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Johnny Manziel: If I went back, I wouldn’t do anything differently

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The Browns officially named Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback for the first week of the regular season on Wednesday, leaving first-round pick and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to serve as the No. 2 quarterback to start his first year in the NFL.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that Manziel reacted “as expected” because he’s “a competitor.” He also said that he didn’t question Manziel’s dedication to the game after an offseason that had some wondering whether Manziel’s fondness for the good life would have the Browns doing just that.

For his part, Manziel said he felt he got a fair opportunity to win the starting job and that “I don’t feel like I would’ve gone back and done anything differently” over the last few months. Instead, he put the focus on his own performance and said he didn’t “necessarily” feel like he was ready to get the nod from Pettine.

“If I would’ve come out and played better, I think it would’ve been a different outcome,” Manziel said.

It’s probably a fair assessment of the situation. Hoyer didn’t set the world on fire this summer, so it’s hard to feel that all of the rolled up dollar bills, drinking on inflatable swans and extended middle fingers in the world would have stopped Manziel from getting to the top of the depth chart if he’d been the clearly superior player on the field.

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  1. ravens634 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:19 PM

    so manziel couldnt beat out a journeymen type qb? when every single chip was stacked in his favor, basically his job to lose, and he found a way to lose it.

  2. aceakking says: Aug 20, 2014 3:20 PM

    If Johnny were a better person, I think it would’ve been a different outcome.

  3. doctormantistoboggan says: Aug 20, 2014 3:20 PM

    Bros – it’s like this. I’m here to boogie and lay waste to the beautiful ladies of Cleveland and it’s legendary night life. Any wins and/or completed forward passes are a bonus in mind.

  4. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Aug 20, 2014 3:21 PM

    John will be starting by the second half of game 3

  5. saundman2000 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    “Instead, he put the focus on his own performance and said he didn’t “necessarily” feel like he was ready to get the nod from Pettine.”

    So if Manziel himself admits he was not ready, why is everyone bent out of shape about him not being thrown in the fire?

    He needs to work on running the huddle and managing between plays. He’s really at a basic level when it comes to this part of the game.

  6. jackn2482 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    Of course he wouldn’t. Johnny’s got this whole football thing figured out. That job was his for the taking and while he was rolling 100’s in the bathroom, Hoyer was practicing being mediocre and keeping the job.

  7. hornbuckle says: Aug 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    They should sign chad Johnson.

  8. ninerlivinsd says: Aug 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    Johnny, you don’t get it. Strippers will always be there to hold your rolled up dollar bill, the NFL won’t be. Figure out how to handle your business on the field and off.

  9. ctiggs says: Aug 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    This kid just doesnt get it, and you guys want to talk about my QB Kaepernick. #Getreal #Nobodyhasitbetter

  10. rowdymon says: Aug 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    I wish his reaction was on Hard Knocks. 100% guarantee that the Browns are featured next year unless they get another new coach (if a team gets a new coach they are exempt from Hard Knocks, and my Browns like to change coaches – a lot).

  11. seatownballers says: Aug 20, 2014 3:24 PM

    I would do things differently If i could do it all over again. Id do more drugs!
    – Richard Pryor

  12. realfootballfan says: Aug 20, 2014 3:24 PM

    Why people who keep saying Manziel will eventually get it are probably wrong is that they’re not taking into account how unique of a player this guy is. His father is as rich as most owners, so he’s probably even been around many of them in the past. Getting called out by the owner would get most players’ attention, but not Manziel.

    If his father expressed that he thought he was out of control and has had concerns about his drinking and immaturity since high school, how do you think this is going to end? He’s going to blow off advice from Haslem, Farmer, Pettine, and especially Kyle Shanahan or anybody else who tries to tell him what to do coming from that background.

  13. selldannysell says: Aug 20, 2014 3:24 PM

    hornbuckle says: Aug 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    They should sign chad Johnson.

    —————————————————

    Who?

