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Johnny Manziel gets the starting job for the Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns are finally giving Johnny Manziel a chance to prove his worth, announcing that he will be their starting quarterback for the final six weeks of the year.

The quarterback revealed his shock to reporters in the Browns locker room this week:

"I was a little caught off guard, watching film this morning, coach Pett kinda came in and grabbed me," explained Manziel.


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Manziel also clarified his excitement at the chance to start:

"It's big news for me I'm excited, I think as I should be, this is a great opportunity," he said.

The decision to start Manziel comes after he showcased a great deal of improvement in his play versus the Browns' rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Despite the Browns losing the game and only putting up nine points, Manziel himself completed 73.3% of his passes for 372 yards while also displaying a combination of athleticism and pocket poise against an unforgiving Steelers pass rush.

Mike Pettine ratified his decision to start Manziel, saying:

"The performance against Pittsburgh I think, validated for us the progress he's made and the improvement he's shown, and that he deserves this opportunity."

A smart choice by Pettine.

Wise move

While the Browns sit at the bottom of the AFC North division, with playoff hopes not a realistic prospect, its a wise decision to give Manziel the reigns and let him show the Browns organisation that he can either be the starting quarterback next year, or, that he can't be, and that they need to look elsewhere.

Continuing to sit Manziel left the Browns with no idea what he could offer them next season. In these final six games, he can clear some of that ambiguity up.

This week the Browns have a very convenient bye, giving themselves extra time to game plan around Manziel's strengths and skills.

Coming out of the bye, the Browns take on the Baltimore Ravens, another AFC rival who along with the Browns, sit at the bottom of the division.

While the game does not have playoff implications, it could potentially decide who finishes last in the division.

Hopefully, Johnny Manziel can go out and reward the Browns with a win over the Ravens, showing the fans in Cleveland, you have finally found your quarterback!


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