Browns “Alarmed” By Johnny Manziel’s Off Field Behavior?
Johnny Manziel’s plight to become the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback in 2014 may be hitting a roadblock. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the team has grown “alarmed” by Manziel’s off field antics and may not view him as a legit threat to challenge incumbent starter Brian Hoyer for the starting gig.
The team reportedly specifically wasn’t too keen on a viral photo that depicted Manziel rolling a $20 bill in a bathroom – an act often associated with the use of cocaine via snorting it through the nose.
There’s no way to prove that Manziel was in fact about to snort cocaine, but the mere possibility, as well as Manziel’s other high profiled appearances in the media, have caused some reservations. In addition, Manziel’s play has reportedly “regressed” in practice, potentially due to not submerging himself enough in the team playbook.
This could either be a leaked rumor to spark Manziel and get him more focused for the quarterback competition, or it could simply be the writing on the wall that the job is no longer his to gain during the preseason.
In fact, sources close to the Browns have already speculated that Cleveland has already decided that Hoyer is the better option to roll into Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in week one. Head coach Mike Pettine has also suggested he’d prefer to ease Manziel into the starting job, and even said Manziel could be used early in his career as a “package quarterback”.
Pettine referenced San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick as an example, as Kaepernick did not start early in his career, but made successful appearances in read-option packages. Kaepernick is now one of the league’s more promising passers and San Francisco’s full-time starting quarterback.
While rumors will continue to run wild of all varieties when it comes to Johnny Football, nothing has actually been settled just yet. Manziel still could have a chance to keep his nose in the playbook, and come preseason, we just might start hearing a different story from the Browns.
ltimately, whoever gives Cleveland the best chance to win come week one is going to be under center. Whether that winds up being Manziel or not is likely going to be up to him.
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