  14. wickerskin says: Aug 20, 2014 3:25 PM

    Manziel at post-game press conference (about middle finger incident)

    “I don’t think it’s a positive…I should’ve been smarter…I need to be smarter about that.”

    now…

    “I don’t feel like I would’ve gone back and done anything differently.”

    Apparently, Manziel doesn’t want to be any smarter than he already is, even though he acknowledges that he need to be.

  15. afcdomination says: Aug 20, 2014 3:25 PM

    that’s sad to me, because I look at the stupid stuff I did at that age and wish I could.

    shows me he isn’t there yet(not surprising to anyone) and still is a child.

  16. bucrightoff says: Aug 20, 2014 3:26 PM

    Out of the league by the middle of next season, a Saskatchewan Roughrider by 2016.

  17. chargerdillon says: Aug 20, 2014 3:26 PM

    I wouldn’t have had him do anything differently either.

    -Brian Hoyer

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 20, 2014 3:27 PM

    “I wouldn’t do anything differently in the draft either”
    Sincerely Jerry Jones

  19. Kaz says: Aug 20, 2014 3:28 PM

    Right, cause studying the playbook while out partying would be too much to ask. Poor Browns fans. Stuck defending him when they know they’d rather have a qb that was mature and drug free.

  20. brmorgen82 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:28 PM

    5-11

  21. rbhttr says: Aug 20, 2014 3:28 PM

    what’s the definition of insane?

  22. florsht says: Aug 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    Slow Learner. Don’t blame it on the teachers.

  23. nickinneohio says: Aug 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    Meaning he would still flip off the Washington bench.

  24. patsbrat says: Aug 20, 2014 3:30 PM

    To me this is the biggest red flag on Manziel yet. I don’t care that he partied in Las Vegas with Bieber or whatever his name is, don’t care too much about the picture with the rolled up bill, or the other stuff up to now.

    But to not have the hindsight to think of anything he could have improved on? This doesn’t sound like a rookie who knows he needs to work to get better. It sounds like Manziel expects the game to come to him instead of the other way around.

  25. Kaz says: Aug 20, 2014 3:30 PM

    If they thought making him a backup would motivate him. Oops.

  26. nyking1963 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:30 PM

    So now that he should fade away into the sunset as a backup qb does the media continue to seek him out for comment and does he respond?
    I don’t see veterans allowing that to happen.
    Should be interesting…more so than the wretched product that will take the field.

  27. dickshotdogs says: Aug 20, 2014 3:31 PM

    Therein lies the problem.

  28. pftwd3 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:32 PM

    it’s hard to feel that all of the rolled up dollar bills, drinking on inflatable swans and extended middle fingers in the world would have stopped Manziel from getting to the top of the depth chart if he’d been the clearly superior player on the field
    ————————
    Right… but maybe he wasn’t the superior player on the field because he was too hungover after drinking on inflatable swans all night. Maybe he didn’t have time to put in the requisite work from May through July that would have given him the best chance to win the job in August because he was partying with Cher (or whoever you kids are into these days). Everybody wants to win once the whistle blows. Some want to win months ahead of time. Manziel doesn’t appear to fit in that second group.

  29. mx1dave says: Aug 20, 2014 3:32 PM

    the dude just doesn’t get it. glad he is a brown.

  30. shawkfan51 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:32 PM

    “‘If I would’ve come out and played better, I think it would’ve been a different outcome,’ Manziel said.”

    And if you had concentrated more on working to develop as a quarterback instead of partying every weekend this offseason, you might have played better. Spend less time rolling up $100 bills while riding inflatable swans and more time practicing, studying film, studying the playbook–basically, the things that SUCCESSFUL quarterbacks do–and it will be a different outcome. Grow up and be professional, party boy.

  31. bklynnygiant says: Aug 20, 2014 3:32 PM

    As soon as he is a washed up quarterback, I’m sure he will change his tune.

  32. purpleguy says: Aug 20, 2014 3:34 PM

    What’s the saying: those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it?

