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Browns owner says they “expect better” from Johnny Manziel

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Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel admitted he made some rookie mistakes this offseason (while defending his right to party, Beastie Boys style).

But the man who signs the checks that lead to all the money phones said he wants to see his first-round pick straighten up.

“I don’t want to wear this subject out,” Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Johnny said it himself. He made some mistakes. We expect better from him. I’m sure he’ll perform now. We’re anxious to see what he can do on the field, which is what really counts.”

Asked if Manziel had learned his lesson, Haslam replied: “We’ll see.”

Manziel’s close with Cleveland basketball superstar LeBron James, and Haslam said he hoped Manizel emulated players such as him, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

“I think the really great athletes make their news on the field, not off the field,” Haslam said. “Hopefully, Johnny can look at guys like LeBron and Brady and Peyton and Jeter and pattern himself after those guys who make their news on the field not off the field.”

Haslam didn’t specify if he spoke one-on-one with Manziel, but said: “I think we’re all on the same page with Johnny.

“We put tremendous emphasis on working with our players both on and off the field.”

Those words should serve as a stern warning to Manziel.

And if he doesn’t change his ways, Haslam may be forced to try to get a rebate on that first-round pick.

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  1. pridewatcher says: Jul 26, 2014 7:24 PM

    Feel no darkness, promise child.

  2. dlw492 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:29 PM

    I feel like they are giving this kid every opportunity to start, but he keeps regressing… Do you really think they want Brian Hoyer to be their starting quarterback? Honestly
    Funny thing is, Blake Bortles would be the clear-cut starter on this team from day one…
    That kind of shows you how they feel about Brian Hoyer

  3. bnwpnw says: Jul 26, 2014 7:29 PM

    Flag. Excessive irony. 15 yard penalty. Replay the down.

  4. fancyleague says: Jul 26, 2014 7:29 PM

    If he’s not careful, he won’t even get his name added to the Browns QB jersey. It’ll jump straight from Weeden to Winston.

  5. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 26, 2014 7:30 PM

    I expect better business practices from Jimmy Haslam

  6. tolan04 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:31 PM

    Yeah because he never did this in college they knew what they were getting in him. At least I hope they knew. Should have taken teddy.

  7. elrock7 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:31 PM

    I think this horse has been beaten to death. Lets just see how he performs, may not even be this season, though I am quite sure they will use any excuse to put him in as soon as possible.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2014 7:31 PM

    Jim is used to dealing with future rebates, no future reprobates.

  9. cletusvandam says: Jul 26, 2014 7:32 PM

    Really? Because he is behaving pretty much exactly like everyone else thought he would.

  10. Ferdinand says: Jul 26, 2014 7:33 PM

    They sure have had to do a lot of talking to someone who hasn’t even made the team yet.

  11. ccc23454 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:35 PM

    I think Manziel has less character issues than his owner Jimmy Haslam, must be nice to buy your way thru that legal system!

  12. tinbender2000 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:35 PM

    In other words straiten up Johnny, or else Jimmy’s gonna hang with you after hours.

  13. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 26, 2014 7:36 PM

    And Haslem we expect you as an owner to pull your head out of your backside and hire people that have a Flippin clue what they are doing. Farmer Pettine and you are the current version of the 3 Stooges.

    You knew what you were getting when the homeless guy told you to Draft him. Go swindle some more truckers out of their rebates clown

  14. clawedjeroo28 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:37 PM

    “Get a rebate on that first round pick” I see what you did there… Clever sir

  15. olcap says: Jul 26, 2014 7:37 PM

    So Haslam, Goodell, and the rest of the NFL is just gonna ignore that photo in the restroom?

  16. mrtevytev says: Jul 26, 2014 7:40 PM

    I guess RG3 wasn’t a good enough example to get ppl to shut up about “Off Field Distractions”. In that offseason HE not Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson was in the news constantly from being a Heisman winner, To a team trading it’s future for him, To being on every other commercial. What did he do? Only throw for 300+ yards in his first game, WIN the game, WIN Rookie Of The Year, & Take his team to the playoffs … on one leg by the way. Wish ppl including Haslam would pump the breaks and let the kid play first, RG3 is a good example that “Off Field Distractions” shouldn’t penalize a player who hasn’t taken a snap yet.

  17. jimbo75025 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:42 PM

    “Haslam said he hoped Manizel emulated players such as him, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter”

    Yes of course ! Johnny Manziel is the first name that comes to mind as the logical successor to that collection of fairly classy individuals.

  18. wwdnd says: Jul 26, 2014 7:44 PM

    What rookie mistake? Who cares if a kid parties a little during his time off? Did he get arrested? Did he knock out his girlfriend? Nope. This is asinine.

