Johnny Manziel's rookie season was fraught with controversy. Selected 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, the former Texas A&M quarterback first failed to win the battle to start under center before making the wrong type of headlines for his party lifestyle.
When he did get a chance to impress on the gridiron he failed to produce, and ultimately saw his season curtailed by injury.
Head coach Mike Pettine has since failed to confirm Manziel will be the starting QB in 2015 and now an in-depth report on the player's rookie year has revealed that "the Manziel-related problems run deep" in Cleveland.
The report, published by Jeremy Fowler and Pat McManamon of ESPN, cites several Browns players off the record as well as employees of the franchise and around the league - many of whom highlight the unprofessional attitude Manziel brought with him to the NFL.
Late for a very important date
Tardiness and a lack of preparation were accusations levelled by the media at Manziel throughout the 2014 regular season and the report reveals just how true they were.
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Apparently, so often was the QB late for team obligations, towards the end of the season hearing that Manziel was late failed to surprise Browns coaches at all.
His failure to perform as a professional athlete even led one unnamed Browns player to describe Manziel in 2014 as a "100 percent joke."
That lack of punctuality was brought home with stories at the end of the season that Manziel missed injury treatment because he had been out partying the night before.
Initial reports suggested he arrived late to the Cleveland facility, but now the new findings suggest it was even worse:
"Two team sources said security found a player who they felt clearly had partied hard the night before. One source used the words "drunk off his ass.
The official word was that Manziel was "late," but players said they didn't see Manziel until the Browns' chartered airplane prepared to take off in the afternoon, that he was not present all morning."
On the field
It doesn't get much better for Johnny Manziel when analyzing his performances on the field.
It was clear for all to see that, in two starts vs Cincinnati and Carolina, Manziel struggled to get to grips with the pace and complexity of the NFL.
And now stories from within the huddle was revealed just how confused the youngster was at the time.
"Several sources said Manziel either didn't know the plays in the huddle or didn't call them correctly," the report explains.
Players would head to the line of scrimmage more in hope than expectation that the right call would come to fruition. It appears that these issues stem from Manziel's laid back approach to learning plays, one Browns employee stating that his method of preparation was more like cramming for exams rather than a steady learning process.
Overall the outlook for Johnny Manziel does not look good in Cleveland. A huge u-turn on and off the field is required if the quarterback is to have a future in the NFL.
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