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Dick LeBeau expects to face Johnny Manziel in Week One

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The Browns gave quarterback Johnny Manziel first crack with the first team on Monday, but were quick to say that no one should read anything more into that than they read into Brian Hoyer getting those opportunities in previous practices.

One observer isn’t buying the Browns’ line, however. Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will be devising a game plan to stop the Browns in the first week of the regular season and he expects to be dealing with Manziel. It would be the first NFL game for the first-round pick, but LeBeau isn’t expecting an easy time of things.

“I’m expecting Manziel to be the starter. That’s what I’m expecting. What he did in college is not an accident. He did it often enough against good teams,” LeBeau said, via Tom Reed of Cleveland.com. “I think he is going to be a handful for all of us. You watch all his games and he created plays, he made plays, he kept plays alive. He has the ability to see people and the touch with the football to get it in there late in the down. I think he will be successful at this level.”

The Browns have said they plan to name their starter by the third preseason game, which would give LeBeau and the Steelers plenty of time to prepare regardless of which quarterback takes the field for the Browns in September. That timeline could change if things haven’t been clarified, but any delay would just seem to make it more likely that Manziel has caught up to Hoyer and made himself a likelier choice for the starting gig in Cleveland.

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43 Responses to “Dick LeBeau expects to face Johnny Manziel in Week One”
  1. heisthejuan says: Aug 5, 2014 8:58 AM

    I’m sure the Steelers have no fear of Hoyer. He was with them for a bit a couple of seasons ago. They know what he can do.

  2. kremis says: Aug 5, 2014 9:03 AM

    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs, the Steelers have 0 winning seasons and 0 playoff appearances. They beat one team with a winning record last year. At least LeBeau knows he has has a myraid of problems on the defense, and not with Manziel only. The defense has been quite offensive, just watch their last playoff game as Tebow did what he wanted to do.

  3. skoldier612 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:09 AM

    Prediction:

    Stealers 31 Browns 3

  4. boomnutz says: Aug 5, 2014 9:12 AM

    The writing is on the wall, and it has been for almost a year now (seriously Manziel to the Browns was practically a foregone conclusion). But it still doesn’t stop me from feeling bad for Hoyer. He definitely deserves a fair shake after his performance last year.

  5. 700levelvet says: Aug 5, 2014 9:17 AM

    Lebeau probably changed his kids diapers before Manziels parents were alive…kinda odd when you think about it

  6. steelcurtainn says: Aug 5, 2014 9:19 AM

    Nothing like wrecking Manziels career after week 1. Have fun with Worilds, Timmons, Shazier and Jarvis Jones, Manziel.

  7. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 5, 2014 9:21 AM

    I’ll be pulling for Johnny Football for at least one game.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 5, 2014 9:25 AM

    Johnny Manziel shouldn’t have too much trouble against the declining, non-playoff ability pittsburgh steelers and their soft, weak, aging defense (even though… Cleveland has no wide receivers of any real NFL ability available).

  9. heathn09 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:30 AM

    I don’t comment much but I have to by necessity. Get a life kremis. The fact that you have the time to comment on every post about the steelers about tebow from 3 years ago is a sad unfortunate role in life. I would suggest finding a girlfriend, moving out of parents basement, and finding a job. I hear mcdonalds are usually receptive to most people. There is still hope. You still have a chance

  10. weepingjebus says: Aug 5, 2014 9:39 AM

    “…but I think with a little luck we can get him to throw 5 ints in between scrambles towards the sideline for 2 yard losses.”

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 5, 2014 9:42 AM

    Tim Tebow DID DESTROY the pittsburgh steelers in the steelers last playoff appearance THREE SEASONS AGO.

  12. yobagoya says: Aug 5, 2014 9:46 AM

    I think the headline was supposed to be ‘LeBeau is HOPING to face Manziel in first game.
    I feel bad for Browns fans between Couch, Quinn, Weeden and now Being stuck with Manziel- can’t catch a break

  13. humbleminded85 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:47 AM

    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs, the Steelers have 0 winning seasons and 0 playoff appearances. They beat one team with a winning record last year.
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    100% pure facts. Women lie & men lie but numbers do not.