  33. furious76 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:34 PM

    This guy is the Yin to Tebows Yang. They both are not NFL QBs with over sized personalities and a knack for winning games they should probably lose. One loves Jesus, one loves cocaine and strippers.

    Both careers will be over by year 3.

  34. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 20, 2014 3:34 PM

    he then flicked everybody off!

  35. slugbaitspace says: Aug 20, 2014 3:36 PM

    “I don’t feel like I would’ve gone back and done anything differently.”

    The Browns should have known this would be the type of maturity they could expect.

    More tape, more extra work with receivers, decipher the damn playbook, and instead of being LATE to a meeting, be the first player there…maybe that would have helped just a little bit?

    Leaders do not lead by talent, they lead by example. And the example Johnny has displayed thus far is not very professional.

    Good luck, Browns fans.

  36. norseyapper says: Aug 20, 2014 3:36 PM

    It will be intersting to see how Hoyer plays this week without the constant distraction of Manziel’s presence.

    As for Manziel, it will be interesting to see if he ever does decide to make some changes and rearrange his priorities.

  37. isphet71 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:37 PM

    What’s crazy is that Maniel had a better week in week 2 than he did in week 1, but everyone was singing his praises and ready to start him after week 1 and disappointed with how he looked in week 2.

    Makes zero sense. No one was willing to call a spade a spade after that first week, though.

  38. officialgame says: Aug 20, 2014 3:38 PM

    Maybe if Johnny studied the play book as hard as he studied the map of Las Vegas he would have been able to pick up the offense.

  39. 34defense2014 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:38 PM

    afcdomination: so true! Wish I could do things much def! He doesn’t get it! I hope one day he does? Also finally a Coach that does get it! Because you know the owner wanted him to start!

  40. revelation123 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    It’s not easy being an immediate starter in the NFL. Bridgewater couldn’t beat Matt Cassel either.

  41. insley29 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:40 PM

    Do they offer a class at A&M in being a complete douche? If so, I’m thinking he aced it.

  42. luvmnsports2012 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:40 PM

    Ignorance is bliss!

  43. gbatap says: Aug 20, 2014 3:44 PM

    If Manziel hadn’t been drafted Shaw would have pushed Hoyer for the starting job with the added opportunity. Hopefully the browns don’t make a huge mistake and cut him.

  44. dawgpoundjedi says: Aug 20, 2014 3:44 PM

    Hoyer was always going to be the starter, barring some insane display of incredible play by Johnny.

    Basically, the Browns were doing what Seattle did with Wilson and Flynn… give the job to the veteran unless the rookie played lights out and forced their hand. Unfortunately, Johnny hasn’t done that. At least not yet, anyways.

  45. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 20, 2014 3:44 PM

    If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then Manziel is the definition of foolishness: doing the same thing over and over again KNOWING the same stupid results are coming.

  46. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 20, 2014 3:44 PM

    Had no idea that because he doesn’t “get it” now in TRAINING CAMP at 21 years old that his career is doomed. Lmao at all you losers, do any of you remember Favre when he was young? Brandon Marshall? Ed Reed? They weren’t choir boys.

  47. notthetroll says: Aug 20, 2014 3:45 PM

    This kid is the gift that keeps on giving.

    lol

  48. rayjay9393 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:46 PM

    Teddy got the W almost in a minute, keep rollin hundys knucklehead.

  49. hrmlss says: Aug 20, 2014 3:47 PM

    Definition of INSANITY.

  50. peefrimgar says: Aug 20, 2014 3:51 PM

    When your owner shows less restraint than Jerry Jones with regards to pushing the envelope on draft picks, you have a problem. Just saying.

  51. mrhighlyevolved says: Aug 20, 2014 3:56 PM

    I think people are reading a little too much into the whole situation, but I suppose that’s sports media in 2014 for you. He and Hoyer both looked decent in week 1 of preseason, but both looked worse in week 2. Honestly, given the play on the field, I would give Johnny a slight edge, but I wouldn’t say he was head and shoulders better than Hoyer.

