Johny Manziel Struggles In Preseason Loss, Flips Off Redskins’ Sideline

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 | 0


Ever since the Cleveland Browns drafted controversial Heisman-winning quarterback (QB) Johnny Manziel in the first round of May’s 2014 NFL draft, the team has been the center of a media circus surrounding the competition for the starting job between “Johnny Football” and incumbent Brian Hoyer.

And judging from the results of last night’s (Mon., August 18, 2014) 24-23 loss to the Washington Redskins, that competition is going to rage on even further. Manziel struggled with his chances last night, going 7 of 16 for 65 yards a touchdown. He spoke up to FOX Sports about what he’s looking to improve on:

“I really tried to force everything and not let it fly like I should have. I need to get better at that and throw the dang ball.”

Manziel was far from great, but fortunately for him, Hoyer was even worse, going only 2 for 6 for a measly 16 yards after starting the game for the Browns. He was noticeably tougher on himself than Manziel:

“It probably couldn’t have been any worse. It’s disappointing. It was embarrassing.”

So Cleveland’s QB controversy is still very much alive heading into the third week of the preseason, and new head coach Mike Pettine clarified this to the media:

“All the options are still on the table. They both missed some throws.”

They certainly did, and most NFL fans and experts know that having two lackluster QBs rarely works out.

One thing Manziel brings to the table that few other signal callers do is his energetic and sometimes rash attitude, evident by his flipping off of the Redskins’ bench last night. Check out the video of the obscene gesture courtesy of MediaStudioTV:

In addressing the emotional act, Manziel said he simply needs to let the trash talk of the professional game slide off his shoulders:

“I get words exchanged throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week, and I should’ve been smarter,” Manziel said. “It was a `Monday Night Football’ game and cameras were probably solid on me, and I just need to be smarter about that. … It’s there, and it’s present every game, and I just need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play.”

On the other hand, Pettine was not happy about Manziel’s actions, noting that the intensely scrutinized QB will have to learn some poise:

“It does not sit well,” Pettine said. “It’s disappointing, because what we talk about is being poised and being focused. … That’s a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback.”

The rookie head coach has a good point, as Manziel has been criticized extensively for his party-animal lifestyle, something that apparently spilled over onto the field. Can he put his immaturity away and lead the Browns to the top of the AFC North?

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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