  14. Stiller43 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:29 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Aug 5, 2014 9:25 AM
    Johnny Manziel shouldn’t have too much trouble against the declining, non-playoff ability pittsburgh steelers and their soft, weak, aging defense (even though… Cleveland has no wide receivers of any real NFL ability available).

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    Weak aging defense? the same one that has two starters over 28? The same defense that practices against the Steeler offense that has two starters over 30?

    methinks you need some new material, troll.

    And I like how you say “non playoff ability.” Youre just jealous Pittsburghs down years are 8-8, while Cincy’s down years are 2-14. Hell, who wouldn’t be?

  15. indians4evr says: Aug 5, 2014 11:34 AM

    Of course, the Browns are going to rely on their defense to bail Johnny out. Manziel will throw int’s, misreads, over throws and the defense is being built to bail him out. Hoyer, starts the Browns are an 8-8 team, or up to a 10-6. Manziel, starts and the team is at best a Las Vegas, pick at 6-10, worst 4-12 again. QB’s in College need more than two years, in the college program to be good in the NFL

  16. glasselephantkungfu says: Aug 5, 2014 12:49 PM

    boomnutz says:Aug 5, 2014 9:12 AM

    The writing is on the wall, and it has been for almost a year now (seriously Manziel to the Browns was practically a foregone conclusion). But it still doesn’t stop me from feeling bad for Hoyer. He definitely deserves a fair shake after his performance last year.
    ~~~~~
    fair shake…life is NOT Fair

    Brandon Weeden beat Hoyer out for the starting job last year out of camp

  17. exiledinphilly says: Aug 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    humbleminded85 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 9:47 AM
    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs, the Steelers have 0 winning seasons and 0 playoff appearances. They beat one team with a winning record last year.
    ————————————————————
    100% pure facts. Women lie & men lie but numbers do not.
    ____________________________
    Except when the numbers are — you know — wrong. The Steelers beat TWO teams with winning records (Bengals and Packers) last year. They also beat two teams (Ravens and Jets) that were 8-8. Moreover, who cares? You play who you play. The Steelers went 6-2 in the last half of last season, 4-2 in the AFC North and ended the season as one of the hottest teams in the NFL. That’s the building block for 2014, when everyone starts 0-0.

  18. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 5, 2014 1:07 PM

    LeBeau’s comments strike me as somewhat akin to that Br’er Rabbit fable who pleads something to the effect, “don’t ever throw me into that briar patch — anything but the briar patch.” For those not familiar with that fable, the make-believe rabbit uses reverse psychology on an evil-doer — as I surmise LeBeau is doing here.

    LeBeau runs complex schemes that baffle big-timers like Peyton Manning, so he’s probably licking his chops at getting Johnny Snotnose in his very first organized football game played on Sunday.

  19. clashpoint says: Aug 5, 2014 1:18 PM

    Oh I hope it’s Manziel that gets the start, that would be great. LeBeau has a great record against rookie qbs, the poor little brownie won’t even know what hit him until after watching film a few days later. If Manziel starts, get to Vegas and bet the family farm on the Steelers. Free money for everybody!

    I’m pretty sure simpleton trolls kremis, drrustbelt and that stooge pittspuke don’t even like football. I bet they don’t ever actually watch games and they don’t even have favorite teams. They’re just Steelers hating trolls, that’s all and that’s it. Who cares what those idiots think?

    The Steelers had the best division record last year, and finished the year as the division’s hottest team. As a Steelers fanatic I follow everything I can find about them. I like what I’m hearing out of Steelers training camp. I liked the off-season moves, I liked the draft and I like what they’re doing and where they’re going. I like the match ups against their division again this year, too.

