Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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Roughly another week has passed us by and, as expected, the Browns have given us plenty of things to rant about. This week’s wag of the finger goes yet again to the upper management and ownership over at the old Factory of Sadness. But what triggered this week’s rage? That’s right, Johnny Manziel admitting himself to rehab.
Without further ado…here we go…
Matt Shock – The Browns piss me off because they were stupid enough to draft Johnny Manziel in the first place. I seriously considered divorcing this team when they drafted this clown, and now, with 20/20 hindsight on my side, I’m certain that I should have.
Yes, I get it that Jimmy Haslam was extremely high on this guy. Yes, I get it that some homeless guy came to him and said to draft the young lad. But Haslam was dumb enough to go through with it! It’s not like this is Wayne’s World 2 where some weird guy comes to you in a dream, introduces you to Jim Morrison, and it all turns out perfectly. (Wait, that’s not even a good metaphor, because Haslam just decided to ask the weird Indian for advice and never made it to Jim Morrison...but I digress).
I get it, I really do. Somebody in the bowels of Cleveland Browns Stadium (yes, I know the real name) saw something in this guy in the hours and hours of game film that they had on him. That guy then did his duty and told the rest of the staff about it. That’s all well and good, but what happened to the part about taking a player’s negative attributes into consideration?
It’s not like we didn’t have a mountain of evidence to suggest that this guy was almost a sure fire disaster waiting to happen. I’m mean really…who could’ve seen this one coming? This guy’s college career looked like a rough cut of The Wolf of Wall Street (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit there) and you just thought that he’d walk down the straight and narrow once you gave him a pile of money and no supervision at all? Give me a break!
Now sure, Manziel isn’t the first Browns quarterback to have a bit of a drinking problem, but at least old Bernie waited until he got to the broadcast booth before he started coming to work drunk out of his mind.
In all seriousness, I hope Johnny Manziel can get his life turned around. I really do. It’s a big step for somebody to admit they have a problem, but it’s an even bigger step to commit to dealing with that problem. He’s fallen back into old habits before. Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen again this time.
Matthew Ruskan - The Browns piss me off because they look for the quick fix and then are disappointed when the high doesn't last. In case they have not figured it out yet, just drafting a quarterback in the first round is not going to solve all of this team’s problems. That guy is going to be a rookie and rookies most likely are not going to be supermen.
Now, I’m going to disagree with Shock a little here. I think the Browns took Johnny Manziel at the right spot. The issue was, and here Shock is right, that the Browns somehow thought he was going to calm down just because he was in the NFL. This is somewhat akin to thinking that Congress is going to sit down and sing Kumbaya together and all be friends.
I did, however, watch a decent amount of Manziel in college and I think he has game breaking ability, somewhat like Russell Wilson. But he is a project, and the Browns did not realize this.
What really worries me are the reports out of the locker room that the veterans have no respect for Johnny. Ignore what Haden and Dansby are saying, because it does not matter what the D says in terms of what goes on in the offensive huddle. Johnny needs to prove he can dedicate himself to being an NFL quarterback if he wants to make use of his God given talent.
I have a lot of respect for Manziel. Not many guys can admit that they need rehab. Regardless of football, I hope his rehab is a success for his own life. In terms of the Browns, I think he could be the quarterback that ends that famous jersey, but the Browns need to throw their support behind a guy and quit talking about drafting Marcus Mariota. When the Browns do that, that quarterback (whoever he may be) can take the Browns places, not because of his own talent, but because of the system and pieces around him. Then and only then will the Browns join that big dance just after New Year’s day.