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Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer underwhelm in first half


Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel each got their shots with Cleveland’s first-team offense on Monday night at Washington.

Neither stood out.

Hoyer was 2-of-6 for 16 yards in the first half, failing to hit open receivers on multiple occasions. Most notably, he threw behind slot receiver Andrew Hawkins on a potential second quarter TD pass.

Manziel was 2-of-7 for 29 yards in the first 30 minutes. On his best pass of the half, he rolled right and hit Hawkins for 12 yards. But Manziel too struggled with accuracy, and he had trouble with Washington’s pass rush pressure.

Browns coach Mike Pettine is expected to pick a starting quarterback on Tuesday. The advantage to the timing of such a move? The starter will then get the lion’s share of the first-team reps. And with less than three weeks until the regular season opener at Pittsburgh, the Browns’ first-team offense is very much a work-in-progress.

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52 Responses to “Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer underwhelm in first half”
  1. alchemistcirca1979 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:45 PM

    This is looking bad.

    On the bright side Cleveland’s D is looking solid.

  2. pervyspankspackfans says: Aug 18, 2014 9:47 PM

    Johnny Bustball couldn’t hold Teddy Bridgewaters jock!

  3. iloveagoodnap says: Aug 18, 2014 9:49 PM


  4. bucrightoff says: Aug 18, 2014 9:49 PM

    Don’t worry Browns fans, Jameis is coming to save you next year.

  5. bubbybrisket says: Aug 18, 2014 9:50 PM

    Instead of rolling up 20s, he should be studying the playbook.

  6. tolan04 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:51 PM

    At least they drafted Sammy…oh wait…

  7. thelastwordyaheard says: Aug 18, 2014 9:52 PM

    Kirk Cousins is the best QB to see the field tonight..

  8. NFLisnotreality says: Aug 18, 2014 9:53 PM

    Feed Manziel to the wolves…

  9. leatherface2012 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:55 PM

    OK…..well i can certainly see now that manziel is 10x better than bridgewater….oh wait, scratch that

  10. largent80100 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:55 PM

    Grossman time.

  11. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 18, 2014 9:55 PM

    If they can’t even beat a defense that sucked last year, then they aren’t pro-bowl caliber QBs.

  12. ctiggs says: Aug 18, 2014 9:57 PM

    both are terrible #nobodyhasitbetter

  13. raymondtx says: Aug 18, 2014 10:00 PM

    They are back to being the Browns. Last week was their high water mark for the season. Sorry brown fans.

  14. contra74 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:00 PM

    Bridgewater > manziel

  15. chargers308 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:03 PM

    Pick your poison cleveland

  16. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 18, 2014 10:05 PM

    They wont win more than 2 games. Their offense like it has been the last 7 years is awful and unwatchable.

  17. sochanutz says: Aug 18, 2014 10:08 PM

    it’s so sad how the media pimps manziel.

  18. deerhuntinfool71 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:11 PM

    Lol. Signed a browns fan. I wish they had a imogie with a paper bag over its face.lmao

  19. codythao35 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:11 PM

    Neither are answer for the Browns. Charlie Casserly said it and he maybe right. As of now none shows any significant signs of ability to play well. Without Norv the Browns are even more of a crapy team and Browns fans don’t want Turner. LOL!!!

    Bridgewater>Manziel any time any day.

  20. slick50ks says: Aug 18, 2014 10:14 PM

    The Browns don’t have an NFL QB on their roster. They should try real hard to get Cousins.

  21. hugeredskinsfan says: Aug 18, 2014 10:14 PM

    Anyone else who watched this game notice how many defensive flags were thrown against the Browns in the first half?

    This was really upsetting to me. I read all of the comments on this site and see how much this change has really ticked everyone on this site off. It has slowed the game down. Are they trying to turn the NFL into track and field events?

  22. jwf239 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:20 PM

    Did anyone else catch Manziel give someone the middle finger with 2:37 left in the 3rd quarter?

  23. murtdurt says: Aug 18, 2014 10:21 PM

    Johnny looks bruts

  24. trapshoot says: Aug 18, 2014 10:23 PM

    So, what’s surprising?

