Cleveland Browns Should Stop Playing Games, Name Johnny Manziel the Starter

By Vinny Lanni
Johnny Manziel
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Call him Johnny Manziel, Johnny Football, whatever nickname that seems fit, but one thing Manziel should be called is the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.

The NFL‘s new polarizing figure is going to be the talk of the town for the rest of the 2014 season, but if the Browns name him the starter, they don’t need to worry about the inevitable media circus. Following his performance against the Detroit Lions, Money Manziel — there is another nickname to add to the list — made it known to the rest of the league that he isn’t just here to party and have fun — he’s here to win.

I believe if the Browns bypass Manziel and name Brian Hoyer their starting Week 1 quarterback, then all they are doing is prolonging the inevitable. It’s not a matter of if Manziel is going to play this season, but a matter of when. The Browns already announced that Mr. Football is their Week 2 preseason starter and after he plays well again, I expect him to take the opportunity and run with it.

After the news of Manziel struggling in training camp, all of his haters were sitting back and saying “I told you so,” but when the light came on Saturday night and Manziel did what he did best — play football — he proved why he was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. I could back up his name with some flashy stats and give him more reason why he should be named the starter, but the NFL is about winning and Manziel did a pretty good job of that in college.

What do the Browns have to lose by naming Manziel the starter?

The worst that can happen is that they lose a few games and it proves to Manziel that he still has a long way to go before he can be a successful quarterback in this league. It’s not like the Browns are going to be Super Bowl contenders anytime soon, so why not give him a chance to learn the game on the fly and throw him right into the fire?

I mean, Manziel loves the spotlight and the attention, so if he does struggle it’s not like that he can’t handle the backlash that he might receive. I’m all in on Johnny Cash and I’m ready to see him bring some excitement to a Browns team that desperately needs it.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for He also adds to the site’s NBA, MLB and NFL content. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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