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Coordinator says he’s excited to see Johnny Manziel play

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People who get paid to say controversial things on television have certainly been saying them about Johnny Manziel.

But Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan praised his backup quarterback, saying he was excited to see him on the field.

“[He’s] worth a first-round draft pick,” Shanahan said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We liked him. I’m glad he’s here. I’ve loved coaching Johnny so far, he’s a professional. I don’t really know all the stuff that people are ripping him about. I don’t have time to read it all, but Johnny’s been great. I’m excited to see him play, [and I] think you guys will be too.”

Shanahan wouldn’t offer any specifics on how he planned to use Manziel this week against the Steelers, and said he’s never used two quarterbacks in a game on purpose before. But he was careful to draw a line between the faded fad Wildcat package and what they want to do with Johnny Football.

“To me, my understanding of what a Wildcat is is a guy who can’t play quarterback who’s playing the quarterback position,” Shanahan said. “Johnny’s a quarterback. Just because you’re in the pistol doesn’t mean you’re in the Wildcat. You can do the pistol with Hoyer, you can do it with anybody. I think the Wildcat is when a running back is playing the quarterback position or a guy that can’t throw.

“Both of our quarterbacks can throw. One can run better than the other, so you might do a few more plays with one that you wouldn’t do with the other, but you mix it up with everybody and try to make the defense defend everything.”

The Steelers are obviously expecting to see Manziel at some point, and they should. Because given the time and energy and investment the Browns have put into Manziel, you know they can’t wait to unveil him.

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15 Responses to “Coordinator says he’s excited to see Johnny Manziel play”
  1. nehxas says: Sep 5, 2014 8:10 AM

    Doesn’t really describe the Wildcat all that well. It works best when the runner IS a threat a throw. That’s why it has worked best for the Jets with former college QBs Brad Smith and last year Josh Cribbs.

  2. indymarc says: Sep 5, 2014 8:14 AM

    Cleveland is about to do things they would only do in Cleveland and it’s going to be a train wreck. I can’t wait to watch either.

  3. stealthscorpio says: Sep 5, 2014 8:18 AM

    They will get to see a lot of Johnny as soon as the Browns leaky line lets the Steelers blast Hoyer into week 8-10. Put me down for Shazier in the 2nd…

  4. qdog112 says: Sep 5, 2014 8:23 AM

    Dear Mr. Shanahan, America agrees with you. We all wanna see Manziel on the field. As a OC, why are you even discussing him when you have a starter who WILL be on the field?

    By all accounts, CLE is in troubled water from a franchise standpoint. You put a face on the Browns problems.

    Your players, who actually play deserve your attention and you should be helping them win instead of undermining their efforts by holding a pom pom for a glory seeker.

  5. noggintopper says: Sep 5, 2014 8:25 AM

    Hard to look away from a good crash and burn.

  6. chrisk61 says: Sep 5, 2014 8:26 AM

    it speaks volumes that shanahan calls manziel “johnny” but calls hoyer “hoyer.”

  7. viggyhead says: Sep 5, 2014 8:31 AM

    First Johnny play two yard completion to the tight end. Second Johnny play he runs up the middle for no gain. I’m glad they get to unveil him!

  8. usedjock says: Sep 5, 2014 8:34 AM

    I am excited to see him play as well.

    Signed,
    Dick Lebeau

  9. bucrightoff says: Sep 5, 2014 8:38 AM

    Kyle and Johnny both will end up in the CFL

  10. ytownjoe says: Sep 5, 2014 9:01 AM

    The world is waiting . . .

  11. stillers213 says: Sep 5, 2014 10:27 AM

    Let’s just kick it off already! I’m so done with the offseason! Let’s start climbing the Stairway to Seven. Here we go.

  12. clashpoint says: Sep 5, 2014 10:35 AM

    I hope Shazier crushes him.
    Go Steelers!

  13. wiseone50 says: Sep 5, 2014 11:29 AM

    The Browns have a very good chance of beating the Steelers. So many question marks though. I can’t wait for Sunday to find out.

  14. mikeyj73 says: Sep 5, 2014 1:46 PM

    qdog112….he’s talking about Johnny cause somebody like Mary Kay Cabot keeps asking about Johnny…blame the reporter.

  15. steelcurtainn says: Sep 5, 2014 3:55 PM

    I’m excited to see him get planted on heinz field. My guess is its going to be Jarvis Jones.

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