Mike Pettine won’t rule out giving Johnny Manziel snaps against Steelers

Johnny-ManzielBrian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel both played in the Cleveland Browns’ final preseason tuneup against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, and nothing happened that would make head coach Mike Pettine regret naming Hoyer the team’s starting quarterback. Manziel was once again inaccurate on many of his throws, completing just 6-of-17 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Hoyer was 6-of-8 for 68 yards in limited action.

Manziel did rush four times for 55 yards, which kept reporters wondering if he will play at all against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. Pettine wouldn’t rule it out.

“It’s something we’ll discuss,” he said after the game, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “I don’t know if that’s necessarily something just because of tonight. We’ll have discussions on how we want to game plan and how we want to use those guys. I think one of the reasons that Brian (Hoyer) and the first team did look better tonight is because we didn’t mix the reps and he got all the reps with the No. 1s. A big part of tonight was getting those guys playing together and getting that cohesion.”

Talk about sending mixed signals. If Pettine was so impressed with the way Hoyer gelled with the first-string offense, he should commit to one quarterback and not have Hoyer worrying about being able to establish a rhythm in the regular season opener. But Pettine couldn’t seem to close the door on Johnny Football, noting that he likes the contrast in styles between Hoyer and Manziel.

“I do because it’s worked in this system before where (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) has had dropback passers and then a talent like (Robert Griffin III),” Pettine added. “I think it’s a very similar situation where he can bounce back and forth between the two styles and play to the strengths of the guy that he has in there.”

To his credit, Hoyer said he would be fine with Manziel getting some snaps against Pittsburgh if it helps the team win. In all likelihood, Pettine simply doesn’t want to tip his hand. He wants the Steelers to have to prepare for Hoyer and Manziel, though it’s not like they have to plan for Peyton Manning and Michael Vick.

Given how shaky Manziel has looked and the fact that the game is on the road, I’d be shocked if he played at all against the Steelers.

H/T Around the League

Malcome Kennedy rolls his eyes about Johnny Manziel (Video)

Think Malcome Kennedy is sick of all the talk about Johnny Manziel? I’d say so.

Texas A&M laid waste to South Carolina in their season opener on Thursday and set records in the process.

Quarterback Kenny Hill went 44-of-60 for 511 yards and three touchdowns, while Kennedy led the team with 14 receptions for 137 yards in the 52-28 victory. Hill’s 44 completions and 511 yards were single-game school records.

“The offensive coordinator and Coach Sumlin, they had the right gameplan. All we had to do was execute. Easy as heck!” said Kennedy in an interview with SEC Network’s Kaylee Hartung after the game.

Kennedy also talked about the team being fueled by the talk that they wouldn’t be as good without Manziel, Mike Evans, and Jake Matthews, who were all first-round picks in the NFL draft.

Kennedy seemed especially tired of the Manziel talk. When asked if he expected such a performance from Hill, Kennedy answered confidently and even gave a classic eye roll when he mentioned Johnny Football.

Malcome Kennedy

“Oh yeah, we expected it.”

Jerry Jones: Not drafting Johnny Manziel is a ticket to more 8-8 seasons

Johnny Manziel Cowboys jersey

Jerry Jones really, really wanted to draft Johnny Manziel with the 16th overall pick in the NFL Draft earlier this year. We already established that when we heard the story about Stephen Jones having to restrain Jerruh so he wouldn’t pass in the draft card with Manziel’s name on it. But you still might be surprised to hear how badly Jones feels his team needed Manziel.

As part of a lengthy profile for ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Jones told Don Van Natta Jr. that he wanted Johnny Football to call America’s Team his own so the Cowboys could remain relevant.

“If we had picked Manziel, he’d guarantee our relevance for 10 years,” Jones said shortly after the draft. “When we were on the clock, I said if we pick the other guy — any other guy — it would be a ticket to parity, more 8-8 seasons.”

Offensive tackle Zack Martin, the player the Cowboys ended up taking at No. 16, can’t feel too great about that. Neither can Tony Romo, though Van Natta also witnessed Jones joking around with his starting quarterback about his obsession with Manziel.