    The Steelers are going to crush a lot of teams this year, including the Bengals, Browns and Ravens along the way. They will win their division, and they’ll win in the playoffs. The sky’s the limit, kids. It’s going to be a great year!

    GO STEELERS!

  20. 12thman84 says: Aug 5, 2014 1:21 PM

    Except when the numbers are — you know — wrong. The Steelers beat TWO teams with winning records (Bengals and Packers) last year. They also beat two teams (Ravens and Jets) that were 8-8.
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    Well, that clears things up…..Two teams with winning records, and TWO that were 8-8, impressive.

    Now if they can just get over the Tebow curse…

    Go Hawks!

  21. humbleminded85 says: Aug 5, 2014 1:23 PM

    exiledinphilly says: Aug 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    humbleminded85 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 9:47 AM
    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs, the Steelers have 0 winning seasons and 0 playoff appearances. They beat one team with a winning record last year.
    ————————————————————
    100% pure facts. Women lie & men lie but numbers do not.
    ____________________________
    Except when the numbers are — you know — wrong. The Steelers beat TWO teams with winning records (Bengals and Packers) last year. They also beat two teams (Ravens and Jets) that were 8-8. Moreover, who cares? You play who you play. The Steelers went 6-2 in the last half of last season, 4-2 in the AFC North and ended the season as one of the hottest teams in the NFL. That’s the building block for 2014, when everyone starts 0-0.
    —————————————————-
    Your right and in my defense I was referring to the playoff numbers he stated. You know– the whole– haven’t played a meaningful January game-since being Tebowed.

  22. cincyalldaway says: Aug 5, 2014 1:29 PM

    The Clowns had better keep SideShow Johnny on the bench for a while. Lord knows their track record of developing young QB’s is lacking, to say the least. If SideShow starts week one against that Steelers D, he’s done, stick a fork in him! It’s not called the Mistake By the Lake, the Armpit of the Nation, and the Factory of Sadness for nothing!

    IF IT’S BROWN, FLUSH IT DOWN!

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 5, 2014 1:33 PM

    Johnny will never be the same after this blowout. 52-3

  24. drfeelyouup says: Aug 5, 2014 1:37 PM

    Connor Shaw could beat the Steelers.

  25. halftermguv says: Aug 5, 2014 1:42 PM

    History has shown that rookie QB’s are no problem for Dick Lebeau’s preparation for a game. I believe he’s above 95 % in winning those games.

    Why do posters keeping referring to Tim Tebow as some huge insult?

    Granted he’s not developed into a star player but that can be said of 90 percent of players signed to play in the NFL.

    Any of his critics who have a national championship and Heisman trophy on their resume, please speak up.

    I’ll take a guy who has unselfishly devoted years of his life doing charitable work in some of the most impoverished areas of the world (without a camera crew or posse). He isn’t in strip club VIP areas, driving DUI, or dragging his fiancé out of an elevator.

    To ignore this is a reflection of your weakness not his.

  26. polamalurulz43 says: Aug 5, 2014 1:49 PM

    Not accurate. Steelers beat GB, Cincy and also the Ravens who were 8-8.

    kremis says: Aug 5, 2014 9:03 AM

    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs, the Steelers have 0 winning seasons and 0 playoff appearances. They beat one team with a winning record last year. At least LeBeau knows he has has a myraid of problems on the defense, and not with Manziel only. The defense has been quite offensive, just watch their last playoff game as Tebow did what he wanted to do.

  27. tinytoolalldrool says: Aug 5, 2014 1:50 PM

    Conner Shaw, Johnny Football the list goes on and on.

  28. tinytoolalldrool says: Aug 5, 2014 1:51 PM

    I see worse than 8-8 even with the creampuff schedule Pittsburgh has this year.

  29. williamshatnerstoupee says: Aug 5, 2014 1:55 PM

    I agree with clashpoint on everything he said. Everything.

  30. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 5, 2014 2:08 PM

    Like Shatner, I agree with clashpoint.

