Will Manziel have the ability to call audibles?


The reality that Robert Griffin III will have the ability to call audibles in 2013 means that, during his first two NFL seasons, he lacked that power.  Which raises an interesting question for the most talked-about NFL rookie since Griffin.

The guy who put the restrictor plate on RGIII was offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.  And Shanahan now runs the offense in Cleveland.

So will Johnny Manziel have the power to change plays as a rookie?

It’s not relevant unless and until he plays.  And with Manziel posing with Biebs while showing a literal index finger to the world and a figurative middle finger to the Browns, Manziel could be daring the front office to do something about his refusal to tone it down.  Like relying on Brian Hoyer when September rolls around.

Once Manziel plays, the question of whether he’ll be able to change the play that was called may not matter, because once the ball is snapped he may decide to go full-on Favre and act like he’s playing “keep away” on a playground.

If Manziel thrives, whether he’s doing so as scripted may matter only to Shanahan.  But even if Manziel struggles, the guy who has shown defiance to date of the team’s reported order to go easy on the social media shenanigans may feel empowered to do whatever he wants to do once he’s playing, regardless of whether Shanahan likes it or not.

Ultimately, Manziel is smart.  He’s smart enough to know that, no matter what the team says or thinks, they traded from No. 26 to No. 22 because they want him to be their quarterback.  And that’s what they’ll getting, exactly the way Manziel wants to be their quarterback.

57 responses to “Will Manziel have the ability to call audibles?

  1. I’m pulling for you, Johnny! There’s an old song by an even older singer named Frank Sinatra. The song is titled, “My Way.” Check it out on iTunes. That should be your theme song!

  2. Whether he calls them or not, you can bet the farm that he’s going to run them.

  3. Not even Luck could change plays as a rookie. What makes you think this clown will? The Brownies should be more concerned with him figuring out what is a playbook for, considering he didn’t even have one back in college.

    Look, JFF is a highlight reel on cleats. Browns fans should hope that those highlights are more SportsCenter Top 10 than Blooper Reel. And about doing it his way, remember that Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus also tried to do it their way, and if you asked them today, I don’t think they’d be proud to sing to Sinatra’s tune. Elite athletes succeed because they understand that their job is a 24/7 job., and game day is only the culmination of busting their asses off for days, weeks and even months just preparing for that day. Talent alone can only take you so far.

  4. Please stop it! Manziel is the gift that keeps on giving for sportswriters, and he hasn’t taken a real snap yet.

  5. Whether he has permission or not, he is the one that controls the action and makes the choices out there. If they don’t want him to do it and he did, would they bench him for it? Probably not. He’ll eventually test their resolve at some point to see how loose and firm their guidelines truly are. Or they could have taken the time to put offset language into the contract that spells out what the rules are, but that’s probably not on the table at this point. Let’s see what Johnny does!

  6. How hard are his offensive linemen willing to put their bodies and careers on the line to block for this *leader* of their team? I have to wonder if they’re thinking that maybe letting a couple of defenders slip through might, just might, get their QB to stop making embarrassing headlines for the team.

    “What’s that? I didn’t hear that audible…” This could even happen as early as training camp.

  7. I’m going to reserve comment on the kid until he takes his game day snaps under center. Starting with August 9th. All of this other crap sounds like a bunch of crotchety old men who swore up and down that the NFL was far superior to the AFL. Let’s see some Suh thrown at him and make some judgments after that. If the kid can booze it up, do the clubs and win games like Bobby Lane, I’m all in. He’s got extreme confidence and Cleveland, and NFL fans in particular, just aren’t used to that.

  8. The blue collar AFC North with the devastating pass rushing from the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals will destroy Manziel. I’m sure in all of their locker rooms they will have the pic of Manziel hanging with Bieber on their poster board.

  9. He’ll be holding the clipboard until bye week or until Hoyer gets injured. The Manziel party coverage is getting tired. Most of the world could care less if he’s getting hammered with celebrities or dunking oreos in milk with his G-ma, as long as he’s dedicated and gives a 100% while he’s at work. Pretty sure most of us that has some kind of social life in our early twenties were out having fun,being knuckleheads at that age on nights when their was no work the next day. Now if he shows up to practice still drunk on sizzurp from hanging with that dweeb Beiber then it’s time to start worrying.

