Today marks Johnny Manziel’s first start at Quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and I must say I’m a bit nervous about the whole thing. That’s not to say that I’m not excited to see Manziel’s and his big play ability and I really hope he does well. From what I saw against Buffalo there was more good than bad with Manziel showing a surprising amount of poise and be able to gain a few yards on the ground when all options are closed. This is going to be critical in the Redzone with the Browns cutting Kicker Billy Cundiff and signing former New Orleans Kicker Garrett Hartley his place after Cundiff missed a field goal in each of the last five games. Cundiff who was a Pro bowler in 2010 but may have difficulty finding another job after being so inaccurate of late and with his age. Hartley made 82% of attempts with the Saints but may have difficulty transitioning to the blustery Lake Erie weather after playing in a dome. The plus with Manziel over Hoyer is the movement I that opens up the read option game and allow s some plays when nobodys open.
Manziel in preseason against the Lions
On the other side of the coin you can’t forget the Tuck rule/Touchdown fumble that happened in the last minute of the game. On a miscommunication between Manziel and centre Ryan Seymour in both their first starts Manziel recovered the ball but fumbled it after a hit by Kyle Williams which should have been ruled a Touchdown but got reversed and was ruled an incomplete pass. I don’t mind admitting that it was a TD, the bit that bothers me is the holding on to the ball part. The play is busted and the thing to do is to throw the ball away and live to see another down. You can’t always try and make the big play happen every time and he’ll need to learn that and quickly.
I hope Manziel will do well but I’m not quite solid on him yet.