  19. The Pittsburgh Steelers: God's Team says: Jul 26, 2014 7:44 PM

    You knew what you were getting.

  20. timothyinbrazil says: Jul 26, 2014 7:46 PM

    Just trade him to Dallas already…

  21. iamdinguskhan says: Jul 26, 2014 7:51 PM

    This team is going to implode. Terrible ownership, terrible management and a rookie who is self destructing before he has even played a NFL game.

  22. cags777 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:53 PM

    I have zero sympathy for Haslam and the Browns organization. They knew exactly what to expect when drafting Johnny Football. There is no reason they should scolding him for being Johnny Football.

  23. RavenzGunnerz says: Jul 26, 2014 7:55 PM

    Still haven’t got enough Manziel news.

    Even ESPN is not covering enough. Please keep bringing more…

    Also, I am starting to get annoyed about the lack of LeBron news.

    Thanks.

  24. bonnovi says: Jul 26, 2014 7:58 PM

    I bet Johnny Manziel gets most of his “product” from truck stops. Particularly Pilot Flying J truck stops.

  25. radar8 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:58 PM

    olcap says:
    Jul 26, 2014 7:37 PM

    So Haslam, Goodell, and the rest of the NFL is just gonna ignore that photo in the restroom?
    —————————————————-

    What can they do? It’s not against league rules to roll up dollar bills. It’s not against league rules to be in a bathroom.

    League: We’re fining Johnny Manzeil for rolling US currency in the bathroom.

    Seriously?

  26. brianstevens0915 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:02 PM

    Like I say to my kids… you get what you get and you don’t get upset. You are the fool who drafted a fool

  27. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jul 26, 2014 8:04 PM

    Manziel doesn’t give a Flying J.

  28. snapcracklepopfart says: Jul 26, 2014 8:09 PM

    Johnny never wanted to go to Cleveland. You could see it when he was drafted.

    Now he’s trying to be made available for Dallas or Houston for 2015 or 2016 – I’d even bet Jerry Jones whispered to him that he’d take him in down the road if he found his way out of Cleveland.

  29. csbanter says: Jul 26, 2014 8:11 PM

    Other than that dumb photo in the vegas bathroom what exactly has Manziel done. The Browns knew he was a free spirit when they drafted him. As long as he’s ready when his number is called, who cares for the 1,000th time what he does off field.

    He hasn’t found his way onto a police blotter so he’s ahead of the game and Josh Gordon.

  30. Raddion says: Jul 26, 2014 8:11 PM

    I’d let the kid be until he plays a couple games and picks himself up off the turf a couple times BUT he needs to stay away from cell phone cameras starting like yesterday. No dollar bills, no more.

  31. turtlehut says: Jul 26, 2014 8:11 PM

    Can’t they learn from the Chargers teams? You draft a Ryan Leaf clone you get a Ryan Leaf clone!

  32. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jul 26, 2014 8:16 PM

    @ numberoneinthehoodg

    Best comment ever by you:

    “Manziel doesn’t give a Flying J.”

  33. guiness17 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:21 PM

    Clueless doesn’t even begin to describe these comments

  34. simonator917 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:25 PM

    What does the homeless guy say?

  35. wolff111 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:26 PM

    The last line is for the ages!

  36. stonedwhitetrash says: Jul 26, 2014 8:30 PM

    Just another entitled wealthy kid having fun, but that will change the first time he gets hit hard by a 350 pound Pro

  37. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 26, 2014 8:31 PM

    What mistakes?

  38. wawa33 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:34 PM

    That photo of Haslem makes him look like he is morphing into “Jerrah” Jones.

  39. greymares says: Jul 26, 2014 8:35 PM

    The media made him the phony football player that he is. Now the media will take him apart.

  40. radioactivechimp says: Jul 26, 2014 8:36 PM

    Jimmy Haslam is a criminal and not in a position to give advice to anyone.

  41. quagmate says: Jul 26, 2014 8:37 PM

    Except he has been on the police blotter twice at A&M, so much for that argument. Under age drinking, false ID and in a fight…this is not going any direction but south before it gets better.

  42. thefiesty1 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:38 PM

    Conduct detrimental to the team requires appropriate punishment. Bench him for 1st offense. Suspend him for 2nd. Etc. Oh, I forgot, cut him after one season.

  43. officialgame says: Jul 26, 2014 8:40 PM

    Sounds like Manziel had a taking with Haslem.

  44. irishgary says: Jul 26, 2014 8:42 PM

    Don’t you think the Browns should have known the kid was a tool before drafting him? Most of us did.

