Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 12/24/14

In a topic that’s been beaten to death, even on these very pages, we have something of an update. Mary Kay Cabot is reporting from sources within the Browns that they are “stunned” by Johnny Manziel’s non-stop antics during this off-season. Manziel regressed in practice after the first week of organized team activities, and some in the organization attributed it to too much jet-setting and not enough dedication to the playbook. Team officials had bought into Manziel’s pre-draft promises to tone down the partying and leave his frat-boy lifestyle back in College Station, Texas, and they’ve been stunned by his non-stop antics, sources said. I know there’s massive disagreement on this issue and how big of a deal it is. There are questions as to if what Johnny Manziel is doing is even out of the ordinary compared to his peers. Is it just that Johnny has a bigger spotlight on him? These are the things we’ve already gone round and round on as the Browns approach training camp with the rookie. If you believe the reports prove the Browns have legitimate concern, then it’s troubling. When these things are reported, however, you never truly know what the intent of the source. Maybe the Browns are leaking something like this to send a message to Manziel that party time is officially over with the start of camp. Maybe they’re simply trying to get him to be the best he can be and think this negative talk might just motivate him. Some believe that much of the chatter surrounding the team’s Week 1 starter was done with similar goal in mind. But for those like our own TD who have said, “Call me when it impacts the Browns during the regular season,” it should at least be a concern that the Browns think that Manziel has regressed in practice while simultaneously partying all over the country. The only one who could be happy with report like this has the last name, “Hoyer.”

5 Comments:
  • I've said from day 1 that he needs time with the "clipboard" in his hands. He's providing proof of that daily. He may be a good NFL quarterback, but not at this time.
  • Johnny Screwball said lets wreck this thing, Did he mean his chance in football?
  • I think it's time for him to act like a team member and do the best he can do. That is what he was drafted for. This childish partying and carrying on is for a college kid, not a supposedly pro football player. Time for him to grow up or go. Clevelanders love their sports teams but will not put up with someone like him and he better realize it FAST. We didn't draft him to be a party boy, we drafted a professional sports player, maybe someone should explain that to him. The way he is acting is one way to get the fans not to come to games. They come to see the Pro's play not college like players
  • The Browns handled him correctly - they tested what the Wunderlich couldn't MATURITY and Johnny failed - they gave him enough rope and he hung himself - he's a kid with skills if he learns to stay in his shoes and act like he's been there before he will make it
  • all you have to do is look at people he associates with on his "off" time, they have such sterling reputations.
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