Note: On NNR today Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I discussed the Browns Bengals game, Johnny Manziel’s play and the coaches that may be on the hot seat. The podcast is on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.
Something that missed nearly everyone’s notice was how much the Johnny Manziel offense by Kyle Shanahan looked very much like the offense that he and his father put in for Robert Griffin. In fact, the read option was something that Manziel never used in Texas A&M.
There was a rumor that the Wednesday installation practice went terribly wrong. If practice went that badly, what would make the coaching staff have any confidence that the game would go better? The answer is they knew that Johnny was doomed to fail.
I have to begin to wonder if Kyle is in over his head without the loving embrace of his father as his boss. In Cleveland Kyle is on his own. He used the RG3 offense because he couldn’t design an O that would fit Johnny.
It was ugly beyond words. But it was only one bad game. It is far too soon to decide if Johnny Manziel can play or not. The next two games will give the coaches and GM a better view of his abilities. If he looks better in those games, fine.
But regardless the Browns should try to sign Brian Hoyer to a contract between a low end starter and back up money. He won’t get many offers due to the last several games performances. So he may be interested.
In addition the Browns must draft a QB in the 3rd or 4th round. That would give them an option should Johnny not pan out. I don’t want to even contemplate what the 2015 season would look like if the O played like it did Sunday. “With the first pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Browns select…”
That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.
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