    Manziel is a rookie and has time to learn. Hoyer is in the last year of his contract, so you might as well start him and see if he’s worth retaining. You can always start Manziel later this year or next after you have more time to evaluate Hoyer. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Plus, if you start Manziel and he gets off to a bad start-which is likely given their schedule-then you have a real problem.

  52. td40 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:58 PM

    Whoa, waitaminute. You mean the Browns AREN’T going to draft a hapless rookie in the first round and throw him to wolves.. yet again? But that’s their usual M.O.!

    Well, good. Maybe this is a sign that someone with a brain works in Cleveland, after years of hollow skulls running the show.

    But I doubt it.

  53. boobschannel says: Aug 20, 2014 4:02 PM

    i’m so happy my vikes didn’t take this guy over teddy bridgewater.

    sorry browns fans :\

  54. simonator917 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:04 PM

    Okay, Johnny, you made your share of mistakes. Just learn from them and move forward.

  55. andyoursistertoo says: Aug 20, 2014 4:05 PM

    well good news then , he can get back to throwing footballs through car windows. To bad he cant hit a open reciever though, least we cant say the car window dropped it.

  56. mvp43 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:05 PM

    Just roll up a few 20’s and relax Johnny.

  57. christophershearin says: Aug 20, 2014 4:06 PM

    all the haters on Manziel need to remember the kid is in an entirely new offensive system, one that plays are typically 20+ words in length. This is a massive amount of information to process, along with adjusting to the speed of the pro game. That being said, he showed just as well as a guy who has been in this kinda system for a while now. We all know hoyers ceiling, and we all know Manziel’s is fathoms higher

  58. FlashPatterson says: Aug 20, 2014 4:07 PM

    revelation123 says:
    Aug 20, 2014 3:39 PM
    It’s not easy being an immediate starter in the NFL. Bridgewater couldn’t beat Matt Cassel either.
    ————–
    Cassel and Bridgewater have both looked better than Hoyer and Manziel this preseason.. which probably doesn’t mean anything.

  59. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:07 PM

    This is why you don’t draft a player who doesn’t have the discipline and sense of responsibility to get his college degree to be your franchise QB.

    QBs who didn’t graduate from college have the highest bust rate.

  60. dencar2014 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:10 PM

    That about says it all when it comes to Manziel!!!I can’t believe he said such an utterly stupid thing. May-be the NFL learning curve is just too steep for this boy. As a long time Brown fan, I’m very disappointed in what I’ve seen of Manziel so far.

  61. markusj83 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:10 PM

    lets be honest….the browns can’t have J football go in there and blow…they will wait to see what happens to Gordon…when their best target is there J Foot will get into the game and his stats will be better…don’t set him up for failure…even though he’s doing a good job of it all by himself

  62. 34defense2014 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:16 PM

    luvmnsports2012 True that Brother, True that! Ignorance is bliss!l Don’t sleep on Hoyer? Especially with that Defense, I see the Browns making a playoff push! I’m not even a Browns fan! I root for them because the way Art really stuck it to there fans! Hope the Browns do well this year!

  63. 69finfan says: Aug 20, 2014 4:16 PM

    No, but the Browns might.

  64. holdsteady76 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:18 PM

    Maybe not John, but I’m sure the Cleveland Browns would. Then again drafting Bridgewater instead might break their tradition of ineptitude at QB.

  65. hugothehornet says: Aug 20, 2014 4:19 PM

    Connor Shaw will surprise everyone and start games for the Browns this year… and play very well.

  66. logicaldawg says: Aug 20, 2014 4:25 PM

    He is 21. He was never in a huddle before this summer. He needs to sit 2 years. Any talk that he had the deck stacked in his favor is from people who read the national media.

    Hoyer is serviceable and can keep the seat warm. He has a few weeks of first team reps ahead to recapture last year’s rhythm.

    Take the pick we fleeced out of Buffalo and draft another QB high next year to add to the stable. Then may the best man win.

    You’re welcome.

