The Cleveland Browns Make Another Bad Decision

Nov 30, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-180374 ORIG FILE ID:  20141130_ads_al9_265.JPG

Johnny Manziel has been called a lot of things. One thing he hasn’t been called is a mature young man.

But Manziel deserves a chance to start this week against Oakland. That’s not going to happen as Cleveland coach Mike Pettine already has named Josh McCown the starter. McCown has recovered from a concussion he suffered opening week.

The Raiders have lost 12 consecutive road games. That string extends to 15 in a row when they play in the Eastern Time Zone.
Pettine trusts the 36-year-old veteran McCown to take care of the ball better than Manziel. I understand that. Pettine needs all the wins he can get with his job likely on the line. McCown is worth a half to one-point more on the betting line than Manziel.

I find Pettine’s decision short-sighted, though.

The Browns drafted Manziel in the first round last season. Supposedly he’s more mature. Manziel made several big plays to help beat the Titans last week.

Manziel can make plays that McCown, who is near the end of the line, can only dream about. Manziel can escape pressure not curl into a fetal position like McCown does when he sees pass rushers in his face.

It’s not like the Browns are going anywhere this season. They may not be favorites in a game the rest of the season.

Cleveland needs to give Manziel game experience every week. The Browns need to find out if Manziel has what it takes to be a quality starting quarterback. This just gives him one less opportunity.

Written by Stephen Nover of

Which NFL QB would you want for the next 10 years:

Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles?
From the draft this year, we saw some names pop up that got great recognition early on, and we saw names pop out of nowhere later. Johnny Manziel has very good arm strength, loaded up with the natural athletic tools that can potentially become a danger in the NFL. He slings the ball with ease, but, right now it’s very hard to consider him a serious QB in the NFL. Saying things like he needs to ‘take this more seriously’, isn’t helping the cause for him at this point. Granted, if getting his game together, he does have the effortless arm strength to chuck the ball up and down the field. He can make all the throws, using odd angles and straight bombs going deep.
This season Johnny has only been a sideshow for the Browns, and until the Browns decide what they really have out of him, I question if he will be doing much in his career. Johnny is going to be watching, and waiting, unless he gets his act together. We know that his feet are game-changing, he can make people miss with his massive acceleration and explosive cuts to make defenders miss. He can move around and dodge with his instinctive-like athleticism to out-run defenders. Obviously, we know all about Manziel having the great mobility, and his danger to defenses when he is on the run with the constant threat to keep it himself or pass the ball. He also has the nifty ability to dodge tacklers in the pocket and chuck one that goes deep down the field for a big completion. He also is a tough kid, who is not afraid to finish a run. Which could also be a concern. He had proven his onfield leadership skills at the college level, so he was mentally tough, at that point.
What I also question for Johnny is his ability to go through his progressions. Looking off defenders, finding his 3rd option when need be, after 1 and 2 are not open, he then tends to move and dance, and scramble. Can he then make the oooh and ahhh play, yes, but can he also get himself into a heap of problems with that, yes. Only time will tell with that. He also has the tendency at times to release the ball while off-balance, which can potentially cause the ball placement to end up in a very tough place to make the grab, which brings to light the possibility that maybe his WRs in college helped him more than many may have thought. We saw that this year with his heave into the endzone vs Cinncinatti that got picked off, and was a terrible decision, welcome to the NFL Johnny.
He needs to focus on football, not the celebrity lifestyle, remember Matt Lienert, I do.
Teddy Bridgewater, this year has been a great shining spot for the Vikings that has been proven already like his very strong games vs the Jets and Miami, both top ended defensive teams. In 2011, he was amazing and seemingly came out of nowhere, being named the Big East Rookie of the Year. That season in college Teddy Bridgewater completed 65% of his passes for 2,129 YDs and 14 TDs. Also compiling 265 YDs on the ground running along with 4 TDs as well. He has a mental toughness that doesn’t waiver. He has patient dedication and an internal relentlessness that makes him push himself. He has the smarts and has shown the strong ability to read defenses prior to the snap, which his quick release has shown, and his patience. With his pocket awareness and being able to feel the rush, he has been a very nice find for Minnesota this season.
Teddy has shown an easy and very natural throwing motion when finding his targets. And completing 64.4% of his passes for the Vikes. He has had a soft touch on intermediate throws, and throwing the vertical pass, he had improved greatly, throughout the season, to say the least. He has been as impressive as any rookie QB in the league this season. He has been showing a quick set-up and release, and always places the ball so that his receivers can run after the catch and continue onward and get more yards. With his strong arm he whips the ball with velocity and the soft touch to make any throw. He shows the courage to throw the tough passes even when there are defenders in close proximity to his targets.
Teddy can run and is mobile enough to run when he needs to, 209 and a TD this year. But don’t compare him to running QB’s like Cam, Teddy uses his feet to move through the pocket, not to run. So can he exploit defenses with his feet, yes. Can he read defenses and set up teammates for success, he can do that also. He is smaller, and has suffered some injuries this year, but I think that he is smart enough to learn how to avoid certain situations and to take himself out of harms way if possible in the future.
Blake Bortles who has been the prototypical rookie QB for the Jags this year with 2908 YDs, 11 TDs and his 58.9% passing completion pct has been decent. He still obviously needs to continue his development as a pocket passer. He has the tendency to be hit or miss where he has the games like his 14-33 passing game vs Houston and games like 32-46 and 336 vs the Titans, when he fires the ball.
He may not throw the prettiest ball in the game, and has sometimes, struggled with late delivery.
Playing best when he feels protected in the pocket, and has some time to step into his throws and deliver. He obviously has the perfect NFL-caliber frame at 6-5 and 230, and does have the arm to make every throw that is needed. He is bottom line, a classic drop-back passer with some limited mobility. He has also shown he isn’t afraid to make some challenging throws through tight windows, even with receiving targets like Cecil Shorts and rookie Allen Hurns who, at this point, are neither top receivers on most teams. And getting Denard Robinson involved he has shown some good touch to loft passes out to his backfield as well. Bortles has the skill set to be a good starter in the NFL. Maybe he doesn’t have the cannon for an arm, but he has a good enough arm to make the throws. Blake will be an NFL starter for his career, in my opinion.
While playing in a pro-style offense in Louisville, with far less weapons around him, Teddy is going to be the real deal. He also came in with the availability of some pretty solid offensive weapons around him in Minnesota, and with Norv Turner calling the shots, he will continue to coach up this kid to very high levels. And being that he has been able to make a lot of pre-snap calls and adjustments, in college, he will eventually be a guy in the huddle who makes calls and knows what needs to be done, and had done so this year, at times. Teddy Bridgewater is undoubtedly the best quarterback, from these 3, in my eyes. He has a far higher ceiling with regard to success in the NFL, and I believe he has just begun his career in the NFL. He will be a QB who will make a difference. Bridgewater has slipped into the Vikes system with ease throwing for 2919 YDs, 14 TDs, and 6 wins for his team this season.
I look for him to, by far, have the most successful NFL career of the aforementioned rookie QBs.

Johnny Manziel is the quarterback that’s ready for the NFL

2012 Heisman Trophy Presentation

Johnny Manziel is coming off of one of the most intriguing seasons in college history. With 4114 yards passing, 37 TD passes, rushing the ball for 759 yards and 9 scores as well. for a whopping total of 46 TDs this season for Texas A&M. His numbers at Texas A&M place him in the WOW category as far as collegiate athletes go. Winning the Heisman trophy in 2012 after a phenomenal freshman season, where he took everyone by storm. Finalizing his career at Texas A&M with 7820 YDs, 63 TDs to 22 INTs, and of course the 30 more rushing TDs. And a 69% completion passer as well.

