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Old 12-09-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12...innati-bengals

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his first career start this week against the Cincinnati Bengals, sources confirmed to ESPN.

The Browns informed Manziel and Brian Hoyer, who has started Cleveland's first 13 games this season, of their decision, sources confirmed.

Browns coach Mike Pettine indicated that he was leaning toward a quarterback change during his press conference Monday, one day after Hoyer struggled in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Manziel replaced an ineffective Hoyer against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 30 and orchestrated an 80-yard touchdown drive, completing three of his first four passes for 54 yards.

Pettine was impressed with that drive but also acknowledged that the Bills were playing a prevent defense and the sequence wasn't a true test of what Manziel might have faced against Indianapolis.

Hoyer has orchestrated just one touchdown drive in his last 29 series, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Hoyer played well to start the year and led the Browns to a 7-4 record but has struggled mightily the last five games.

Hoyer finished Sunday's 25-24 loss to the Colts by completing 14 of his 31 pass attempts for 140 yards and two interceptions.

The Browns selected Manziel, 21, with the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft out of Texas A&M, where he won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman in 2012.
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:09 PM   #2
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Lewis apologizes for calling Johnny Manziel a “midget”



appearantly midgets were offended...

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ziel-a-midget/

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Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis called Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel a “midget” in a radio interview Monday when asked if the Browns quarterback decision would affect how the Bengals prepared for this week’s game in Cleveland.

It didn’t take long for Lewis to offer up an apology for the statement.

According to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Lewis issued an apology Monday night for the comment.

“I apologize to Johnny and the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland,” Lewis said. “It was just a poor remark. I really didn’t mean anything by it.”

Lewis answered the question by saying they wouldn’t change their strategy based on which quarterback is expected to play.

“You’ll get a little bit more movement if Manziel’s the quarterback, the thing that they did against Buffalo. But other than that, no, that doesn’t impact you at all. You gotta go defend the offense. You don’t defend the player.”

Lewis paused, then added: “Particularly a midget.”

Lewis was likely just trying to add a moment of levity to the interview and just made a poor choice of words, since the term “midget” is generally considered to be insensitive to people of smaller stature.
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Maybe he meant mental midget.
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Cleveland more or less played this situation perfectly.

Hoyer nearly helped them to a playoff spot and now Manziel has a chance to 'save their season'.

There's still a strong possibility that Manziel washes out, be it now or later, but at least the Browns didn't let the situation become such a distraction that it derailed not only their season, but their promising future.
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I wonder what happed to Hoyer. He seemed serviceable earlier in the season.
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I wonder what happed to Hoyer. He seemed serviceable earlier in the season.
The Browns O has been struggling since losing their Center Alex Mack.
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It's okay, Lewis knows a midget. He actually bought him tickets for a slow boat ride to Mexico.
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Need Manziel to come through for us.

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I'd love nothing more than to see Suggs and Dumervil have a field day against Johnny Football. You know you'd all love to see that as well.
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I'd love nothing more than to see Suggs and Dumervil have a field day against Johnny Football. You know you'd all love to see that as well.
probably will happen, i don't see a rookie qb having much success against that ravens d
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