Johnny Manziel has arguably been the most talked about NFL quarterback this year, but now his popularity and reputation has taken a massive dive, proving Manziel's sobriquet 'Johnny Football' is dying.
In fact, things have now gotten so bad for Manziel that he's being outsold in jersey terms by Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer in a complete role reversal after the Browns' outstanding start to the season, according to reports.
Change of fortune
Manziel came out of college in May as the most hyped college quarterback after winning the Heisman Trophy in his redshirt freshman year at Texas A&M. But now Hoyer has the sixth most jersey sales having taken over the once NFL darling of jersey sales in Manziel.
Manziel's decline started when he was only the second quarterback drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft in May. Taken 22nd overall by the Browns, Manziel went into a battle with Brian Hoyer for the starting spot in Cleveland, which he eventually lost.
Jersey defeat could be final nail in coffin
Whether it was partying in Vegas during training camp or flipping off the Washington Redskins' bench in the pre-season, Manziel managed to find a way to garner bad press aplenty during the early part of his Browns career.
Mix that with an impressive start to the season by Hoyer, and Manziel's popularity and media coverage has been taking a massive hit week by week.
The news that Brian Hoyer's jersey is now selling more than Manziel's is just another big kick in the teeth for Manziel, with Hoyer now confirming he is a more popular quarterback as well as a better one.
Big injury could change things
But things could still change yet after it was revealed this week that Cleveland Browns starting center Alex Mack has suffered a season ending broken leg injury that could potentially change the fortunes of the Browns and Hoyer this year.
Mack has been a key part of the Browns new and extremely effective run blocking scheme that has allowed Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West to prosper this season, especially Tate in the last two weeks after his return from an early season knee injury.
This could potentially affect Hoyer's reputation right now because his quality play this season has only been on the back of one of the NFL's best rushing attacks. If Mack's injury does affect the Browns substantially, Hoyer's current reputation may take somewhat of a hit. But not as bad as the one that Manziel has had in the last few months.
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