(The Columbus Dispatch) – Johnny Manziel, who is done for the season because of a hamstring injury, vowed yesterday to take his job more seriously but also said it would be a mistake for the Cleveland Browns not to make him their quarterback of the future.
“I don’t think it would be fair to give up on somebody after seven quarters of football,” he said. “If that’s what they intended on me coming in here doing, just giving them seven quarters, giving them a couple games and then looking somewhere else, I don’t feel like that’s a lot of commitment and sticking with somebody.”
Coach Mike Pettine said last week that the Browns would have doubts about Manziel even if he hit it out of the park the final two games, and a “ton of doubts” if he didn’t play well because of the small sample size.
Now, the Browns have only six quarters of bad starting football on which to evaluate Manziel and will continue to explore every possible option at quarterback in the offseason, including the top prospects in the draft, such as Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. They have two first-round picks again.