    I also love where halftermguv is coming from too. Tebow may not be the most accurate passer, but man — that goes does a LOT of stuff to help a LOT of people in a LOT of regions of the world without cameras, recorders or fanfare. Tebow just does it, because he is a REALLY good human being.

  31. usedjock says: Aug 5, 2014 2:21 PM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 5, 2014 1:07 PM
    LeBeau runs complex schemes that baffle big-timers like Peyton Manning, so he’s probably licking his chops at getting Johnny Snotnose in his very first organized football game played on Sunday.

    I agree with this completely. The Steelers may not be the same defense they had a few years ago but they are still a very solid group coached by a man who is going to be showing Johnny Fratboy looks he never would have dreamed of in college.

  32. themobrules says: Aug 5, 2014 2:23 PM

    “Since being tebowed out of the playoffs, the Steelers have 0 winning seasons and 0 playoff appearances.”

    Attempting to emulate Jimmy Two Times from GoodFellas, the nickname Kremis One Post is earned for posting the same comment in every article containing the word Steelers.

  33. dontstabmeray says: Aug 5, 2014 2:41 PM

    Kremis is a small town and commune in the Cercle of Yélimané in the Kayes Region of south-western Mali. In 2009 the commune had a population of 10,467.

    Now we all better understand posts by kremis

  34. jjackwagon says: Aug 5, 2014 3:01 PM

    @ polamalurulz43

    “Not accurate. Steelers beat GB, Cincy and also the Ravens who were 8-8.”

    How is that not accurate? 8-8 is not a winning record.

  35. clashpoint says: Aug 5, 2014 3:12 PM

    I guess it’s time for another reminder of the all-time ACFN scoreboard:

    Steelers/Bengals
    Regular season? PIT: 53-34
    Postseason? PIT: 1-0

    Steelers/Browns
    Regular season? PIT: 65-57
    Postseason? PIT: 2-0

    Steelers/Ravens
    Regular season? PIT: 23–16
    Postseason? PIT: 3-0

    Who had the best division record last year too?

    GO STEELERS!

  36. td40 says: Aug 5, 2014 3:12 PM

    Smokescreen. They’re preparing for Hoyer.

  37. clashpoint says: Aug 5, 2014 3:14 PM

    AFCN^^^
    Stupid little cell phone keyboard.
    Just remember the scoreboard, kids.

  38. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Aug 5, 2014 3:21 PM

    Greatest defensive coordinator in the history of the game. Not even close.

  39. harveyredman says: Aug 5, 2014 4:04 PM

    kremis says: Aug 5, 2014 9:03 AM

    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs, the Steelers have 0 winning seasons and 0 playoff appearances. They beat one team with a winning record last year. At least LeBeau knows he has has a myraid of problems on the defense, and not with Manziel only. The defense has been quite offensive, just watch their last playoff game as Tebow did what he want
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    Do many down votes for this comment, but @kremis you are correct, imo.

    Lebeau should be very worried about Manziel. He presents a lot of the same problems Tebow did, with a major league arm. The X-factor is Tebow was built like a linebacker and Manziel is built like a skinny punter. Tebow could take and deliver a blow, Manziel got hurt in college taking hits

  40. doni609 says: Aug 5, 2014 7:22 PM

    Manzeil is a clown, a ‘flash in the pan’ if you will. His legacy will be written in the annals of Heisman winners that never made it in the NFL. Too small, to big of a mouth, and only interested in the big bucks. They come and go. This turkey went before he came.

  41. troy43mvp says: Aug 5, 2014 10:13 PM

    Fearing a rookienis silly. Unless that rookie is Big Ben and the year is 2004. That’s right.

  42. 6superbowls says: Aug 6, 2014 2:21 PM

    D-Rustbelt. Talk trash when your team actually wins a meaningful game in January. Last one was when? 1980-something????

  43. southcarolinamike says: Aug 6, 2014 2:55 PM

    From Dick’s mouth to the ears of God….

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