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Reports say Hue Jackson will move on from Manziel

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The new of Hue Jackson becoming head coach of the Browns had barely started making its way through the Twittersphere Wednesday when Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 tweeted that he’s been told Jackson “made it clear” in his discussions with the Browns that he wanted the team to move on from Johnny Manziel.

The No. 22 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Manziel showed on-field progress in 2015 for the Browns but has been an off-field disaster.

A big part of the reason Jackson becomes the Browns’ eighth full-time coach since the team’s return to the league in 1999 is the Browns really haven’t had a quarterback in 25 years, at least not one who played well for more than a couple months at a time.

Though Garafolo was simply tweeting what had been passed to him through either a source at the Browns or someone close to Jackson, Manziel has been polarizing and disappointing enough that it’s easy to believe a discussion of his status would have been a key part of the interview process. The Browns held a second interview with Jackson on Tuesday, and in accepting the job Wednesday he decided not to wait for a scheduled Thursday interview with the Giants.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network later sent a tweet echoing Garafolo’s, saying he expects the Browns to move on from Manziel.

The Browns have the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft and also have quarterbacks Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Connor Shaw under contract as they go forward.

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51 Responses to “Reports say Hue Jackson will move on from Manziel”
  1. realityonetwo says: Jan 13, 2016 1:55 PM

    “Tweets say…” What does the Magic 8-Ball say?

  2. vottorific says: Jan 13, 2016 1:57 PM

    Cardale Jones! Lol! Good luck Hue, you deserve it.

  3. kbenbow says: Jan 13, 2016 1:58 PM

    Only person who wants to deal with this headache is Jerrah.

    Any person who skips a mandatory meeting and puts on a fake wig and mustache isn’t hirable.

  4. chawk12thman says: Jan 13, 2016 1:59 PM

    Seems like the decision may have been made going in…Hopefully, the new coach would examine everything regarding players retention/needs and do what is right, long term for the team…….Whatever that is….

  5. gtodriver says: Jan 13, 2016 1:59 PM

    I’m sure Hue has Jerry’s number.

  6. xman05 says: Jan 13, 2016 1:59 PM

    Already making good decisions as the Browns coach. Johnny has great talent, but he’s an even greater distraction. Time to right the ship.

  7. willycents says: Jan 13, 2016 2:02 PM

    Anyone who deceives his employer to the extant Manziel did, with the negative PR he has generated, is virtually unemployable, particularly to that organization.

  8. seatownballers says: Jan 13, 2016 2:04 PM

    Jerry will sign him, for jersey sales and pre season ticket sales.

  9. duanethomas33 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:04 PM

    New Quarterback.

    New Coach.

    No Patience Owner & Fans.

    Factory of Sadness continues…

    Be back here in 2018 or 2019.

    Cleveland deserves better.

  10. alewatcher says: Jan 13, 2016 2:07 PM

    “… in accepting the job Wednesday he decided not to wait for a scheduled Thursday interview with the Giants.”


    He chose…poorly.

  11. balewsquare says: Jan 13, 2016 2:09 PM

    L.A.? They won’t generate buzz with Keenum and Foles. But really, I hope for RG3 after he gets released – signing with the team that made a huge draft day haul by essentially trading him.

  12. spiffybiff says: Jan 13, 2016 2:10 PM

    Expect the Browns to deny this. They can’t cut him because they still owe money until the option comes up. By releasing this they lose any trade leverage. Likely another bs story

  13. iman62 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:10 PM

    Hue might as well start fresh.

  14. broncodanny says: Jan 13, 2016 2:12 PM

    The mistake on the lake, that’s Cleveland. No mistake here however. First good move this organization has made in eons!!

  15. socalmaverick says: Jan 13, 2016 2:13 PM

    Has the homeless guy weighed in on this decision yet?