  45. fordmandalay says: Jul 26, 2014 8:51 PM

    Why would they ‘expect’ it? Didn’t they do any research on him before drafting him?

  46. oopsileftthekitchen says: Jul 26, 2014 8:54 PM

    Hope his dance moves are better than Brady’s if ever caught on camera, his fruit baskets arrive earlier than Jeter’s and he leaves Cleveland faster than Lebron.

  47. sportsfan18 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:55 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says:
    Jul 26, 2014 7:30 PM
    I expect better business practices from Jimmy Haslam

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    If Haslem has to try and get a rebate back on Johnny by dumping him to some other team…

    It’s going to be like the rebates his customers get from his company… much less than he was expecting.

  48. SilentMajority says: Jul 26, 2014 9:03 PM

    Sounds like Johnny got a butt chewing.

    If the Browns give up on him then he’s looking at a minimum wage contract at best…that is if anyone else would want to take a chance on him. So it’s probably the Cleveland Browns or McDonalds for Johnny.

  49. brownoholic says: Jul 26, 2014 9:03 PM

    Hoyer! Hoyer! Hoyer!

  50. noleitup says: Jul 26, 2014 9:03 PM

    If Johnny can make the magic happen on the field all this goes away. Otherwise he’s setting himself up for tons of criticism if he’s a bust. Either way im rootin for him.

  51. realityonetwo says: Jul 26, 2014 9:11 PM

    He’s gonna stink anyway, so who cares how he spends the money Cleveland wasted on him.

  52. vincentvega513 says: Jul 26, 2014 9:16 PM

    2008: 4-12
    2009: 5-11
    2010: 5-11
    2011: 4-12
    2012: 5-11
    2013: 4-12

    Yet so many headlines….

  53. txskinsman says: Jul 26, 2014 9:25 PM

    Poor Aggies, Poor Aggies.

  54. brokebackbrees says: Jul 26, 2014 9:27 PM

    For all the haters, Johnny Football sure sells a lot of jerseys.

  55. roadtrip3500 says: Jul 26, 2014 9:27 PM

    Manziel better hope he doesn’t find out what the rest of us working Joes and Janes know. When someone is paying you to work, whether it’s minimum wage or millions of dollars, you represent your employer. If you embarrass them with your behavior, out you go. Remember a few years back when the FedEx courier was recorded with a home security camera chucking a monitor over the customer’s fence? A FedEx executive vice president had to make a video apology and post it for the world to see. That level of embarrassment does not fly in the business world… so if Manziel keeps it up and Haslam is forced to publicly apologize for him, you can be sure Johnny Football could find himself asking if you want fries with that.

  56. philtration says: Jul 26, 2014 9:27 PM

    They can “hope” for more from him but for the Browns to “expect” more is foolish.

  57. filthymcnastyi says: Jul 26, 2014 9:31 PM

    Teddy B > Johnny M

  58. campcouch says: Jul 26, 2014 9:45 PM

    I bit…again. My last Manziel article until he throws a pass in a regular season game. Rookie QB,young American male,worst crime in college was having a fake ID,worst pro crime was being around cell phones. I’m more interested in what the league has to say about Rice, Aldon Smith, the Pounceys, Deion Sanders and the other guys around the league staining “the shield”. So as tempting as it may be to see what new personal offense someone has taken with a guy who isn’t a Manning,Brees,Brady or the FOTM Wilson, I’ll browse the filler blogs about kicker signings. Peace Manziel.

  59. dawsonleery says: Jul 26, 2014 9:48 PM

    Another bust for the Browns. He was gonna fall out of the 1st round too. No one wanted him.

  60. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 26, 2014 9:52 PM

    The Browns don’t exactly have a strong track record developing young QBs lately. Why can’t they just let Johnny be Johnny?

  61. scrotiemcb says: Jul 26, 2014 10:00 PM

    The only way we would know for sure that Manziel was going to be a first round bust is if the Raiders drafted him. But since the Raiders didn’t draft him, we’ll all have to wait and see.

    I would have never guessed that Khalil Mack is going to bust. But the Raiders drafted the poor kid. Do the math…but I digress.

    Manziel should better straighten up, although he probably needs all the cocaine in the world to cope with being stuck in Cleveland.

    And really folks, what rational regular guy would spend a cool Billion to have to be in Cleveland at least 8 times a year. There isn’t one. Only a sleazy scumbag would submit to that, so lets not act surprised that Haslam is in Cleveland.

    That’s all the word I gots for you today folks. Peace. Go Seahawks!!! Dynasty baby!

