Johnny Manziel expects to be better in games than in practice

AP

Johnny Manziel says Browns fans will see a difference between what he’s shown in training camp and what he’ll show when they start playing games.

Asked if he expects to perform better once the games start than he has so far in practice, Manziel said that’s always been his way.

“Always, for me, I’ve been better in a game situation than I feel I have in practice. But I have to come out here and get better with the reps that I’m getting. That’s the main thing, keep getting better, and then when it’s time to go out and play football, it’s time to play football,” Manziel said.

At Texas A&M, Manziel was often at his best improvising when plays broke down and using his feet to avoid the pass rush. But in practices, a quarterback doesn’t get that opportunity: Coaches want to see the play run in practice exactly the way it’s drawn up, and when the pass rush gets near the quarterback, the play is blown dead. Manziel thinks that makes him a better game-day player than practice player.

“There will be times in games, situations in games when things break down, and obviously it’s not practice, there are not coaches on the field, and it will be a little bit — it will be a lot different. But practice is what it is, and we have to get better,” Manziel said.

At the moment, Manziel is running the second-string offense, and Brian Hoyer is the starter. Manziel may have to play better in practice to show that he deserves to start when it’s game time.

111 responses to “Johnny Manziel expects to be better in games than in practice

  1. Poor Johnny.

    The media and fan expectation is going to be brutal. I’d roll a hundy in Vegas as well with that hanging over my head…

  2. Ha coaches must not be letting him run around in circles, close his eyes, and chuck it up for grabs in practice. Can’t wait to see the games but I doubt that stuff will work in the NFL.

  3. “Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face.” – Mike Tyson

    Yeah, except Manziel doesn’t even have a plan. When he gets totally decimated by a supreme NFL OLB for the first time, the sound is going to echo through eternity.

  4. mark the date,

    2 years in Cleveland, 1 year in some other factory of sadness (Dallas or Oakland) and then out of the league.

    Don’t blow your signing bonus in all one place Johnny

  5. Being better in practice at the college level is much different then the NFL. Johnny M. needs to understand he’s playing with the big boys now.

  6. Yeah right, if you can’t do it in practice what makes you think you’re going to be better in games? It’s more likely the opposite that’s probably what he meant. Just looking at his standing, foot work and body language, this clown doesn’t get it.. Glad we drafted Bridgewater. SKOL!!!!!!!

  7. from what I understand the nfl live action games are a little different then college football games

  8. Johnny: if another QB does better than you in practice, how the hell do you expect to do better in a game situation? You’re holding the damn clipboard! The guy who did better in practice is out on the field!

    Some people think a little too highly of themselves…

  9. A true pro takes pride in honing his craft. This guy clearly doesn’t. When the Browns tire of him, he’ll become a Cowboy. I’d say he’d wash out of the league, but Jerry won’t let that happen. So, Johnny Football will probably still be around in 7 years.

  10. No way in hell in a fair competition Hoyer would beat out Manziel. Are you kidding me? A career journeyman backup who started 2 games for Cleveland and threw 3 picks a game vs the most electrifying player to ever step on an NCAA field? No contest. #UnleashJohnny

  11. man the media just doesn’t want to leave this guy alone. have to find something to say. what a pathetic gesture.

  12. He better improve his practice game then or he won’t see the field. Unless forced by the owner, no coach would say “Well Hoyer has looked better in practice, but Johnny promised to turn it on at game time so we’re going with him!”

  13. Still amazed at how much hatred this kid can generate. He probably will be better in games, we saw what he could do against the (allegedly) great SEC defenses.

  14. He has the skills to succeed, and being accountable for the adjustment to pro football is necessary. Stop blaming “it’s just practice” for looking like garbage.

  15. Practice just ain’t about making YOU better…. you do have teammates as well. And as the QB, you have to make THEM better as well. Where do you do that, yeah, practice.

  16. manziel already has his excuses ready for training camp, soon the excuses for preseason, then the regular season and then Hoyer will start week 3….manziel needs to grow up before I can respect him

  17. Wow..this isn’t good. He’s relying on his mobility to bail him out at the next level.

    He better hope the Bernard Pollard’s, James Harrison’s, Suh’s and the knuckle head that plays for the potato skins don’t get ahold of him.

  18. “Johnny Manziel expects to be better in games than in practice’

    Translation: I don’t want to have to earn the job, I just want it given to me.

  19. Yea, the biggest difference between practice and actual games is you don’t get to wear one of those nice red jerseys.

  20. If he were better in practice, he might execute the intended plays better in games rather than having to improvise. If Manziel thinks lack of execution (i.e. improvising) = “better” he will never be a great QB.

  21. What a presumptious d-bag. I think a strong argument could be made that at this point, he hasn’t earned the right to play in games yet.