  10. Johnny Football proves the old saying that “losers love to see someone fail.”

  11. Everything Manziel did in college was the result of improvisation. If you take that away from him, you just have a hungover guy who can run fast.

  12. Ultimately Manziel is smart? What on Earth has given you that impression, it’s about 180 degrees opposite of all sane people.

    The guy is treating his NFL opportunity like he is in high school, and so he should be called Johnny Boyziel from now on.

  13. No matter what lies Manziel told the Browns and the other teams, pre-draft, since then he has boldly indicated his true intentions.

    He has said he won’t change for anybody. Last time I checked, anybody includes, well, everybody. To his credit, he’s doing what he said he would do.

    Now, do you trust him to have the keys to your car at 2:30 in the morning after a few Johnny Walker Reds or Blacks? You get the point. Denying audibles may be the last and only control the team may have over him.(if they’re afraid to keep him on the bench)

    I wouldn’t let him make anything but the most rudimentary calls. Only two choice, black and white decisions. If he rejects that and does is own thing, then Pettine, Farmer, Halsam and Shannahan have bought a ticket on the Titanic without a life raft.

  14. Very few quarterbacks have the freedom to call real audibles, where they change the play at the line of scrimmage. Almost all quarterbacks have options built into whatever play is called so they can call the exact play after they see how the defense is lined up. No rookie is going to have the freedom to call audibles.

  15. “It’s not relevant unless and until he plays.”

    The takeaway message from about 99% of the Manziel stories in the press.

  16. “Ultimately, Manziel is smart.”

    Where exactly has he demonstrated this intelligence? This is the same guy who called up a parking cop to try and talk his way out of a ticket. The same guy who sold his autograph and got caught.

    He’s an amazing athlete, no doubt, but nobody would call him a cerebral player in college. And he admitted to only visiting campus like once a month during his final year because he was supposedly taking most of his classes online, which pretty much translates into he wasn’t doing anything academically.

  17. mogogo1 says: Not to mention hiring his best friend from middle/high school to act as his personal assistant and “press secretary”, who was tasked with screening out potential people who might do him harm if let into *their* inner circle.

    The list of bad decisions goes on and on…

  18. We can make all the comments we want but proof will be on the field… After game 6 we can then say put up or shut up!

    I can say I hope that Johnny “the Nose” Manzeil fails only because of attitude and character

  19. 2014……RGIII can Cahill the plays in 2014…… And no, I don’t think Manziel will be given that, but I think he will do it anyways…. if he gets in.

  20. “The reality that Robert Griffin III will have the ability to call audibles in 2013…”

    Huh? Pretty sure this is 2014, but then again I’m a child of the ’60’s so there might be a little brain damage on my end. 🙂

  21. If your OC doesn’t trust you enough to change a play based on the defense you are reading…well then he shouldn’t be playing you.

    It’s absurd that Shanahan didn’t give RG3 the ability to do that in his first two seasons. It tells me that his QB coach isn’t good enough to you know…..coach him.

    Hell limit the play calls to a smaller portion of the playbook, but don’t hamstring your leader by not allowing him to check to something that has a chance of working when he sees what is called won’t. Ya gotta give the guy a chance to fail if you want to give him a chance to succeed.

  22. What do Manziel and Tebow have in common? They both attract media attention. What makes them different? Tebow has won more playoff games than Manziel will ever dream of. And yeah, I get it. Tebow shouldn’t be in the NFL What does that say about Johnny Bust?

  23. I ‘d imagine he’ll probably want to mimic Peyton With his audibles. Only with his twist. Instead of “Omaha! Omaha!”. It’ll sound something like, “Franklin! Franklin!” “Check!” “Grover, Grover!” “Cleveland!”.

  24. His brother Justin and his dad Floyd will be rooting for him. Meanwhile, his sister Miley is busy planning of getting a tattoo of Johnny Football on her tongue.

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