  62. crazemastercraze says: Jul 26, 2014 10:03 PM

    Why should “Mr.Football” care. He’ll only get suspended for two games at most

  63. nite2al says: Jul 26, 2014 10:04 PM

    Like the other poster, what is the mistake? Please tell me.

  64. billbrasky72 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:10 PM

    Man am I glad the Vikings didn’t draft this clown.

  65. Wineshard says: Jul 26, 2014 10:13 PM

    If he is successful then the off-field partying will be built up by the media. If he is a flop then that will be the reason for his failings.

  66. antispy3 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:18 PM

    Uh, doesn’t Haslem remember earlier in his playing career ‘the Captain” liked to go stepping out on the town with a lady in tow?

    He & George Steinbrenner had words regarding the issue; in the press, face to face. . .

    Think he turned out all right. . .

  67. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 26, 2014 10:33 PM

    I will be the first one to say I wanted Murray, McCarron or Mettenberger.

    That said for all the nonsense Johnny is taking from the media and the 3 Stooges (Haslem, Pettine, and Farmer) I’m pulling for him to shove it up all 3 of theirs.

    The comments these 3 clowns have made are absurd. To the he’s our 3rd string QB, to the he’s a backup by a substantial margin, to the you are not representing the Browns in a positive light to nonsense above I hope he lights it up then ditches these 3 morons when it comes time to re-sign.

    These 3 idiots have done more to put a negative light on the Browns organization than anything Johnny is doing. From crook Haslem, to a dumb GM that doesn’t take the best player in the entire draft in Sammy Watkins, to the head coach that is clueless. There’s a reason the Browns are the laughing stock of the NFL. Their record speaks for itself 2 winning seasons since 1999 and losing 10+ games in 10 out of the last 11 years.

  68. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 26, 2014 10:44 PM

    Never admit you made a mistake your idiot owner and employer will throw it back in your face.

    “He even admitted he made a mistake” what a tool Haslem is.

    The thing with a player like Manziel the more you try to get him to conform the more he will rebel. He isn’t Johnny Football because he conforms. He runs around and makes plays out of his backside. That’s what makes him special. That’s what makes him Johnny Football and makes him entertaining.

    That play against Duke was crazy. That play where he just threw the ball up and I think Mike Evans came down with it was amazing. Sure he’s going to make mistakes on the field. He’ll Peyton Manning, John Elway and Troy Aikman all threw more picks than TDS in their rookie season. Not saying he will be as good as them but I don’t think he will be a Tim Couch, Charlie Frye or Brady Quinn either.

    He hasn’t been arrested. All he’s done is partied and had his friends videotape him being silly. What a crime that is.

  69. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 26, 2014 10:45 PM

    The media is beating this “story” to death. The Browns haven’t had this much national attention in years.

  70. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 26, 2014 10:47 PM

    No wonder no players want to play for the Browns.

  71. pfu2 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:50 PM

    Manziel is like a faster more athletic Drew Brees

  72. uglydingo says: Jul 26, 2014 10:58 PM

    Is snorting cocaine in a Vegas toilet considered a rookie mistake? I’m sure that Haslem, Farmer and Pettine are very understanding and will give Johnny Football the benefit of the doubt. He should supply a urine sample for testing every week.

  73. bengalskuta82 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:21 PM

    Theres a reason why teams passed on him. Yes, he dropped out of the top 20.Blake Jags Qb will be the best one out of the rookie QBs

  74. tictoccpthook says: Jul 27, 2014 12:23 AM

    Manziel hasn’t learned a thing. He doesn’t think he needs too, after all he is ‘Johnny Football’. When he fails this season, you can be sure that it will be someone else’s fault. Hopefully for Browns fans, Hoyer will save the day.

  75. nonetruerthanblue says: Jul 27, 2014 12:27 AM

    Expect better from yourself, Haslam. Such a damn hypocrite talking about character.

  76. steelcurtainn says: Jul 27, 2014 1:43 AM

    already problems. This guys toast!

  77. banky74 says: Jul 27, 2014 2:02 AM

    Browns fans are some of the best fans in the NFL. I used to travel to Cleveland somewhat regularly for work and the people there were incredibly nice to a fault and they’re ALL incredibly passionate about the Browns.

    But I’m sad to say I think Manziel is going to disappoint them. Forget the partying and the childishness. The more film I watch of him in college, the more I see a player whose flaws will be greatly magnified under the NFL lights. Yes, he has a lot of raw talent, but his inconsistent accuracy and his hyper sensitivity to pressure (especially up the middle) are serious problems to correct, not to mention the tendency for his mechanics to break down when he’s rattled.

    I genuinely hope I’m wrong though. Browns fans deserve a winner.