  16. scchamil says: Jan 13, 2016 2:13 PM

    This is probably the right move… the only thing I will say is that – unless he can swing a big trade for someone with a little experience (McCarron does, unfortunately for Bengals fans, come to mind) – he’s going to have to tie his ship to a rookie… and a lot of times, even with the right choice… the second coaching hire reaps the benefits. If Manziel could get his head right, and I’m less convinced than ever that he can… he’s got enough experience under his belt to make the team competitive next year.

  17. stoptrippn says: Jan 13, 2016 2:14 PM

    Hue is a no nonsense coach. Manziel going to Canada

  18. patfanken says: Jan 13, 2016 2:14 PM

    Really ironic that it is very likely that the 2 most famous QB’s to come out of the Big 12 offensive explosion of the last few years, RGIII and Johnnie Football, will be available to anyone on the very cheap.

    Both are remarkable talents, who play a brand of football that one can best call “unconventional.” One guy is a hot mess mentally, and the other guy is stable, but has been beat down pretty good the last couple of years. Humbled is an understatement.

    It will be very interesting to see where these 2 end up in a league where QB talent of ANY kind is desperately lacking.

  19. h2beer says: Jan 13, 2016 2:15 PM

    Guess the Cowboys don’t need to draft a quarterback after all.

  20. kevo95 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:17 PM

    Best thing he can do ,Manzeil is a joke

  21. jrob23 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:19 PM

    He says that now but once/if he gets this kid in practice and sees he is the best QB skills wise he has ever coached he will quickly change his mind. Especially after he realizes he can use the #2 pick on a legit NFL ready stud like Bosa instead

  22. v2787 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:20 PM

    Manziel is a total head case. Jackson and the Browns don’t need him. There isn’t one decent QB on the entire Browns roster, so they’d better get busy and draft one or two this spring. Also, they should burn up the free agent wires looking for somebody who could be a backup and mentor a rookie QB. You can’t win in the NFL without a decent QB, so the Browns have to find one–and quick. Otherwise, Hue Jackson will end up like Mike Pettine.

  23. zampft says: Jan 13, 2016 2:20 PM

    how can one team have so many bad quarterbacks under contract

  24. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 13, 2016 2:21 PM

    Johnny Bustzell……
    Sure glad my Vikes passed on him.
    He will give Jerry a new toy to play with while he causes Cancer in the locker room for having to play behind Romo.

  25. darrkkomens says: Jan 13, 2016 2:22 PM

    Bad bad bad bad move Hue, coaches go to The Browns for their careers to die. horrible front office, very bad scam artist owner. Look at how they cheated their exiting coaches on Super Bowl tickets.. bad Organization but good fans. Wish you luck wish you were with my mess of a Birds..

  26. msstiller58 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:23 PM

    Great news for the Browns, both the hiring of Hue and releasing JF. I’m looking forward to a new and improved, competitive Browns team!

  27. ballboy48 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:24 PM

    I’d draft Goff, stick him on the bench for a year or two behind McCown. Goff has all the instincts to do very well in the NFL, just needs to sit and watch for a bit.

  28. DrSteveBrule says: Jan 13, 2016 2:25 PM

    Johnny is missing the window of talent that made him the special player he was in college or could be in the NFL. Hopefully the next team can turn his life and career around.

  29. mogogo1 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:27 PM

    spiffybiff says:

    Expect the Browns to deny this. They can’t cut him because they still owe money until the option comes up. By releasing this they lose any trade leverage.

    LOL, Johnny Fake Mustache torpedoed any sort of trade value a long while back.

  30. mark4steelers says: Jan 13, 2016 2:30 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, Manziel SUCKS as a person & a QB. But, it would have been smarter to not announce this & try to trade for some late round draft pick value. You never know, a different poorly run organization may have put a trade contract to their forehead & pulled the trigger…

  31. rex1979 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:32 PM

    We need RGMe and Johnny Footstool on the same team – make it happen Jerry!

