes for a long-term deal all but washed away.
Whether or not the Browns truly feel comfortable handing over their season to a rookie is debatable, but Hoyer has given the coaching staff little choice. It's time to see what Johnny can do.