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Will Manziel have the ability to call audibles?


The reality that Robert Griffin III will have the ability to call audibles in 2013 means that, during his first two NFL seasons, he lacked that power.  Which raises an interesting question for the most talked-about NFL rookie since Griffin.

The guy who put the restrictor plate on RGIII was offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.  And Shanahan now runs the offense in Cleveland.

So will Johnny Manziel have the power to change plays as a rookie?

It’s not relevant unless and until he plays.  And with Manziel posing with Biebs while showing a literal index finger to the world and a figurative middle finger to the Browns, Manziel could be daring the front office to do something about his refusal to tone it down.  Like relying on Brian Hoyer when September rolls around.

Once Manziel plays, the question of whether he’ll be able to change the play that was called may not matter, because once the ball is snapped he may decide to go full-on Favre and act like he’s playing “keep away” on a playground.

If Manziel thrives, whether he’s doing so as scripted may matter only to Shanahan.  But even if Manziel struggles, the guy who has shown defiance to date of the team’s reported order to go easy on the social media shenanigans may feel empowered to do whatever he wants to do once he’s playing, regardless of whether Shanahan likes it or not.

Ultimately, Manziel is smart.  He’s smart enough to know that, no matter what the team says or thinks, they traded from No. 26 to No. 22 because they want him to be their quarterback.  And that’s what they’ll getting, exactly the way Manziel wants to be their quarterback.

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57 Responses to “Will Manziel have the ability to call audibles?”
  1. simonator917 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:22 PM

    I’m pulling for you, Johnny! There’s an old song by an even older singer named Frank Sinatra. The song is titled, “My Way.” Check it out on iTunes. That should be your theme song!

  2. icallbs81 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:26 PM

    I didn’t know you could call audibles from the bench?

  3. osidebrownsfan says: Jul 1, 2014 4:31 PM

    One way or another, this kid is going to be bad Ju-Ju.

  4. seachicken64 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:34 PM

    Will Biebs get jealous if he is calling Audibles?

  5. supermadelf says: Jul 1, 2014 4:34 PM

    “It’s not relevant unless and until he plays” ’bout sums it up.

  6. tvjules says: Jul 1, 2014 4:35 PM

    Dumb and Dumber, Too — Starring Kyle Shanahan and Johnny Manziel.

  7. deltaoracle says: Jul 1, 2014 4:35 PM

    Whether he calls them or not, you can bet the farm that he’s going to run them.

  8. nickinneohio says: Jul 1, 2014 4:36 PM

    If you see that, change the play to this. What NFL QB doesn’t do that? Every play has a plan B.

  9. bworacle says: Jul 1, 2014 4:36 PM

    Yes, he can audible Justin Bieber to pass the bean dip.

  10. primenumber19 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:39 PM

    Well known the shanahan kubiak tree don’t believe in audibles. One of the many reasons they are chumps.

  11. robertocfg says: Jul 1, 2014 4:43 PM

    Not even Luck could change plays as a rookie. What makes you think this clown will? The Brownies should be more concerned with him figuring out what is a playbook for, considering he didn’t even have one back in college.

    Look, JFF is a highlight reel on cleats. Browns fans should hope that those highlights are more SportsCenter Top 10 than Blooper Reel. And about doing it his way, remember that Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus also tried to do it their way, and if you asked them today, I don’t think they’d be proud to sing to Sinatra’s tune. Elite athletes succeed because they understand that their job is a 24/7 job., and game day is only the culmination of busting their asses off for days, weeks and even months just preparing for that day. Talent alone can only take you so far.

  12. simonator917 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:44 PM

    Leave it to Bieber?

  13. chinahand11 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:45 PM

    Please stop it! Manziel is the gift that keeps on giving for sportswriters, and he hasn’t taken a real snap yet.

  14. danind says: Jul 1, 2014 4:57 PM

    “Any Given Sunday”

  15. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 1, 2014 5:01 PM

    Whether he has permission or not, he is the one that controls the action and makes the choices out there. If they don’t want him to do it and he did, would they bench him for it? Probably not. He’ll eventually test their resolve at some point to see how loose and firm their guidelines truly are. Or they could have taken the time to put offset language into the contract that spells out what the rules are, but that’s probably not on the table at this point. Let’s see what Johnny does!

  16. anothervoiceofreason says: Jul 1, 2014 5:02 PM

    How hard are his offensive linemen willing to put their bodies and careers on the line to block for this *leader* of their team? I have to wonder if they’re thinking that maybe letting a couple of defenders slip through might, just might, get their QB to stop making embarrassing headlines for the team.

