Johnny Manziel missed out on the chance to make his first start in the NFL this week after Browns' head coach Mike Pettine revealed that Brian Hoyer will be the starter for the trip to Indianapolis.
The main reason that Hoyer has been given the reigns for another week is because he's got them to the impressive 7-5 record so far this season. But in the game against the Colts, Hoyer's performance will be heavily scrutinised by the Cleveland fans and staff, while the media will have a field day if he is off color again like he has been in the last four weeks.
Manziel on the other hand, he's disappointed but willing to work hard to prove himself some more. Some experts thought he had already done enough to earn the number one spot over an ailing and under performing Hoyer, but Pettine has remained calm and trusted his man.
Manziel responds to the bad news
In response, Manziel says the next time questions over Hoyer's ability to lead the team arise, he hopes that Pettine will then at that point tell him it's his turn to lead the team and make his first start in the NFL.
"Obviously, that's a decision that's made by coach Pettine and this week his answer was, 'no,''' Manziel told Fox Sports. "Moving forward, whatever transpires, maybe next time the answer will be, 'yes.'''
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Manziel has a message
But Manziel is ever the diplomat. Deep inside he will be devastated that he hasn't been rewarded with the chance of going again.
This one Manziel's one chance this season to possibly lead Cleveland to the playoffs and possibly play in the post-season. But it's likely that the next time Manziel gets the opportunity to play is when Hoyer has ruined Cleveland's chances at the post-season. Regardless of the bad news for Manziel, the rookie quarterback says he respects the decision made by coach Pettine.
"Obviously, that's a decision that's made by coach Pettine and this week his answer was, 'no,''' added Manziel.
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