Johnny Manziel Gets His Number Called
Well the time came when Brown’s coaches had enough of Brian Hoyer’s sub-par play. After the second interception thrown by Hoyer, Brown’s coaches called Johnny Manziel’s number to to take the field in the following series. And I feel it was perfect timing.
Manziel’s first play from scrimmage was a roll out to his right were he kept the ball for a 3 yard gain. Next play Johnny hits Miles Austin for a 12 yard gain. Up next, he whizzes a pass to Josh Gordon for a pick up of 19 yards. The chains just kept moving and you can sense the excitement in the air that Johnny Manziel brings to a football team. Manziel fires a pass down field to Jim Dray that just squeaked passed the defender for a big gain. It was then, with the ball at the Buffalo Bills 11 yard line, Johnny Manziel drops back to pass, looks at his options, and checks down to himself for a 11 yard TD scramble.
The Cleveland Brown’s next possession was not as glamorous to say the least. Johnny scrambled and shuffled a pass to Terrance West for a short gain. Then on an errant snap and handle by Manziel, he then tries to throw the ball away and fumbles it into the end zone for buffalo to recover for what was then an apparent TD fumble recovery. But from what I have seen from #2 thus far (which isn’t much), this kid gets lucky in the oddest circumstances. And luck would have it again, as the referees ruled that it was an incomplete pass with the Brown’s now facing a 4th and 6. Manziel throws a completed pass to Miles Austin about a yard short of the first down marker. With time running out, Manziel hands off to Terrance West to run out the clock. Now everyone wonders how much offense could have happen sooner in the game with Manziel under center.
The truth of the matter is that in the last 9 quarters Brian Hoyer had not thrown a TD and has had 5 interceptions. I really do like the Brian Hoyer’s story, average QB with high intelligence, gets a starting QB job in his hometown after being a career backup. He put up some average numbers with the worst completion percentage in the NFL. Many people including myself, felt like we should just continue to start him since they were winning. I know for a fact that was Mike Pettines‘ thoughts as Hoyer was adding to his winning record as a rookie NFL coach. However, today was a testament that the Browns coaches are ready to see how good or bad they can be with their number 2 pick in the draft.
Should be very interesting to see what the Browns do moving forward with the rest of the season. Some will say their chances to make the playoffs with Hoyer behind center (even with his horrible stats) are better then if Johnny Football leads the team. Brian Hoyer is capitalizing on the emotional ride he provides the team with his grittiness to win even with lackluster performances as a QB. But will emotions be enough to win games against teams that have good defenses like the Buffalo Bills, I think not.