    “What’s that? I didn’t hear that audible…” This could even happen as early as training camp.

  17. brynebrywilkerb0310 says: Jul 1, 2014 5:04 PM

    I’m going to reserve comment on the kid until he takes his game day snaps under center. Starting with August 9th. All of this other crap sounds like a bunch of crotchety old men who swore up and down that the NFL was far superior to the AFL. Let’s see some Suh thrown at him and make some judgments after that. If the kid can booze it up, do the clubs and win games like Bobby Lane, I’m all in. He’s got extreme confidence and Cleveland, and NFL fans in particular, just aren’t used to that.

  18. iamdinguskhan says: Jul 1, 2014 5:10 PM

    The blue collar AFC North with the devastating pass rushing from the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals will destroy Manziel. I’m sure in all of their locker rooms they will have the pic of Manziel hanging with Bieber on their poster board.

  19. neelymessier says: Jul 1, 2014 5:11 PM

    cmon Florio! Of course he has the “ability”. Maybe the word you couldn’t find was “freedom”.

  20. bensstinkyfingers says: Jul 1, 2014 5:12 PM

    He’ll be holding the clipboard until bye week or until Hoyer gets injured. The Manziel party coverage is getting tired. Most of the world could care less if he’s getting hammered with celebrities or dunking oreos in milk with his G-ma, as long as he’s dedicated and gives a 100% while he’s at work. Pretty sure most of us that has some kind of social life in our early twenties were out having fun,being knuckleheads at that age on nights when their was no work the next day. Now if he shows up to practice still drunk on sizzurp from hanging with that dweeb Beiber then it’s time to start worrying.

  21. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 1, 2014 5:12 PM

    Johnny Manziel

  22. weepingjebus says: Jul 1, 2014 5:13 PM


  23. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 1, 2014 5:13 PM

    So, in my post above, it seems I can use HTML tags for style, but not to create my own poll.

  24. huckleberry1110 says: Jul 1, 2014 5:30 PM

    Johnny Football proves the old saying that “losers love to see someone fail.”

  25. rolltide510 says: Jul 1, 2014 5:33 PM

    Everything Manziel did in college was the result of improvisation. If you take that away from him, you just have a hungover guy who can run fast.

  26. greymares says: Jul 1, 2014 5:39 PM

    Why would Manziel be able to call audibles for Brian Hoyer ?

  27. jmc8888 says: Jul 1, 2014 5:45 PM

    Ultimately Manziel is smart? What on Earth has given you that impression, it’s about 180 degrees opposite of all sane people.

    The guy is treating his NFL opportunity like he is in high school, and so he should be called Johnny Boyziel from now on.

  28. qdog112 says: Jul 1, 2014 5:47 PM

    No matter what lies Manziel told the Browns and the other teams, pre-draft, since then he has boldly indicated his true intentions.

    He has said he won’t change for anybody. Last time I checked, anybody includes, well, everybody. To his credit, he’s doing what he said he would do.

    Now, do you trust him to have the keys to your car at 2:30 in the morning after a few Johnny Walker Reds or Blacks? You get the point. Denying audibles may be the last and only control the team may have over him.(if they’re afraid to keep him on the bench)

    I wouldn’t let him make anything but the most rudimentary calls. Only two choice, black and white decisions. If he rejects that and does is own thing, then Pettine, Farmer, Halsam and Shannahan have bought a ticket on the Titanic without a life raft.

  29. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 1, 2014 5:52 PM

    Very few quarterbacks have the freedom to call real audibles, where they change the play at the line of scrimmage. Almost all quarterbacks have options built into whatever play is called so they can call the exact play after they see how the defense is lined up. No rookie is going to have the freedom to call audibles.

  30. realitycheckbaby says: Jul 1, 2014 5:58 PM

    Depends on the degree of hangover is my guess.

  31. td40 says: Jul 1, 2014 6:11 PM

    “It’s not relevant unless and until he plays.”

    The takeaway message from about 99% of the Manziel stories in the press.

  32. nicofthenorthstar says: Jul 1, 2014 6:13 PM

    He hangs out with Bieber. Good luck with that, Cleveland.

  33. mogogo1 says: Jul 1, 2014 6:27 PM

    “Ultimately, Manziel is smart.”

    Where exactly has he demonstrated this intelligence? This is the same guy who called up a parking cop to try and talk his way out of a ticket. The same guy who sold his autograph and got caught.

    He’s an amazing athlete, no doubt, but nobody would call him a cerebral player in college. And he admitted to only visiting campus like once a month during his final year because he was supposedly taking most of his classes online, which pretty much translates into he wasn’t doing anything academically.