  22. So….to make sure I have this right…

    In college: concern about wild behavior..
    Johnny: it’ll be different when I’m a pro

    Post-draft: concern about wild behavior
    Johnny: once football starts, it’s all football

    During camp: Vegas and rolled up bills
    Johnny: I meant training camp…THEN it’s all football

    Training Camp: knocking back beers instead of studying, and apparently not showing much in practice
    Johnny: it’ll be different in a game

    I’m beginning to sense a pattern here….

  23. Time to grow or stop wasting everyone’s time. Professional football is a man’s game and it’s serious business. I sure wouldn’t want to put the fate of my team in his hands so he can improvise. Bet Jerry Jones is happy today!

  24. I hope Johnny gets it together. He was super fun to watch at the college level and could really give Cleveland something to be excited about. Thus far it doesn’t seem like he gets it yet. I think the worst thing Cleveland can do is rush him in. If they have another top 10 defense this year than they may not need a super powered offense.

  25. bucrightoff says:

    Good news for Browns fans is next years QB crop is solid for this mistake may be short lived.
    ________________________________
    And they’ll have two of the top five draft picks next year, too

  26. Either he’s going to prove all of his many critics wrong and succeed admirably, or he’s going to crash and burn on a Ryan Leaf/Hindenburg scale. I just don’t see much middle ground.

    Either way, I’ve called my broker and invested heavily in popcorn futures.

  27. Like a teen who fails his/her driving test saying “but I’ll be such a better driver in real traffic conditions”.

    I feel bad for Browns fans for being stuck with this slug.

  28. Can’t improvise against NFL players like you can against undisciplined college boys. Just shows he seems to think the NFL is comparable to college and it’s not even close. Can’t wait to see this kid flat on his back.

  29. You guys are a bunch a jerks for throwing a guy under the bus after four practices. He hasn’t even played a preseason game. Plenty of busts have looked great early in camp, and plenty of Hall of Famers have struggled early on. Don’t be so quick to rush to judgement.

  30. He’s basically saying that he will be better once he can do his own thing and ignore the playcalling. I’m sure that’ll go over real well with the coaching staff.

  31. thepftpoet says:
    Jul 31, 2014 1:07 PM

    The Biggest Mistake in Cleveland Browns History:

    Passing on Teddy Bridgewater for Johny Manziel.
    ============================

    Selling the team to modell in 1961 was the biggest mistake.

  32. I’m sure Johnny Manziel isn’t any less motivated now that he’s on a team than when he had a heck of a practice, pro day. Bridgewater had a less than stellar practice and was ostracized to Minnesota and selected at the bottom of the first round.

  33. If we base his personal life by his actions the media shares with the public, my guess is either he is Lindsay Lohan or Justin Biebers boyfriend.

    I would have never guessed a pro QB.

  34. I used to say the same thing about doing practice tests compared to real tests. Shockingly didn’t work out well.

  35. He will be the best Cleveland Quarterback since Bernie Kosar. He’s got skills & the ability to take command of a game.

  36. barsfordays says: Jul 31, 2014 1:16 PM

    No way in hell in a fair competition Hoyer would beat out Manziel. Are you kidding me? A career journeyman backup who started 2 games for Cleveland and threw 3 picks a game vs the most electrifying player to ever step on an NCAA field? No contest. #UnleashJohnny
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    the most electrifying player to ever step on an NCAA field
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    that honor goes to the one and only…Andrew Luck.

  37. Just as Tebow never got it in practice, was dynamic in games ( both good and bad), and refused to change his game; Mr. “Footloose” will find his NFL career very short. A real change in approach and attitude is needed.

  38. He might as well see if he can somehow get signed onto that concussion suit now. 🙂
    Trying to play backyard football in the NFL is going to be a lot different than what he got away with in college. As others have already referenced, this has Tebow written all over it.

  39. bengalsucker says:
    Jul 31, 2014 1:46 PM
    Can’t improvise against NFL players like you can against undisciplined college boys. Just shows he seems to think the NFL is comparable to college and it’s not even close. Can’t wait to see this kid flat on his back.

    ====================

    Michael Vick has had a very long career doing exactly that. He’s never won anything of note but the league spent a decade+ fascinated by Vick’s ability to run rather than his ability to execute the designed play.

    He’s publicly thrown his coaches under the bus, admitted he never studied game film or the playbook while in Atlanta in his autobiography, and ran an illegal gambling ring. After all that the Eagles still gave him a 5yr/$100 mill contract because he could still run really fast.

    That worked out as well as it did for his previous coaches.

  40. Unles you have one the best defenses in the history of the NFL for the first nine years of your career that will hand you seven or eight 13-9 wins every season playground ball won’t go you very far.

    At least Roethlisberger is a big tough stud and even he gets hurt and misses games almost every year.

  41. There’s a reason he was passed over 21 times, including twice by the Browns. However, I want him to excel. I want Manziel to start week 1 against the Steelers. He would add pizzazz to an otherwise easy win for the Steelers.

