Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel played terribly in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
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In the aftermath of Cleveland Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel’s terrible performance that resulted in a Browns shutout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the former Heisman winner said he would not chalk his performance up to mere rookie struggles.
“I’m not using the rookie excuse. It’s not me. Yeah, I’m a rookie but that’s out the window. I needed to play better,” Manziel said. “I felt coming into today that I was absolutely prepared for today. Being out there, I never felt overwhelmed or that it was too much for me, but when it comes down to it, football is football. You need to make more plays than the other team and you need to play better than the other team and today I didn’t do that.”
Manziel could only lead the Browns to five first downs and a pitiful 107 yards of total offense. He went 10 of 18 for 80 yards and was sacked 3 times for 26 yards – giving the team a net of only 54 passing passing yards.
The Browns drafted Manziel No. 22 overall in the 2014 NFL draft, but the team decided to name QB Brian Hoyer the starter for the season. Hoyer led the team to a 7-4 record before two losses pushed them to the brink of playoff elimination. Head coach Mike Pettine decided to make the change at QB and give Manziel the start, but it did not help – the Browns are now 7-7 and are one Steelers or Ravens win away from playoff elimination.