    GO BROWNS!

  67. kaptingavrin says: Aug 20, 2014 4:25 PM

    “Hoyer was always going to be the starter, barring some insane display of incredible play by Johnny.

    Basically, the Browns were doing what Seattle did with Wilson and Flynn… give the job to the veteran unless the rookie played lights out and forced their hand. ”

    But see, Manziel was really hyped up this offseason, so you’d think he’s supposed to be pretty good. Also, Wilson was a 3rd round pick, and Flynn had shown what he could do with the Packers. (At that time, people didn’t realize he could only really replicate that with the Packers.)

    Meanwhile, the Jaguars are telling Bortles to sit behind Henne, and Bortles has put in the effort and played well enough to get them to give him a shot at playing with the first string and practicing with them, and it’s looking more and more like he might win the job. And Henne’s actually played better than Hoyer this preseason, Bortles has just put in that much effort to improve the areas he needs to improve.

    If Manziel displayed the same attitude as Bortles, he could have gotten the starting job. I don’t think Manziel’s as good as Bortles (I might have before seeing Bortles actually on an NFL field), but he could definitely have been good enough to start if he’d put in some effort. He didn’t need to be “amazing” or “lights out.” I wouldn’t say Bortles has been (though, okay, he has been pretty good). He just needed to actually put in some bloody effort. And that has to be maddening for Browns fans to see, knowing that this kid could actually do something, but instead chooses to out-Ryan Leaf Ryan Leaf.

  68. thefiesty1 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:26 PM

    Maybe not act like a prima Donna would help. Ride the pine for a while to get your mind straight.

  69. xli2006 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:28 PM

    I have a feeling he may be saying the same thing when he’s out of the league in a few years OR after a long suspension.

    It’s very difficult to see a solid career coming from this guy.

  70. themitchellfink says: Aug 20, 2014 4:29 PM

    This comment says everything about him. He lost the job because of things he didn’t do well or didn’t behave in a way that team thought was good. Then he says…”I wouldn’t do anything differently” Talk about ego and uncoachable.

  71. stainlessstill says: Aug 20, 2014 4:31 PM

    What a clown!

  72. sellout1983 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:31 PM

    Out of the league in three years.

  73. uglydingo says: Aug 20, 2014 4:38 PM

    Fundamental mismatch. RG3 drove Kyle Shanahan crazy in Washington, so how’s it going to go with a new QB who likes to improvise and scramble and craves attention on and off the field? Shanahan even signed his boring old QB, Rex Grossman (RG1) to help Johnny learn what he wants.
    Johnny is a confidence player who will struggle with an Shanahan who likes to control everything.

  74. rameyag says: Aug 20, 2014 4:39 PM

    You know you used no playbook in college. You know you need to learn your new team’s playbook. You will be the one who has to relay the plays from the sideline to your team. You will be the one who has to audible to a different play if necessary. But, instead of studying the playbook, something that you never used your entire college career and take ownership of the responsibility you’re seeking to lead your team, you waste time running around the country basking in the adoration of folks who’ll discard you in a minute for the next thing that comes along and/or once the crumbs from your table aren’t enough to satisfy their appetites. And, just at the moment you should reflect on your decisions with some humility, you say, I wouldn’t have “done things any differently.” We get it. You obviously don’t. Good luck, sir. You’ll need it.

  75. texansdude says: Aug 20, 2014 4:39 PM

    “If I would’ve come out and played better, I think it would’ve been a different outcome,” Manziel said.”

    The kid’s a genius.

  76. qdog112 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM

    Manziel’s new nickname, which I have just trade marked: Wait for it …

    Johnny BENCH!!!

    OK I stole it, but I’m applying for the trade mark

  77. fanofthegame1 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM

    Hundley and Mariota are smiling!

  78. dreece13 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:50 PM

    And that’s exactly why he won’t be starting unless Hoyer is either hurt or as bad as JaMarshmellow.

  79. jmc8888 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:50 PM

    So he says he wasn’t ready, but wouldn’t do anything else differently?