He played excellent against some of the best competition as well. Putting up numbers that most other QBs would love to have had half the success against. His game vs Auburn when he was spectacular, putting up 454 in the air, and 5 total TDs in a heart-breaker, where his defense let him down again. Manziel put up astounding numbers against top SEC competition, where as most struggled vs the best conference in college football.

He can be abrasive and hard to deal with at times, with an arrogance, that many feel almost intolerable. And i understand the aggravation and frustration with it, no one likes the big mouth kid coming in, who hasn’t done anything at the pro level yet, talking like he is going to set the league on fire.

But is he?

Some can also say he carries with himself a load of confidence. maybe more than deserved at this super early stages of his “what is to be a career” but ask yourself another question. Do you want a guy coming in not feeling that he is the man to lead your team? Do you want him unsure if he can handle the NFL? Honestly, I want a guy who says, “jump on my back boys, I’m going to get us there.”

Manziel seems to already have a chip on his shoulders, wanting to make teams pay if they pass on him. Good. make GMs and teams question once, twice, even five or six times, what they are going to do. Are they making a huge mistake if they don’t take the kid. Or are they saving their franchise by not?

Manziel recently stated, that he wants to be the first rookie to win super bowl. Marvelous. Come in letting your future team know, you are not here for ticket sales, you’re not here for hoopla. You are here in the NFL to win a championship. That’s what a fan wants to hear.

I think he has superior footwork in the pocket, with his scrambling and zipping and dodging wold be tacklers and all angles. Some believe he doesn’t quite have the arm strength in the pocket to make all the throws around the field needed of an NFL quarterback. I think his arm is good enough to make it in the NFL.

He has a “never count me out” attribute about him, where it’s simple to dislike him, but also leaves you shaking your head in either amazement, or because what he just did against your team.

Expectations are going to come in relatively shaky for Manziel. In particular with him flying off his mouth letting teams know he is more than ready for the NFL game. What he will do is anybody’s guess. I personally anticipate good things, if not great. Manziel has the talent, the tools, the intangibles, and the uncanny “it” factor. Where in the back of your mind, you cant help but always think a team is still in it when he is out there on the field.

He most certainly can be the solution for a team. I think the best spot for him to land would be in Houston. With the Texans running the offense, the way they do, Manziel could stand out in that atmosphere. he would play 6 games vs his division opponents, who were not very good overall against the pass, so he would get some time to evolve even a little more. And he would sell crazy tickets, coming from a Texas school, and with his ability to create big plays out of nothing, having a good defense and Andre Johnson and future breakout star, DeAndre Hopkins to chuck the ball to doesn’t hurt. Oh yea, and then they also have a 1500 YD rusher, Arian Foster. He is easily the most awaited quarterback to enter the NFL in this years draft class.

It’s not whether Manziel is ready for the NFL. It’s is the NFL ready for Manziel? Houston will regret it, if they don’t take him and its not looking like they will.

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Is the 2014 QB draft class the best ever?

Johnny Football

This years draft class coming up for the heralded franchise QB is frothing at the edge of anticipation. The draft this year is months away still, but for teams that aren’t in the playoffs, this is a very sober issue to be looking at in particular if your team happens to lack that special guy behind the center.

There will be 4 QBs going in the 1st round this year, guaranteed, and possibly, in my opinion maybe 5.

Teams that are all in dire need of a QB to help them get to the next level, will be studying, to try and and bring their franchises some winning and excitement.

The utter importance of the QB position has always been so key to a teams success that drafting one has been known to say, “makes or breaks your team” or can set your team backwards 10 years if you draft the wrong guy. True? Maybe, but devastating when you miss on the QB you are hoping for, absolutely.

With all the recent success the young QBs coming into the league have had, it’s a terrible expectation for these kids to have walking into the NFL. But it is what it is. The old 3 year or 30 game tryout before knowing what you have seem to be as old school as tackling (remember that in football?) There are no more developing them for the future in their rookie year and then keep them around to learn, on the roster as the backup or even 3rd stringer.