  25. orecic76 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:26 PM

    Bortles > Hoyer/Manziel

  26. brandonj21 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:27 PM

    Baaack to life .. baaack to reality …

  27. kneelbeforesod says: Aug 18, 2014 10:28 PM

    Johnny McNabb. Or Dirt McGirt.

  28. ruslwt001 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:31 PM

    Well at least Johnny “Finger” Manziel was able to show the world how he really feels at the end if the 3rd quarter. Youth is wasted on the wrong people!

  29. ruslwt001 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:31 PM

    You Go Johnny Finger! Rock on.

  30. kaferwerks says: Aug 18, 2014 10:32 PM

    crickets from the Manziel swingers

  31. pillowporkers says: Aug 18, 2014 10:33 PM


    (Minneapolis crowd as Bridgewater led an 83 yard game winning drive in 40 seconds)

  32. buckeyefan1026 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:33 PM

    Underwhelm is an understatement. WR’s could have helped a bit more, but every pass was either too far ahead or behind. Combined with a ridiculous amount of penalty flags for both teams, this has been a hard game to watch.

  33. arb927 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:43 PM

    Johnny flipping off the redskins was priceless!!!! Should win the starting job just because of that

  34. darkneptune73 says: Aug 18, 2014 11:03 PM

    I say they start Hoyer. Manziel just isn’t ready yet.

  35. coachbeck says: Aug 18, 2014 11:05 PM

    They almost gotta go Manziel. Hoyer needed a lights out preseason to keep the job

  36. shootscuz says: Aug 18, 2014 11:15 PM

    In my opinion, Hoyer hasn’t separated himself enough from the rookie with more upside.

  37. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 18, 2014 11:16 PM

    Not surprising, considering that he’s not very good in the first place….

  38. morr24 says: Aug 18, 2014 11:18 PM

    Johnny Manziel – Full of sound and fury signifying nothing…… but a ceiling of mediocrity and likelihood of something less.

  39. shaggytoodle says: Aug 18, 2014 11:23 PM

    Those red flags that Cleveland had ignored in the draft are well on the way to turning into yellow flags and 15 yard penalties on Sunday.

    How can he keep his composure for 16 games, when he can’t even keep it through 2 pre season games.

  40. alshonsmeathooks says: Aug 18, 2014 11:29 PM

    Manziel looked like Tebow without the running ability today

  41. yesser12 says: Aug 18, 2014 11:32 PM

    Start Grossman

  42. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 18, 2014 11:45 PM

    Both were terrible. Conner Shaw is better than either.

  43. provguard says: Aug 18, 2014 11:51 PM

    You do know that preseason is for ironing out problems? The Browns will have flaws like everyone else… It is called “rebuilding”.

  44. conspiracybrotherjones says: Aug 19, 2014 12:01 AM

    Hey everyone Lebron is back!!!

  45. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Aug 19, 2014 12:12 AM

    Seriously, how are they not looking closer at Rex? He really is the best qb on this team.

  46. peefrimgar says: Aug 19, 2014 12:23 AM

    Ehhh, might as well start Hoyer for at least the first three games. There’s no way they win with that offense and there’s no need to shake Manziel’s confidence. Johnny can come in when the Browns are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

  47. steelchampions says: Aug 19, 2014 12:52 AM

    This just in: Brown don’t have a quarterback.

    Or do they? In Rex the Trust (?)

  48. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 19, 2014 2:50 AM

    A starting QB has emerged for the Browns. It’s Conner Shaw. 8/9 for 123 yards and 1 TD.

  49. vincentvega513 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:30 AM

    When you have 2 quarterbacks…

  50. denverdude7 says: Aug 19, 2014 7:44 AM

    Oh well Cleveland…

    But hey, there’s always the 2015 draft to look forward to right?

    Your beloved Browns could have 2 Top 10 picks, possibly 2 in the Top 5 !!!!!!!

  51. swagger52 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:40 AM

    Manziel played as if he only had one finger on his hand. hehe

  52. swagger52 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:41 AM

    And the Dawg Pound collectively said…

    Ruh Row Raggy

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