  42. Improvising in the NFL isn’t going to be as easy as it was in College.

    I really thought Manziel was going to be something special, but was jolted into reality when he posted a 40-yard dash time of only 4.7 seconds

    To put that into perspective, that time would be slow for a NFL LB.

    Tim Tebow and Andrew Luck both run 4.7 and their were/are succesful running because they are HUGE men.

    Manziel is barely 200 lbs and isn’t faster than the Linebackers and some D-lineman. He better learn how to go through his progressions and use his “escapability” as a last resort.

  43. eagleswin says: Jul 31, 2014 2:09 PM

    bengalsucker says:
    Jul 31, 2014 1:46 PM
    Can’t improvise against NFL players like you can against undisciplined college boys. Just shows he seems to think the NFL is comparable to college and it’s not even close. Can’t wait to see this kid flat on his back.

    ====================

    Michael Vick has had a very long career doing exactly that…”

    Michal Vick is the fastest guy on the field, Johnny isn’t much faster than the Lineman chasing him. You forgot that minor detail 😉

  44. In 3 or 4 years he’ll be doing used car commercials in whatever market he went to college in as his only form of income.

    I’ll eat my words later if he plays well but this guy has bust written all over him and I can’t see how Hoyer could lose the job to him.

  45. bengal4life says: Jul 31, 2014 2:07 PM

    Next he’ll say he’ll be better in the playoffs. lol. Can’t wait to see Suh suplex his *ss.
    —————————————————————-
    You’ll actually have to wait quite a while for that. The Browns won’t play the Lions until 2017. Unless they meet in the Super Bowl. Which they won’t.

  46. What Johnny Fratboy doesn’t seem to grasp is that he is in the big time now and practice isn’t just for him it is for everyone else as well. He was great in college no argument from me but the stuff he did in college won’t fly anymore he needs to learn to read the field, look at what defenses give him, and start to understand he will NOT be able to run around like he did in college.

  47. “There will be times in games, situations in games when things break down, and obviously it’s not practice, there are not coaches on the field, and it will be a little bit — it will be a lot different. But practice is what it is, and we have to get better,” Manziel said.

    Those times “when things break down” may be right after the ball is snapped to start the play and until the whistle is sounded to end the play….if he doesn’t practice well…..and he knows he has to get better but just makes excuses about how he’ll improvise…..oh goodness….

    This is the NFL…..experience will be a very hard teacher….he’s going to get hit so hard and so fast…even by the worst defenses he may face….he’ll be so dizzy he’ll be seeing visions…

  48. Major BUST! If you can’t, don’t, won’t perform in practice then you don’t get a chance to play in the games.

  49. ‘Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.’ – Vince Lombardi

    That one quote embodies all the greatest winners in league history. Sure there are some gamers that have made great plays and had great games, but the players and coaches that win the most are always the best at preparation. Jerry Rice, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis, etc, etc. All the greats prepare better than everyone else.

  50. Earth calling Johnny.

    Practice is way easier than games.

    Just some friendly advice.

    (And I got no dog in this hunt.)

  51. He’s used to outrunning slow college LBs. The problem is ESPN hypes up the SEC so much that he thinks he’s already been playing against NFL caliber defenses.

    The NFL has seen the read option for years now and all defenses are much better at defending running QBs than they were a few years ago.

    Good luck making big plays with your 4.68 sec 40. That’s close to what Tebow ran and he’s out of the league.

  52. when it’s time to go out and play football, it’s time to play football,” Manziel said.

    wow what a rhodes scholar. so when its time to play, its time to play. hmm who would have thought that

  53. I’m really glad my Bears play the Browns in the final preseason game. I’m hoping Johnny Football gets a lot of reps in that game. Just sayin.

  54. This is what’s worrisome.

    I can’t name a NFL QB who is/was any good who didn’t practice and study seriously.

    He just thinks he’ll come out and wow everyone with his athleticism.

    Good luck.

  55. When every player in the NFL was the best player on his college team I’m not sure how someone who doesn’t take practice seriously is gonna make it.

    Its just a matter of time before he has an outbreak of frustration like Ryan Leaf. This kid is already done.

  56. I don’t get the hate for Manziel or why people think he isn’t working hard. He was an amazing talent at aTm, did he not work hard there to compete against the “best” conference in the nation? Seriously, I know college isn’t the NFL but my gosh people back off him for a second.

  57. Prediction – Johnny Football will turn it on in a preseason game and the media will anoint him as an instant champion – destined for the HOF. However, against good Defenses he will be smashed if he tries to improvise. The Browns don’t have a great big WR like he had at A & M in Mike Evans to get him out of jams.
    Incidentally, Tebow had Aaron Hernandez and Riley Cooper to help make his passes look much better than they were.

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