Merril Hoge Eviscerates Johnny Manziel On SportsCenter
After replacing Browns' starting quarterback Josh "the human helicopter" McCown, who went down with a concussion early in Sunday's game against the Jets, Johnny Manziel drew some oohhs and ahhhs from those of us watching at home. It was extremely short lived.
Despite throwing a perfectly placed touchdown pass on his first attempt of the 2015 season, and a couple nice little scrambles on what appeared to be broken plays, Manziel wound up with three turnovers and 13 completions on 24 attempts. He looked like a high school quarterback for much of the game after showing flashes of competence early on. Sure, it's Week 1, but for those of us who watched him against an admittedly excellent Jets defense, it looked like the same old Johnny Manziel: a runner who doesn't have the head or the arm for the NFL game.
ESPN analyst Merril Hoge broke it down this morning on "SportsCenter" with some pretty scathing criticism of Manziel's fundamentals and decision making, saying the Cleveland Browns should "cut bait" with him "immediately." Yikes. Why don't you tell us how you really feel?
here's what's evident in that game. he fell back to what he trusts. his instincts. what are his instincts and you'll never change that because that's who he is? he's going to run. that's what he believed in. he won a heisman trophy for it and that's what he's going to go to when he needs it the most, when you need structure, you need discipline to come out. he's going to be erratic and reckless and run and that's never going to change. now, cincinnati, pittsburgh, and baltimore, they love the plan that cleveland is under. keep going down that plan because all you do is set your organization back one more year by babysitting and trying to get this guy as your starting quarterback. so keep doing that for the other teams but if you want to move on, cut bait, get another guy in there and go another direction immediately.
If you'll remember, Hoge was the guy who strongly favored Robert Griffin III over Andrew Luck heading into the 2012 NFL Draft, so his judgement isn't exactly impervious to criticism, but he seems adamant that, at least from an esoteric football perspective, Johnny Football ain't Johnny Pro Football.
Hot fire, below.
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