Brownie has fallen and he can’t get up.

Brownie Down

Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I discussed the Browns Bills game, the possible change at QB and the other games of the week. The podcast is on

The biggest issue facing the Browns is which QB to start. Yesterday I suggested that they should start Johnny Manziel in my editorial “It is time for the Browns to change QBs” right here on

Without a true test of what Manziel can do, the Browns will go into 2015 trusting the season to him. Given the poor performance of Brian Hoyer over the last 3 weeks, the team has little choice. Manziel may give the Browns the best chance to win. Regardless, the team is not going anywhere in the playoffs even if they get in.

Hoyer is not going to sign a low ball deal with the Browns unless he is guaranteed the starting job. The Browns can not afford to do that. As a result Hoyer is likely to leave.

The team risks all of the 2015 season unless they give the rest of the season to him. The Browns face 2 division foes including the Ravens game on the road and two other good defenses. While a 4 game test is not optimum it will give them a decent view of how Manziel performs in real games.

It isn’t much but it is better than nothing. And nothing is what the Browns will go into the 2015 draft without watching Manziel in real games.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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