  78. biggdickcheney says: Jul 27, 2014 2:34 AM

    Haslem is a GOP crook and thief

  79. mungman69 says: Jul 27, 2014 2:40 AM

    Johnny Football won’t change much,
    YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE, no one changes much by the time they are an adult.
    The Browns have had some terrible drafts so they have to change their outlook somehow.

  80. thedarkness1970 says: Jul 27, 2014 2:51 AM

    This guy has been a horrible owner. He just paid his way out of of going to jail but he’s giving morality lessons.

  81. denverdude7 says: Jul 27, 2014 6:06 AM

    Dear Johnny,

    You gotta fight,
    For your right,
    To paaaartty !!!!!!!

    Sincerely,
    The AFC North

  82. zoxitic says: Jul 27, 2014 6:43 AM

    I’m not sure if Johnny has mentioned this yet, but he is only 21 years old.

  83. nyneal says: Jul 27, 2014 8:15 AM

    What I don’t understand is why this little twerp gets so much tv time. He has done nothing in the NFL and according to his own coach, is a back up QB. Maybe it’s because he looks like Alfred E. Neuman and people recognize his face from Mad Magazine covers.
    Manziel is a little rich kid who’s been handed everything all his life and he’s going to learn that in the NFL the real hungry guys are the guys who weren’t so privileged growing up.
    Those people who compare him to Drew Brees and other established NFL QB’s are dreaming.
    I can’t wait until some 300 lb defense lineman crushes him, then we’ll see that arrogant smirk come off his face. But I’ll have to wait, unless they do it over on the Browns’ bench.

  84. onbucky96 says: Jul 27, 2014 8:17 AM

    Yeah…that ain’t gonna happen.

  85. keltictim says: Jul 27, 2014 8:24 AM

    U wake up late for practice and you don’t wanna go, your coach says please and you still say no, you missed two reads and no play book. The coach coaches games like he’s some kinda jerk. You gotta fight for ur right to partay!

  86. omeimontis says: Jul 27, 2014 8:42 AM

    If the wanted a choir boy, they should have signed Tim Tebow. The way they publicly criticize him is going to make it difficult for them to keep him after his rookie contract expires.

  87. 1952vikefan says: Jul 27, 2014 9:25 AM

    they didn’t know the house that Johnny built was a frat house

  88. warhammer420 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:29 AM

    You knew what you were getting when drafting Johnny Vegas. I expect better judgement from an NFL team owner.

  89. lostsok says: Jul 27, 2014 9:37 AM

    So…considering his apparent love for bathrooms and white powder…can we drop “Johnny Football” and start calling him “Flying J”?

  90. kenny328usa says: Jul 27, 2014 10:59 AM

    is it possible to be a draft bust before training camp starts?

  91. gfan8611 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:11 AM

    As long as he’s selling tickets and tee shirts for the Browns they’ll be happy with him.

  92. donmcg2012 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:35 AM

    Haslams ego about to take a major hit. Roll up Johnny has no chance to succeed.

  93. thetooloftools says: Jul 27, 2014 12:09 PM

    that’s ok, we expected more from our owner. ripping off people is not good for your look, jimmy.

  94. jetsbandwagon says: Jul 27, 2014 12:55 PM

    Geno Smith= Top 5 QB in 2014! The Cleveland Clowns are stuck with Johnny Bust! 2-14 for this train wreck of a “franchise”!

    #JetsOwnTheAFC
    #GodsTeam
    #GladWereNotTheFactoryOfSadness

  95. coloradofort says: Jul 27, 2014 1:21 PM

    I am rooting for Cleveland to turn it around….I have hope for Manziel but he is a pampered athlete who is now moving into the professional workplace and needs to adjust.

    If he does not he will have plenty of time to party once he is out of football in 3 years.

  96. El Pollo Loco says: Jul 27, 2014 2:29 PM

    The browns should sign Terrel Owens and chad ocho cinco Johnson because those three in that locker would be sports talk gold

  97. bluenose1965 says: Jul 27, 2014 2:35 PM

    People are determined to get offended by this kid. He’s on day 2 of training camp and already he’s a bust. What a load of garbage.

    As for his off-field “issues”, i’d think as long as he stays away from the range of Aaron Hernandez, Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Vikings party boats, Brett Favre’s junk and many, many, many more NFL players who have been real off-field problems. He’ll be fine.

    Let’s look back at the guy in January and see who the Browns really drafted.

  98. oldcracker says: Jul 27, 2014 7:47 PM

    I believe the Browns fans “expect better” from Jimmy Haslam, too.

  99. kgb108 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:38 PM

    Lipstick on a pig

  100. soleman50 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:32 PM

    Think calling the kettle black fits here!!

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