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Johnny Manziel just does not listen. He was given the keys to the Browns, limited as that vehicle may be, and promised he would not embarrass the team. Then he did exactly what he promised not to do—embarrassed the team.
I do not believe that Manziel is capable of being a franchise, or even NFL quality, starter. But even if was the 2nd coming of Otto Graham, I would not have drafted him because of his attitude. The problem is that he will never have the work ethic that it takes to become an NFL quality QB.
Just after he was drafted, he told the world that he would live his life the way he wanted. Then after playing in a couple of games including a shutout against the Bengals he admitted he did not take studying the play book seriously enough.
I applauded him for checking into a rehab clinic over the off season. But then we got to this week. Once again he proved that anyone that trusted him is a fool. Those that say he never got a chance are wrong. He got his chance and then decided that it was not important enough to stay in Cleveland and work on his craft. He has no one to blame but himself.
Will he ever get another chance? Probably because some coach will think he is the one that can get Manziel under control. That coach will be wrong. There is no fixing what is wrong with Manziel. If the game is not important enough to get him to focus on getting better, he will never be more than a “never was.” He might even get into a game or two with the Browns this year. The history of the team indicates that they go through 2 or 3 QBs each season.
I hope that Manziel will get his life together. Often a single rehab is not enough to solve an addiction. But regardless of what he does from this point on he should be traded or cut by the Browns. That would be the best thing for the team and a shock to Manziel that might get him to become serious about his play.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.
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Why the Browns can't trust Johnny Manziel. by Bill Smith