Brian Orakpo on Johnny Manziel middle finger: ‘It was hilarious’

Johnny Manziel flips the bird

The Washington Redskins seemed to have a lot of fun with Johnny Manziel on Monday night. At one point, they were having so much fun with Johnny Football that they inspired the rookie to flip the bird to the entire Redskins sideline. Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo thought the gesture was entertaining.

“It was hilarious,” Orakpo said, per John Keim of ESPN.com. “We were messing with him a little bit, just saying this ain’t college and stuff like that. We were having a little fun. Manziel flipped us off. It was something funny. We were all laughing on the sidelines.”

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Redskins safety Ryan Clark agreed that Manziel flipping the bird was “funny” and that “nobody cares.” DeSean Jackson, who for some reason thinks he has the right to get on a high horse despite some of the controversial hand gestures he has flashed in the past, sounded a bit more offended.

“Being young, things happen sometimes [and] you don’t know better,” Jackson said. “It’s unfortunate he did get caught, but he’ll learn from it. It’s nothing too nice to do. We’re out here competing with each other.”

The real reason the Redskins didn’t care about Manziel flipping them off? The Heisman Trophy winner completed just 44% of his passes (6-of-17) and was sacked three times. He did not look sharp at all, which is probably why he was frustrated enough to flip the bird. The learning curve continues for Johnny Football.

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Brian Orakpo does Johnny Manziel hand gesture after sack (GIF)

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The Washington Redskins got a sack on Johnny Manziel in the first quarter of Monday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, and one of their players decided to mock Manziel.

Ryan Kerrigan sacked Johnny Football on the backup quarterback’s first drive of the game. Brian Orakpo decided to act appropriately.

Brian Orakpo Johnny Manziel

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this. When JJ Watt sacked Aaron Rodgers, he mocked him with the Discount Double Check belt celebration.

If quarterbacks are going to have signature celebrations, they better be prepared to have defenders throw it back in their face when they screw up or get sacked.

Here’s what Johnny looks like when he does his hand gesture:

GIF via @cjzero

Brian Orakpo: Tony Romo’s Injury Was Blown Way Out of Proportion

When the Cowboys defeated the Redskins on Monday, a lot of questions were answered about Tony Romo’s toughness.  Reports of a punctured lung and broken ribs left Romo’s playing status in question, but he went on to take another beating from the Washington defense.  Romo battled through a number of crunching hits and numerous botched snaps, all the while having to coach his receivers on where they needed to line up before plays.

Those who are not Romo fans are surely sick of hearing about his tenacity.  Apparently that group includes Brian Orakpo, who may have a small case of sour grapes after the tough loss.

“To me they blown it way out of proportion,” Orakpo said on ESPN 980’s John Thompson Show Tuesday via the Washington Post. “I mean, they tried to make it seem like the guy was hospitalized the night before the game, just so we could build it up if they was to win the game — oh he’s a courageous player to go out there and play. The guy was playing just like Tony Romo, running around, making throws. He got hit throughout the whole game and still getting up. I mean, it was blown way out of proportion, but it is what it is.”

Orakpo’s teammate seemed to think Romo’s injuries were legit enough that he planned to target them. Here’s the kicker: Orakpo sat out much of the second half with cramps.  He tried to explain his absence by saying he had never experienced that type of humidity and lack of air flow.  Doesn’t sound like he should be pointing fingers about who’s playing hurt and not.