It’s been a while since I have been on the blog, took care of some personal things, & thank you all very much for your patience & support. That said, back to business.
The win or loss doesn’t make one bit of difference – but the main story in the game was that Johnny Manziel started to live up to the hype that has been bestowed upon him from his days at Texas A&M. Through all of the partying, all the wild photos, the dating incredibly hot women & going through them like hot butter, Manziel still had time to get the playbook down pat – & it showed against the Lions, even if it was the second team defense he was going against.
Manziel took what was given to him on a consistent basis, made smart throws, never a throw that was in danger of being intercepted, & moved the ball down the field on a regular basis. He also showed his legendary scrambling ability & unlike when quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III came into the league, Manziel got the idea of sliding very quickly.
Unless you have been living under a massive rock, you know that Manziel is competing against Bryan Hoyer for the #1 quarterback job in Cleveland, but the Browns organization has to put Manziel in as the starter. There is no question about it at this point.
Before you say that this is a knee-jerk reaction to Manziel playing well in one game against second string players, look at the big picture for Manziel as being a member of the Browns. Manziel has one of the top-selling jerseys in the league right now & he is in a position to be one of the biggest quarterbacks in the game over the next few years, as long as he doesn’t get injured, which, because of how he plays, could be an issue when he has to go up against the best of the best players in the league.
Another reason that he is so intriguing is that many people – especially men – are flat out jealous because he gets to live the life that guys either used to live or wished that they live. Yes, maybe Manziel can be a bit of a douche in his regular life, but aren’t most people in some way, shape or form? Many people can see themselves & their faults in Manziel & its a real reason that people have either come to like & respect that he is going to live his life by his rules or think that he is terrible for the NFL & he will be out of the game quickly.
No matter what happens, Manziel, on Saturday night, showed Browns fans a bit of hope, something that has been devoid in that city since 1987 & the drive & during the first set of LeBron James years with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He showed that the city of Cleveland can ride on his shoulders & he will do what he can to either throw or scramble them to a SuperBowl championship as soon as possible.
What about Hoyer though? The unwritten rule in the NFL is that you can’t lose your job to injury, but when you come in & the guy who is pushing you is poised to become one of the biggest stars in the entire NFL on & off the field – what exactly do you do? How does he combat that? He has a mediocre game against the Detroit Lions first-team players. He doesn’t really grab the brass ring & show that this job is truly his.
That bit of doubt & speculation could be exactly what Manziel needed to show what he can do & get the league ready for some Johnny Football starting week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
No matter what happens, Johnny Manziel, welcome to the wild ride that is Cleveland sports. You get to a SuperBowl, you own that city forever. Bernie Kosar who?