"In ideal circumstances, we could have named one," Pettine said on a conference call. "If we do have to wait until after the next game, so be it."
The Browns' coaching staff will meet later in the day to discuss the situation. If a consensus is somehow reached during that pow wow, Pettine conceded that's it still eminently possible a starter will be announced this week.
"We want to get the decision right," Pettine said, "That might be the risk/reward of it -- if we want to make sure that we are diligent with it and do the right thing. I don't want to rush it and make it for the sake of making it and then you're risking the chemistry and cohesion if you have the wrong guy there."
"It is tough to evaluate (Hoyer and Manziel)," Pettine explained, "when the performance around them is not what it needs to be."
The first-team quarterbacks haven't gotten much help from the offensive line or the receiver corps, which displayed a major bout of the dropsies on Monday night.
As bleak as it looks for the offense in mid-August, Pettine stressed that his team is "not anywhere near hitting a panic button here."