Johnny Manziel has lost all but one of the games he has played in this year, yet I still believe he should be the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback as they enter the final seven weeks of the season.
If the Browns were fighting for a playoff spot my opinion would be totally different, but they aren't, they sit at the bottom of the AFC North division and hopes of going to the playoffs literally don't exist.
Now, back in the 2014 NFL Draft the Browns invested a first-round pick in an exciting prospect out of Texas A&M, his name; Johnny Manziel.
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Since then, they have danced around any opportunity to give Manziel a true shot at being the team's franchise quarterback - instead going with veteran signal callers Josh McCown and Brian Hoyer, resorting to Manziel only in times of injuries.
Time for Johnny Football
With the Browns' playoffs hopes dissipated, this is the perfect opportunity to turn the team over to Manziel and start building for next season. It will give the coaches a chance to see what he can do in the final weeks of the season, it'll also give Manziel time to grow, develop, and gain some much-needed rapport with his teammates.
Manziel recently played a very good game versus Cleveland's rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He completed a career-high 73.3% of his passes for 372-yards and a touchdown, albeit with an interception, against a fairly stout Steeler defence.
If he remained the starter, this is the kind of performance he could build on.
He also gave us a few glimmers of the exciting playmaking ability that lead to his nickname "Johnny Football," escaping and eluding tackles on many occasions and scrambling around to buy time.
This is a facet of his game that Josh McCown cannot replicate, and, if nothing else, will give Browns fans something to look forward to each Sunday if Manziel was the starter.
Not on the same page
The sad reality though is that the Browns will go back to Josh McCown after their bye-week in an effort to preserve the jobs of head coach Mike Pettine and the rest of the coaching staff.
This will only result in a loss of morale for Manziel, an increase in his desire to be elsewhere, and it will give the coaches no idea of what they can expect from their quarterback situation next season.
Unless the Browns give Johnny Manziel a chance to be this team's starter for a significant period of time, I fear their eternal quarterback search will continue, and their eternal hunt for a Super Bowl delayed for many years.
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