  34. anothervoiceofreason says: Jul 1, 2014 6:42 PM

    mogogo1 says: Not to mention hiring his best friend from middle/high school to act as his personal assistant and “press secretary”, who was tasked with screening out potential people who might do him harm if let into *their* inner circle.

    The list of bad decisions goes on and on…

  35. ytownjoe says: Jul 1, 2014 6:48 PM

    First, he has to beat out Hoyer.

  36. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 1, 2014 7:08 PM

    He’ll call them with his money phone.

  37. smokim says: Jul 1, 2014 7:23 PM

    Will Manziel have the ability to call audibles?

    Not with that dam lisp..

  38. luz56 says: Jul 1, 2014 7:30 PM

    We can make all the comments we want but proof will be on the field… After game 6 we can then say put up or shut up!

    I can say I hope that Johnny “the Nose” Manzeil fails only because of attitude and character

  39. clbrwns says: Jul 1, 2014 8:09 PM

    Geez. Can we wait to even see if he can get on the field…. As a Browns fan I’m sick of this guy.

  40. footballchic777 says: Jul 1, 2014 8:25 PM

    2014……RGIII can Cahill the plays in 2014…… And no, I don’t think Manziel will be given that, but I think he will do it anyways…. if he gets in.

  41. donnymacjack says: Jul 1, 2014 9:16 PM

    “The reality that Robert Griffin III will have the ability to call audibles in 2013…”

    Huh? Pretty sure this is 2014, but then again I’m a child of the ’60’s so there might be a little brain damage on my end. 🙂

  42. donnymacjack says: Jul 1, 2014 9:22 PM

    If your OC doesn’t trust you enough to change a play based on the defense you are reading…well then he shouldn’t be playing you.

    It’s absurd that Shanahan didn’t give RG3 the ability to do that in his first two seasons. It tells me that his QB coach isn’t good enough to you know… him.

    Hell limit the play calls to a smaller portion of the playbook, but don’t hamstring your leader by not allowing him to check to something that has a chance of working when he sees what is called won’t. Ya gotta give the guy a chance to fail if you want to give him a chance to succeed.

  43. brettfavresmidget says: Jul 1, 2014 9:35 PM

    He’d look great in an Alouettes jersey.

  44. anothervoiceofreason says: Jul 1, 2014 9:39 PM

    “The Factory of Sadness That Johnny… Redecorated”

  45. ryno37 says: Jul 1, 2014 9:51 PM

    Maybe he could sing the audibles with “the beebs”!

  46. bucsorbust says: Jul 1, 2014 9:54 PM

    The only calls Johnny will be making will be on his money phone. But by week three, that line will be disconnected.

  47. bucsorbust says: Jul 1, 2014 9:58 PM

    What do Manziel and Tebow have in common? They both attract media attention. What makes them different? Tebow has won more playoff games than Manziel will ever dream of. And yeah, I get it. Tebow shouldn’t be in the NFL What does that say about Johnny Bust?

  48. 6superbowls says: Jul 1, 2014 10:19 PM

    I ‘d imagine he’ll probably want to mimic Peyton With his audibles. Only with his twist. Instead of “Omaha! Omaha!”. It’ll sound something like, “Franklin! Franklin!” “Check!” “Grover, Grover!” “Cleveland!”.

  49. davikes says: Jul 1, 2014 10:39 PM

    Martini! Martini! Martini!

  50. devildog911 says: Jul 1, 2014 10:46 PM

    His brother Justin and his dad Floyd will be rooting for him. Meanwhile, his sister Miley is busy planning of getting a tattoo of Johnny Football on her tongue.

  51. iamdinguskhan says: Jul 1, 2014 10:47 PM

    The Bieber will be singing in plays through his in helmet mic.

  52. ubepunkedagain says: Jul 1, 2014 10:56 PM

    Johnny do what Johnny want to do. No one put Johnny in a corner.

  53. icebowler says: Jul 1, 2014 11:25 PM

    Jonny is super fast. He might have been really good at “futbol”.

  54. NoobTubeTV says: Jul 1, 2014 11:27 PM

    Manziel will audible like he is playing Madden and ask his teammates where the hot route button is located on the field.

  55. bornahawker says: Jul 1, 2014 11:36 PM

    SURE!!!! Pass me my pile of MONEY!!!! OMAHA!!

  56. crackerjackisracist says: Jul 2, 2014 1:05 AM

    He can’t hear. Too much money

  57. avenger9800 says: Jul 2, 2014 6:32 AM

    As a Browns fan you’re sick of this guy? As a Browns fan you should be sick of the media that can’t get off his back!

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