May 31, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel during photoshoot at the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Right Not To Coddle Johnny Manziel?


Taking an athlete in the draft who already has an established name is difficult for teams.  They must somehow strike a balance between the player’s ego and keeping in mind that, famous or not, he’s still a rookie.  The Cleveland Browns took on that challenge when they traded up to draft Johnny Manziel.  Given his success at Texas A&M along with his crazed fan following, it would’ve been easy to ride the wave, especially for a down-on-their-luck franchise like Cleveland.  They could’ve handed him the reins right off the bat let the horse ride where it may.  Instead the Browns front office and coaches refused that approach, instead stating right off the bat that Manziel was little more than another backup quarterback for the time being until he proved others.

Several analysts, including Mike Mayock of NFL Network were quick to applaud this approach.  Mayock said plainly that he was “happy they didn’t hand it to him.  The kid has had too much handed to him in life already.  Let him work for something there.”

Indeed Johnny Manziel has never really had to fight for a job.  That is how gifted an athlete he is, but the Cleveland Browns are not going to let him steer their franchise until he’s ready.  If that means sticking with Brian Hoyer for the time being, they’re ready to take that risk.  Hoyer of course is rehabbing from a torn ACL so he doesn’t exactly look like the most able competition despite the fact he won three games for the Browns last year.  Still, he more than anybody knows the work it takes to succeed in the NFL and Cleveland is hoping he will teach that to their new rookie quarterback.  How Manziel responds in the coming months will paint a very interesting picture for the future in the short and long-term.

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  • Richard Ciesielski

    I’m still waiting to see when Manziel’s going to become a real Brown and get a contract. I think that people aren’t giving enough credit to Hoyer either, people might not be impressed with him because it was a three and done (due to injury) season for him but even comming back from that he still beat out other QB’s for his job so far. I think by Manziel even being drafted to a different sport for a different city people should start to see though Manziel, he’s not about Cleveland, he’s about green backs and dead presidents, I think he even said something to the point that this is going to be my home for the next three or four years.. Pettine is about Cleveland, Hoyer is about Cleveland, Johnny, is about good times and money, and attention. I’m a Browns fan, to me before I root for a guy he should really be on the team and act like it. My message to Johnny; Man up and sign up, college is over, cut the crap parties and really join the team, you’re not showing me that you really want to tear up this league with Cleveland by getting drafted by a different sport, somebody out there has to agree with me.

  • trinity

    I think they’re handling him the right way. No sense in getting caught up in emotion and tossing him out there before he’s ready. Frankly, I’m not even sold on him succeeding once he IS ready.

    • John Duquette

      I agree I was never in favor of the Browns drafting Manziel but now we got him (officially when he signs a contract) so lets hope for the best.