    Does he forget all the things he did that took away from preparation time?

    Exactly. He’s stills so mentally young, he doesn’t even have the ability to correct himself.

    Yes, Johnny, because you weren’t ready, you should of spent more time preparing, and if you had, perhaps things would of been different.

    You were only trying to beat out a physically unimpressive, journeyman QB. It isn’t like you were Andrew Luck and he forced out Peyton Manning without a snap.

  80. mvp43 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:54 PM

    christophershearin says:
    Aug 20, 2014 4:06 PM
    all the haters on Manziel need to remember the kid is in an entirely new offensive system, one that plays are typically 20+ words in length. This is a massive amount of information to process, along with adjusting to the speed of the pro game. That being said, he showed just as well as a guy who has been in this kinda system for a while now. We all know hoyers ceiling, and we all know Manziel’s is fathoms higher
    ————————————–

    Correct!!

    Which is why spending time in Vegas and arriving late at meetings is probably the wrong approach.

  81. steves11 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:56 PM

    This just delays the inevitable. The Browns will lose in Week 1 and the QB controversy will heat up bigtime. Lose again in Week 2 and Manziel will be named the starter. Its not rocket science. Manziel wasn’t drafted in the 1st round so he can hold a clipboard. Not for very long, anyway. Do the backup QBs even hold clipboards anymore? They must have ipads now :-)

  82. umrao1 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:11 PM

    I’m just happy the Raiders didn’t select PeeWee Football. Feel much better about Carr.

  83. hehatemyfootballteam says: Aug 20, 2014 5:11 PM

    Is he listening to “Fancy” on those headphones?

  84. r8dernation says: Aug 20, 2014 5:12 PM

    Damn i wish he was a Raider! Give all y’all haters more to hate.

  85. cwdonald314 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:24 PM

    Compare him to Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning. Both stayed in school four years. Bill Polian on Espn no rookie should start without 30 games started in college. He has so much to learn, that it will only benefit him to sit half a season.

  86. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 20, 2014 5:26 PM

    This is why I’m afraid he’ll never be a very good NFL QB.

    He doesn’t “get it”.

  87. 34defense2014 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:32 PM

    If believe the Browns will have a top ten, if not a top five Defense! I would take Haden and Gilbert on my team twice on Sunday! Though, I wish you guys would had kept T. J. Ward? How sweet of a secondary that would have been! Ward, Haden, Gilbert!! Shoosh!! Pettine is not a fool! He knows the quickest way to loose your job in the NFL is QB and Corner! Well you’re set in Corner, your D line is really good, LB’s are really good and your secondary is one of the best in the league! That’s right I said it! One of the best in the league! I didn’t say the best! So Hawk fans and especially “Patsy'”fans don’t get in a twist! The “Patsy’s” have a really good D line but they’re not even close to having a secondary like the Browns! Revis is great, probably the best to ever play that position! Yes, that includes so called “Prime time” Revis well get off his coverage make a tackle unlike “Prime!” Joe Haden is also a beast! He’s a great Corner that will get off his coverage and knock someone out! Sorry, I’m getting off topic lol. My point is, if Hoyer can make the throws he needs to make? Your Defense is good enough to keep you in every single game! Maybe, even win I few games for you guys!! Hoyer was the right choice! Also, watching that kid Shaw! He looked really good! It wouldn’t surprise me if Pettine makes him the back up! Well, that’s if the $&@”.,? Owner can keep his mouth shut and let the coaches make the Football decisions, that’s a very big IF!!!! I hope the Browns do very well this year! You guys “fans” deserve it! Especially after what Art did to you guys! PS. I love that kid West!! Hopefully Pettine well make him the work horse! He really looks the part and runs like Halfbacks in today’s NFL! I really like West! #Jetsfanforlife

  88. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 20, 2014 5:36 PM

    The Browns Trainwreck continues. There is not one competent individual in that entire coaching staff or front office.

