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Johnny Manziel will be starting his first NFL game at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. He's barely played this season, but Manziel is still one of the hottest names in the league and his jersey has been a top-ten seller all season.More >>
Johnny Manziel will be starting his first NFL game at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. He's barely played this season, but Manziel is still one of the hottest names in the league and his jersey has been a top-ten seller all season.
No more sidelines for Johnny Manziel. Johnny Football will start in Sunday's Browns game against the Cincinnati Bengals at First Energy Stadium. The Cleveland Browns made the decision on Tuesday.
It's a decision many fans have been calling for, and finally, the Browns front office agreed.
"We've made the decision to start Johnny this week against the Bengals. This decision is really not about Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel, it is about the Cleveland Browns. We are always going to make decisions that we feel are in the best interest of the team. Brian has done everything that has been asked of him and he has done so as a true professional. It's never just any one position when a unit is not functioning at the level you'd like. We are trying to get the offense to perform at a higher level. Johnny has worked very hard to earn this opportunity and it will be very important for every member of the offense to elevate their play for us to obtain our desired result," said head coach Mike Pettine.
Manziel says he's gracious for the chance to show what he can do in the Battle of Ohio.
"I'm very appreciative of the opportunity that Coach Pettine and the coaching staff have given me to be the starter on Sunday. I've tried to spend my entire season learning what it takes to become a pro, and it's been great to watch Brian because he knows what it takes. I've prepared every week to be ready to help the team however possible, and my focus has been on improving every day. I'm very excited to get out on the field with my teammates on Sunday and to have the opportunity to make the Dawg Pound proud," said Manziel.
"Hoyer is a good quarterback, but Hoyer hasn't done anything," said Clevelander Ed Cook. "Nobody knows about Manziel until you put him in."
Chapter 2: Manziel is the "sexy" pick.
"I guess Johnny Manziel is cuter, so they can put him in I guess, for that. He is cuter. Might as well give him a chance," said Nicki Huszczo, of Cleveland.
Chapter 3: Just be Johnny baby!
"Don't worry about what nobody say about you, about the money and all that, and you're short. They don't know you. You're a rookie. Get in there and stick to your game and get us some wins," said Daniel Smith, of Lorain.
So what does Hoyer have to say about the decision?
"Although I am disappointed by coach's decision, I respect him and his choice and will be there to support Johnny. As always, I will do whatever I can to help this team win," said Hoyer.
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