Odds That The Johnny Manziel Era Starts In Cleveland On Sunday: High
The Browns were clearly on the fence about turning to incumbent starter and veteran Brian Hoyer against the Colts on Sunday, and for good reason -- his decent start to the year had devolved into unarguably poor play over the previous four games (one touchdown against six picks). But it was the right decision to go with him over the rookie, Johnny Manziel. It was just too big a risk to put the game, and possibly the season, on Manziel's shoulders.
Well, Hoyer returned that vote of confidence with 140 yards and two interceptions to go with zero touchdowns as the Browns lost. So it appears the Browns will turn to their 600th quarterback in the last 20 seasons when they play the Bengals at home on Sunday, according to one NFL insider:
Had a source connected to the Browns QB decision estimate there is a 99% chance Manziel starts Sun. Maybe even 99.5%
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 8, 2014
Those are pretty good odds. Couple that with Mary Kay Cabot's article that quotes coach Mike Pettine as saying "it's natural to lean the other way" and Manziel as starter is all but officially confirmed. That decision should come tomorrow, as the starter will practice with the first team on Wednesday.
We'd feel bad if Hoyer hadn't gotten a chance to keep his job, but he got a longer leash than anyone really expected coming into this season. Sorry dude. Money Manziel time!
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