The kids coming out this year all have ample windows, and even bigger expectations this year for their franchises that decide to draft them. Let’s take a brief look at them, in no particular order.

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville. Bridgewater threw for 3,970 yards and 31 touchdowns, while completing 71% of his passes. And keeps his eyes downfield. Tough kid, even though very lanky, showing toughness to bounce back up, even after getting drilled.

Blake Bortles, Central Florida. Bortles to me is a surprise here, in the fact that, he was way better than I thought. Some speculating he has the highest chance of success of any QB in the ’14 class. He has a good size at 6-4 and a 230. He can run the ball well as well, giving him that dual ability. And he just throws a really nice football, with some extra spice on it.

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M. Johnny Football is absolutely one of the most energizing college football players in modern history. He has extraordinary mobility, avoiding what seems like everyone at anytime on the field. he is a highlight waiting to happen. He has great takeoff speed, bailing when needed. And has improved as a pocket passer also.

Derek Carr, Fresno State. Wow, out of nowhere, he finished the season with 50 td passes. And amazing accuracy as well at 69%. He was the only QB to throw for more than 5,000 yards, with that kind of passing quality. He is another with a big body, a powerful arm, and is able to launch the ball all over the field. An excellent pocket passer, with big anticipations.

Also keep an eye out for Zach Mettenberger from LSU, who I also feel could be a solid NFL product.

It’s going to be great, as always, GMs have better do their homework to make sure they hit  on these kids.


Written by TonyK of VegasTopDogs.

Or are they all going to be successful?

Saturday Preview: Alabama at Texas A&M

It’s the most anticipated game of the season and one Alabama has been looking forward to since last November as the Tide visit Texas A&M on Saturday. It’s likely to be the toughest game on Alabama’s regular-season schedule as it looks to win a third straight national title. ESPN GameDay will be on hand and the game is also the most expensive regular season college football game ever per ticket prices. Bama is a 7.5-point favorite on WagerWeb [1]. Johnny Manziel essentially won the Heisman Trophy on Nov. 10, 2012, when the Aggies went into Tuscaloosa and stunned No. 1 Alabama 29-24. Manziel staked the 15th-ranked Aggies to a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Texas A&M held on. Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92, confounding the Tide defense with his ability to keep plays alive as the Aggies scored the game’s first 20 points. AJ McCarron nearly pulled off a scintillating comeback. He threw one touchdown pass and motored the ball downfield before Deshazor Everett stepped in front of his fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left. It was one of three Tide turnovers.

The Aggies had been 1-10 against top-ranked teams with the only previous win coming 30-26 over Oklahoma in 2002. Some people have explained the loss as one of three reasons: The Crimson Tide had just come off an emotionally draining comeback victory at rival LSU. Perhaps they weren’t completely ready for the offensive pace of Texas A&M. Maybe they took the Southeastern Conference newcomers a bit lightly. Texas A&M enters this game with a 2-0 record, having beaten Rice and Sam Houston State by an average of 58.5 points. Last time out, the Aggies accumulated 714 yards of total offense, which tied for the fourth-most in program history. Manziel has thrown for 520 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for another 55 and one touchdown this season. He missed the first half of the Rice game. Alabama recorded three non-offensive touchdowns in its season opener against Virginia Tech, marking the first time the Crimson Tide has done so in a game since Sept. 30, 1995, against Georgia. Christian Jones got the Tide on the board first with a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown and then went 94 yards on a kickoff return in the second quarter. Vinnie Sunseri scored the first touchdown of his career with a 38-yard interception return. The Tide were off last week.

Alabama has proven tough to beat when winning the turnover battle since the start of the 2008 season. The Crimson Tide is 41-0 in that time when the Tide has fewer turnovers than its opponents. WagerWeb trends: Aggies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games. Aggies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September. Aggies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. Aggies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. Crimson Tide are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games in September. Crimson Tide are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.

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