“And what is amazing, if there’s anybody on this planet that could’ve handled Manziel competin’ with him …” Jones said with his arm draped around Romo’s shoulder. “This guy could handle any damn thing — this is your fighter pilot. This is your fighter pilot. This is the guy you want goin’ in, droppin’ and winkin’ at ‘em, and comin’ out, and drinkin’ beer. This is him. So he could handle it. It wasn’t a question of not handlin’ it.”

Manziel couldn’t beat out Brian Hoyer for the Week 1 starting job, so he certainly wasn’t going to beat out Romo. Still, Jones absolutely loves him some Johnny Football.

“The only way to break out is to gamble — take a chance with that first pick, if you wanna dramatically improve your team,” he added. “That’s why I wanted Manziel but I was the only guy who wanted him. I listened to everybody … And I’m … not … happy … .”

Browns and Vikings fans need to watch out — Jerruh is coming for your biggest superstars.

Johnny Manziel stars in Snickers commercial as aerobics instructor (Video)

Johnny Manziel has landed a number of endorsement deals since he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and one of them is with Snickers. As a result, we all get to enjoy the enthusiasm of “Johnny JamBoogie.”

Snickers released a commercial this week that stars Manziel in one of those “you aren’t yourself when you’re hungry” spots that they do. Manziel basically starts out as Richard Simmons before a member of the Browns enters the room, reminds him that he’s Johnny Football and gives him a Snickers.

Whether you’re a Manziel fan or not, you have to admit that watching him “add a little jazz to it” is pretty funny:


Michael Sam sack on Johnny Manziel, celebration causes Twitter user to lose bet

Michael Sam money gesture

Michael Sam’s sack on Johnny Manziel and subsequent “Money” celebration caused one Twitter user to lose a bet he made that was impossible to enforce anyway.

A guy on Twitter who goes by “Fisher King” sent the following tweet before Saturday’s preseason game between the Rams and Browns:

Fisher King wasn’t the only one who was saying stuff about Sam sacking Manziel that night; many other pundits were begging for it to happen so there would be an “internet meltdown” which never actually happened.

So how did the Fisher King guy react after the sack?

Fisher King wanted to make good on his promise but knew the drinks proposition was unrealistic. Instead he turned to a more reasonable payoff — donating to a charity of Sam’s choice.

Head to Page 2 to read what happened next.

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Michael Sam sacks Johnny Manziel, does money sign (Video)

The two biggest stories in the NFL leading up to the draft and throughout training camp were Johnny Manziel and Michael Sam.

Would Manziel ascend to the starting quarterback position on the Browns? Would Sam make the Rams’ roster and become the first active gay player in the NFL? The hype and questions surrounding the two players were endless.

But those two mega-stories converged at the exact same moment at the exact same time when Sam sacked Manziel in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s preseason game between the teams.

Oh, and as if that weren’t already enough, Sam brought down the house by taunting Manziel with the money celebration like a boss:

Michael Sam money gesture

Nothing Sam has done so far has cemented him as a legitimate NFL player as mocking Manziel’s celebration. Here’s another look at it:

GIF: Michael Sam sacks Johnny Manziel, does money celebration... on Twitpic

Sam’s not the first NFL player to mock Manziel’s money celebration — Brian Orakpo did it on Monday night, too.

Mike Pettine: Browns could use two-QB system with Johnny Manziel

Johnny-ManzielCleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine revealed earlier this week that Brian Hoyer has been named the team’s starting quarterback, but Pettine obviously wants to keep everyone guessing about what Johnny Manziel’s role will be. On Wednesday, Pettine said it is possible that Manziel doesn’t play at all in 2014. On Friday, he hinted that the Browns might use both Hoyer and Manziel.

“We could potentially look at a two-quarterback system down the road,” Pettine told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Pettine added that the idea of using a package of plays for Manziel is “on the table” and could potentially help both Manziel and the team. But will it help Hoyer?

Playing quarterback in the NFL is all about rhythm. It’s hard to be an effective passer when you are coming off the field for some sort of wildcat or similar package. Most of the time when teams try to use two quarterbacks (cough, Jets, cough), they fail miserably. Not to mention, Hoyer is probably more likely to feel Manziel breathing down his neck if he is sharing snaps with him.

To this point, Pettine’s signals about the Browns’ offense have been incredibly mixed. If he’s trying to confuse the media and Cleveland’s opponents, more power to him. If he’s saying the same stuff to his team, that could wind up becoming a problem.