The Browns haven’t yet officially announced whether they will stick with incumbent quarterback Brian Hoyer or turn to rookie Johnny Manziel for Sunday’s game vs. Cincinnati.
Either way, the matter doesn’t worry Bengals coach Marvin Lewis much.
In an interview with 1530 AM in Cincinnati, Lewis was asked if the Browns’ QB decision had any bearing on how the Bengals prepared for Cleveland.
“No, it doesn’t,” Lewis told the station, according to an audio clip shared by Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal on Twitter. “It doesn’t at all.”
Added Lewis: “You’ll get a little bit more movement if Manziel’s the quarterback, the thing that they did against Buffalo. But other than that, no, that doesn’t impact you at all. You gotta go defend the offense. You don’t defend the player.”
Lewis paused, then added: “Particularly a midget.”
The audio clip then ended.
The 6-foot Manziel is listed as two inches shorter than Hoyer, who has started every game for 7-6 Cleveland, including the Browns’ November 6 win at Cincinnati. Manziel has appeared in three games, with his most extended action against the Bills in Week 13.
While Lewis’ remarks may be in jest, he might draw some criticism for his turn of phrase. According to Little People of America, which is billed as America’s biggest dwarfism support group, the term “midget” is viewed by some as an insensitive phrase.
The Bengals (8-4-1) hold a half-game lead in the AFC North over Baltimore and Pittsburgh (8-5).