  89. grinhea says: Aug 20, 2014 5:44 PM

    I don’t particularly think he has done anything THAT bad…he definitely hasn’t done worse than some other players (Ray Rice). I think the problem came when he decided to put his partying in the media by making poor decisions in public. By giving himself the “party” boy image, he created an unreachable expectation from the football world…unless he was perfect, he was going to be shunned for partying and not focusing.

    Not saying that isn’t his fault for creating that perception…but to hate on him THIS much for partying when he is 21 in the offseason? Any of you remember what you acted like when you were 21? He’s just like that…with endless money and fame. He still hasn’t fallen as hard as some other guys.

  90. stigman2012 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:48 PM

    Thus the problem.

  91. ronketonk says: Aug 20, 2014 5:51 PM

    Orrrrrrr… maybe the problem is that he’s a rookie and in no way should be put on a football field against the Steelers when he can’t even remember the plays and has looked downright overwhelmed in the preseason. He may never be good enough but he surely isn’t ready to start today.

  92. geefan1 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:00 PM

    It’s funny. Before the draft, all the experts said none of the top QBs this year — especially JFF — would be ready to start right away. And now when that scenario plays out, people seem surprised.

    The kid may succeed eventually or he may be a bust — but either way, it wasn’t too hard to predict that he wouldn’t be the starter on day one.

    The sad part for him was that Hoyer didn’t particularly do anything to keep the job, so Manziel might have snatched it with more effort and a better attitude.

    But in the long run, a little more time on the bench may do him some good.

  93. weepingjebus says: Aug 20, 2014 6:12 PM

    In Manziel’s defense, he only flipped off the Redskins bench because it looked much more comfortable than what he’ll be riding.

  94. aceakking says: Aug 20, 2014 6:21 PM

    Manziel shouldn’t be defiant. Instead, he should admit his shortcomings and apologize to his fans, like Bill Leavy apologized to the Seahawks for favoring the Steelers in SB40.

  95. neardeadinoh says: Aug 20, 2014 6:22 PM

    Good lord only in Cleveland would a perrenial backup be considered a savior only because he is a hometown boy.!

  96. kevo95 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:26 PM

    Good for u u nut job hang out with the beib more hahahahh a

  97. dslproductions says: Aug 20, 2014 6:27 PM

    Awful lot of hateful, demeaning comments here about a young kid. Jealousy is not a characteristic to emulate. Get off his back and see how he is in a couple years.

  98. olcap says: Aug 20, 2014 6:28 PM

    Wait… Doesn’t that mean he’s insane?

    Like doing the same thing over after failing…

  99. nupe3 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:30 PM

    The question isn’t if you would do anything differently its if Cleveland would if they had a redo. I bet Farmer would of hidden the owners phone if he could hop on a time machine. I hope this kid gets his stuff together he is a big talent but his attitude will be a barrier to his success unfortunately

  100. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 20, 2014 6:31 PM

    When Jerry Jones won’t draft your type of QB, you know you suck.

  101. 1mommicked1 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:34 PM

    On kickoffs, when the wind blows the ball off the tee twice, they let a player place his finger on the ball so the ball won’t fall off the tee again. Johnny Football could be named as the designated starter for this role and put his finger to productive use for the team.

  102. summercho773 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:35 PM

    He’s got the mentality of a thirteen year old. At this point, I am really wondering if he is smart enough to learn the playbook.

  103. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 20, 2014 6:43 PM

    11-5. The Browns surprise the NFL and start the season 3-0 against the Stillers. Saints and Birds. Just a hunch.

  104. camdenyard says: Aug 20, 2014 6:50 PM

    Of course he wouldn’t do anything differently. Because he’s a moron.

  105. codythao35 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:56 PM

    That’s why he’ll be out of the league in couple years. He’s unwilling to change bc he is foolish.

  106. Bearfan54 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:59 PM

    I think he is going to be a good QB. He’s a gamer.

  107. trapshoot says: Aug 20, 2014 7:09 PM

    I have a slug out in my garden with more common sense than this kid.

