Get used to it Cleveland Browns fans. Johnny Manziel and lots of drama. 24-7. The Browns are just a few days into camp and already out come the stories regarding Manziel and whether or not he’s being handled correctly. Handled correctly? Excuse me? Can money boy simply go out on the field and win the starting job over Brian Hoyer? Why must he be handled?
Was Andrew Luck “handled”? Russell Wilson? Tom Brady?
ESPN’s Dan Graziano wrote a piece on Wednesday illustrating some front office issues in Cleveland. Well, what else is new? The piece revolves around Browns general manager Ray Farmer and his comments on 92.5 The Fan in Cleveland. After Manziel’s second practice with the full team, Farmer told radio hosts that Brian Hoyer was the team’s better quarterback “by a substantial margin”. And these comments drew criticism why? Hoyer has 6 years in the league. He has actually started NFL games, he has had to learn a playbook.
I do not like Maziel. I don’t like his attitude. I don’t like his game. He was a dynamic college quarterback but he’ll learn that he’s not playing the college game any longer. His legs will only carry him so far in the NFL. He has a small frame and he’ll take a beating in this league. See Michael Vick.
I watched the NFL Draft. I saw the cameras on Johnny Football as he agonizingly dropped through the first-round. Then as soon as he was selected, here came the cocky player, rubbing his fingers together as he walked across the stage. Son, you haven’t played one snap of professional football.
I do agree with Graziano on the state of the Browns franchise. You have an owner who makes knee jerk decisions. Head coach Rob Chudzinski was given a raw deal last year. I’d challenge any head coach to win more than 4 games with the stable of quarterbacks the Browns rolled out last season, other than Hoyer, who eventually was lost for the season.
But exactly why does Johnny Football deserve special treatment? Why can’t he simply go out on the field and actually win the starting job rather than have it handed to him? Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine have their work cut out for them.
Manziel deserves this treatment. His ego needs to be kicked down a notch. It’s one thing to play with a chip on your shoulder, but it’s quite another to play as if you believe you are the greatest without ever accomplishing anything to date. The quarterback with more nicknames and rap songs than NFL touchdown passes needs to learn some humility. It might take until week one of the NFL season if he gets the starting nod in Pittsburgh.
Welcome to the Big Time kid.