Report: Johnny Manziel losing job more about behavior and less about football

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeThe Cleveland Browns named Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel on Wednesday, and many are wondering why head coach Mike Pettine did not wait until the all-important third preseason game to make his decision. If Pettine was choosing a starter based solely on on-field performance, he probably would have.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Manziel has been slowly blowing his shot at the starting job since the Browns drafted him.

People love to chalk Manziel’s behavior up to the fact that he is a 21-year-old kid who is still learning. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean the Browns have overlooked his party-boy antics. Pettine even admitted that he spoke to Manziel about the photo that showed the former Texas A&M star rolling up a bill in front of a bathroom mirror.

By completing just 6-of-17 passes against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, Manziel probably made Pettine’s job easy. He made it even easier when he flipped off the Redskins sideline. Hoyer has completed 8-of-20 pass attempts and has a passer rating of 57.9 through two preseason games, so you really think this is about football? Manziel needs to prove he can grow up before Pettine will hand him the reins.

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  • SpinMax

    Man, you just can’t have a partying, showboating, arrogant guy who flips the finger to the opposition, then you’d have philip rivers or ben roethlisberger as QB.

  • spsummer

    They knew what they were getting when they picked him.

  • Zack Phillips

    Sorry, but I just don’t see Manziel as being any good. He had to leave college early because he was burning his bridges there and so far, he’s been no different in the NFL. I just don’t see him being the stud Cleveland wanted. IF he grows up, then maybe he’ll have a chance. The things he’s gotta work on first are all off the field lol.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Or Jay Cutler?

  • pihc

    Agree. Wish it were different, but as you can see by this author, he thinks 8 of 20 is a lot better than 6 of 17. He uses that as his basis (mostly against 2/3 reserves off the bench) as his entire rating process of which is the better QB. They are blind. 40% and roughly 35% is a difference, but again, we’re talking starters compared to the bench.

    Also, if you’re going to beat the returning starting QB, you have to knock people out with your performance. He didn’t. Johnny Finger simple doesn’t know the play book and of the ones he did know, he reacted extremely slow and he was slow when running the ball.

    IMHO, both looked sluggish. Put Connor Shaw in. That QB was on target (instead of in the dirt, behind the WR or sailing over heads) and marched the team down the field for TDs. Plus, Shaw actually studied the books while Johnny played, smoked, drank in Vegas. Shaw is more prepared to start for the Browns than either Hoyer or Johnny Finger.