  108. jdrewsy says: Aug 20, 2014 7:28 PM

    The definition of insanity is, “to do the same thing again and expect a different outcome.”

    So, does he not want to start or does he think if he did it all over again, he would?

  109. joe400e says: Aug 20, 2014 7:29 PM

    I wonder how the two QB thing with Romo would have played out if Jerry had drafted him.

  110. pttbrand says: Aug 20, 2014 8:34 PM

    Average speed, Average arm, Below average size. Sorry Johnny, you’ll be with Tebow here shortly.

  111. raiderapologist says: Aug 20, 2014 8:56 PM

    He can’t afford better headphones?

  112. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 20, 2014 11:49 PM

    Johnny Clipboard!!!

  113. oldcracker says: Aug 21, 2014 2:32 AM

    Johnny may be smarter than anyone is giving him credit for. He’s already made more money than I have in my entire life, while working a whole lot less, too.

    So, he rides the bench for a couple of years while hocking the newest pet rock, local pizza, or whatever. Meanwhile, Hoyer gets the crap beat out of him, Pettine “learns” how to be a Head Coach, and not just a coordinator, and Browns fans are setting fire to downtown.

    In a couple of years, Johnny crawls out from his bomb shelter, and conquers the world with his #1 draft pick team mates surrounding him. Hell, they might even have a serviceable RT by then.

    Money for nothing, and the chicks are free!

  114. hwould says: Aug 21, 2014 5:35 AM

    Its obvious Manziel still doesn’t get it. Maybe he’ll get a revelation while carrying that clipboard around.

  115. whodey4life513 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:54 AM

    I gotta say he handles himself well. He’s straight up with himself and I have to give credit when it’s due. And this is coming from a die hard bengals fan that has been watching this very closely. WHO DEY!

  116. PokeSalad says: Aug 21, 2014 9:15 AM

    This is only a temporary setback. The Browns made a grave error here, but its not irrevocable…..JF will be money for the Browns very shortly. Even the Browns leadership cannot deny JF’s football acumen for long. JF will be the starter soon.

  117. mrfrostyj says: Aug 21, 2014 9:50 AM

    I really don’t understand all the hate toward this kid. Granted I’m not a part of the “Manziel Mania” generation but using common sense I didn’t see him being any differently either since he’s only 21 and he shouldn’t have to change his OFFSEASON lifestyle. I seriously doubt when he’s on the field he’s thinking about money phones. People act like every great athlete is in home bed by 8 PM. Have we forgot about the not so squeaky clean private lives of superstars like Kobe Bryant, Brett Favre, Ben Roethlesberger, Tiger Woods, Ray Lewis and I can go on and on and every one of them have won a lot of titles in their sport.

    To be honest it might be motivation to be BETTER. If he crashes and burns in the NFL all the celebrities, women and people he thinks are his friends will disappear overnight and he seems like a pretty smart kid so he probably knows this.

    Fact is he’s on the Browns for the next 4 years. Brian Hoyer on the other hand is on the final year of a 2 year deal. Manziel has one year to learn because in 2015 he’s the starter with no competition needed.

  118. denverdude7 says: Aug 21, 2014 11:09 AM

    The Browns never should have listened to the homeless guy and let Manziel become someone else’s headache.

    Taking Sammy Watkins and adding depth at another position was the way to build this team the right way.

    Either way, this team was destined for another 5 win season with or without Manziel which would have allowed them to choose a franchise quarterback from a much deeper talent pool in 2015.

    The receiving trio of Gordon, Watkins and Jordan would have ranked in the top 5 in the NFL and made life so much better for a rookie quarterback in 2015.

    Go ahead… tell me how wrong I am.

  119. comoman14 says: Aug 23, 2014 9:38 AM

    i sure wish cleveland had not drafted manziel…and i bet he’s thinking that too…..

    pettine…shanahan…a rookie coach and a fired coordinator….and a dysfunctional franchise…ouch…!!!

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