Johnny Manziel will begin the NFL season as a backup quarterback. Brian Hoyer has been named the starter by Cleveland Browns head coach, Mike Pettine. Most rookie quarterbacks do not start the first game of their first NFL season, and Johnny Manziel will be no different. Unlike the trend of the past few seasons which has seen Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck start immediately, Manziel will have an opportunity to learn from Hoyer and fellow backup Rex Grossman before stepping into a regular season NFL game.
The Browns have started 20 different quarterbacks since they rejoined the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1999. In that time, the Browns have burned through quarterbacks of virtually every quarterback style and skill set. Before the 2014 NFL Draft, the Browns spent over $100,000 on an advanced study of the quarterback position, and what qualities make up a successful NFL quarterback. The results of this study found that Teddy Bridgewater was the best quarterback in this year’s draft. Even though Bridgewater was still available, the Browns drafted Johnny Football with the 22nd pick.
During his Heisman Trophy winning collegiate career, Johnny Football dazzled fans and frustrated opposing coaches and defenses. His ability to salvage broken plays with excellent awareness and mobility has led to comparisons to Michael Vick and Steve Young. If Manziel lives up to either of those comparisons, his career will have been a success. Brian Hoyer will be under a lot of pressure to succeed immediately. Should Hoyer falter, Johnny Football will be ready to step in and take the starting job. This is why he will succeed.
10 Manziel Has Jordan Cameron as an Escape Route
9 The Browns Have an Easy Schedule
8 Mike Pettine Has Experience With Rookie QBs
7 The Browns Defensive Secondary Will help Make Him Better
6 Josh Gordon is one of the Elite Weapons in the NFL
5 Manziel Excels at Throwing on the Run
4 Lebron James’ LRMR Give Him Solid Management
3 Ben Tate Will Lighten Johnny’s Workload
2 Manziel is a Big Game Player
1 He’s Johnny Football
Johnny Football is one of the greatest nicknames currently in sports. He is undeniably entertaining, yet sometimes attracts attention for the wrong reasons. He brings an individual identity that is rarely seen in the NFL. Manziel possesses several key intangible traits that make will make him a good quarterback. Perhaps most important of those traits is his confidence. Johnny Football’s bravado will allow him to persevere in the face of his many detractors. He has been a success at every level in his football career. He has a foundation of supporters on an off the field that are rooting for him to succeed. When he is inevitably given his opportunity to shine, he will succeed.
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