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Johnny "Football" Manziel has been the most hyped quarterback not to play a full game this season. The Texas A&M rookie "phenom" has been backing up former Tom Brady backup Brian Hoyer all season. All of that changed Sunday when the Cleveland Browns took the field led by Mr. Football in his first professional start.
Browns fans expected Manziel to save the season and lead the team into the playoffs. Manziel answered their prayers with ... 80 yards passing, 2 interceptions, 3 sacks, ZERO touchdowns, a QBR of 1, and ZERO offensive points.  
Meme courtesy of Twitter

It might be time for Manziel to study more film, if he even knows where the Browns film room is located. Maybe he can study the play book and avoid some embarrassing moments. Moments like turning the wrong way on a play action pass resulting in internet memes that began circulating before the game was complete. Maybe he could ditch the iconic money celebration that he started using after being suspended for NCAA rules violations. There are a million different things that Manziel could, and should, be doing to adjust to the NFL in his rookie season. He has done none of them.

By the end of the game, it was clear that Manziel wasn't going to live up to the hype in his first NFL start. It was clear that Manziel didn't have a grasp of the Browns play book and he was content to be the improvisational quarterback he was at Texas A&M. It was clear that Manziel should be spending less time gallivanting around Cleveland late at night, and concentrating on how he can be helping his new team win football games. It was clear that NFL defenders have taken notice of Manziel's shenanigans and are ready to put him in his place.
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At the end of the day, Manziel was taught a valuable lesson: This is the NFL where anything can happen on any given Sunday, but it doesn't happen without hard work and preparation. A predicament that Johnny "Interception" must learn to adjust to or he will go the way of Tim Tebow, Ryan Leaf,
and so many other quarterbacks that couldn't cut it in the NFL.

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Andrew Sheehan 12/15/2014 07:38:00 PM Edit

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