  32. mrfrostyj says: Jan 13, 2016 2:37 PM

    Watching Manziel barely score against the Bengals twice a year while every other QB the Browns have had looks great against them, Hue has had a front row seat for Johnny Football mediocrity.

  33. bassplucker says: Jan 13, 2016 2:40 PM

    I figured there had to be a tie-in there. No coach with any credentials would agree to being saddled with Johnny as a condition of the job.

  34. badmude says: Jan 13, 2016 2:40 PM

    Hue didn’t learn anything for his stint as a stand in GM/coach for the Raiders?
    Don’t announce your intentions, you just lost any kind, if little leverage for a trade.
    And maybe if he is lucky, he can trade Johnny Affluenza to Jerrah for a 1st and 2nd, like the deal he screwed the Raiders with.

  35. crewchief15 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:42 PM

    He’ll regret not waiting for that Giant gig…

  36. goattoday says: Jan 13, 2016 2:43 PM

    I hope Hue doesn’t have Bob Mc Nair’s number.

  37. iamkillerfin says: Jan 13, 2016 2:45 PM

    Good now Manziel can go to a tam that will use him properly!!!

  38. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:47 PM

    I like him all ready !!!

  39. jamesfield74 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:52 PM

    Do people realize that McCown was a solid QB when he was healthy? The injuries he suffered, minus the first game (SLIDE DAMNIT) weren’t due to being injury prone.
    A solid WR, hello Mr. Treadwell, would do lots to improve this offense.

    Personally though, now I care more about Def Co. Are we switching to a 4-3 again? If so, give me Bosa.

  40. axesbluestar says: Jan 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    He will give Jerry a new toy to play with while he causes Cancer in the locker room for having to play behind Romo.
    After going through the Greg Hardy fiasco…?


    Dallas signs RGIII, drafts Paxton Lynch.

  41. unitas19 says: Jan 13, 2016 3:06 PM

    Totally believable- Jackson’s a quality guy and will not tolerate this crap.

  42. walleye436 says: Jan 13, 2016 3:11 PM

    Browns have McCown who proved to be a good starting QB that couldn’t stay healthy. Manziel never would of played if McCown had stayed on the field. McCown is a good team mate trying to help the other QB’s..

    The Browns offense played good enough to win more games but the defense did not play that well enough to win….just saying

  43. siriusred67 says: Jan 13, 2016 3:22 PM

    Cleveland will probably draft Goff. He’s better than any QB currently on their roster. Then again, so are most of the top QB prospects.

  44. joefelicelli says: Jan 13, 2016 3:27 PM

    Hey, it worked for Al Davis and Lane Kiffin….The Browns should try and terminate his contract for cause, and sue to recoup the bonus money and guaranteed money still left.

  45. nighttrain59 says: Jan 13, 2016 3:32 PM

    Maybe he can trade 2 first round picks for Carson Palmer.

  46. laces out says: Jan 13, 2016 3:37 PM

    please move on from those terrible new uniforms too

  47. truthdispensary says: Jan 13, 2016 4:09 PM

    They do have the 2nd pick…so we can all expect em’ to select another 7th round talent in the first.

  48. farmboss17 says: Jan 13, 2016 5:02 PM

    Bad teams over long periods of time typically have a circus staying in the same building. Sounds like Hue is going to boot the chief clown. They may not turn around quickly next year in the win/loss column, but shutting down the circus (distraction) is a big fist step.

    While I don’t think for one minute Manziel will end up in Buffalo, all indications are that Ringling Brothers is headed to Orchard Park, NY.

  49. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 13, 2016 5:10 PM

    YEAH! Titans, Jags, and Fins won’t have t0 be last anymore!

  50. vr6ist says: Jan 13, 2016 6:41 PM

    Johhny is really sad that he cant be in Cleveland anymore…let me tell ya!! LOL!!!

  51. bratwurstgobbler says: Jan 14, 2016 2:40 PM


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