The Cleveland Browns have named their starting QB for week one and surprise, surprise it isn’t Johnny “Football.”
The Browns organization had been the talk of the National Football League the entire offseason since Manziel was drafted, but now the word is coming right from the head coach.
Coach Mike Pettine and owner Jimmy Haslam both had very similar and seemingly rehearsed comments regarding the quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and the rookie Manziel, the latter of which won the Heisman trophy and starred at Texas A&M.
Hoyer gets the nod
“Brian (Hoyer) is our quarterback” - that was what was being fed over and over to the media; but you got the feeling that had Johnny Manziel played a bit better in the preseason he might have got the starting nod.
Hoyer was the more seasoned of the two playcallers even if it was only by a few starts but it is good to see that the coaching staff recognized that hype does not make the player. That is a lesson that we have all witnessed with the career of Tim Tebow and Ryan Leaf; unfortunately some players just don’t translate or come into the NFL with a load of distractions and baggage.
Now am I saying that Johnny will be as bad a quarterback as Tebow? No, absolutely not. It would absurd to make that comparison as the former has the throwing mechanics and ability to pass the ball (sorry Tebow fans). But is all seriousness, Manziel’s issues lie in the other facets of being a QB; such as making all necessary reads and knowing when to make a move.
Michael Vick type player
He won’t be successful as a pro by scrambling and making breakneck plays left and right, the idea of a Michael Vick type player just dominating isn’t as feasible as it may have been before.
For Johnny “Football” to improve he may just have to suck it up and sit, learn, and get better at the fundamentals. Once he does that he can dash in his flair every now and then to keep defenses honest and break a game open when called for.
Until then, he will be a decent player with a huge following and he has the potential to be better than that for sure.
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