Johnny Manziel finally wore out his welcome in Cleveland.
The Browns released the former 2014 first round draft pick and expected franchise quarterback after two seasons with the team. Manziel's laundry list of off the field problems have been well documented, leading to multiple suspensions and demotions.
During his time on the field, while very brief, the former Heisman Trophy winner played in only 15 games (eight starts) and threw only seven passing touchdowns and one rushing score. Numbers that pale in comparison to his two years of college production, which totaled 63 touchdowns through the air and 30 on the ground.
Take that in for a moment.
It's now evident Manziel wasn't ready for the NFL. He couldn't handle the freedom, the money or the responsibility of it all. He failed with every second and third chance granted to him by an organization and city yearning for success. Even ultimate good guy Josh McCown couldn't save Manziel from self-destruction.
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Sure, the player who once thrilled college football fans with his dynamic play-making ability and "money" hand gesture is human. He's still a very young and wealthy 23-year-old unemployed person who bombed his first job in the real world.
So what's next for Johnny Football?
Maybe a team desperate for a difference-maker at quarterback takes a chance. But probably not.
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When Manziel's alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend was sent to a district attorney it may have been too much to return from. His family feared for Manziel. His agent cut all ties. And now the Browns have too.
Only time will tell if Johnny will be playing NFL football again. But before he has to try to convince an organization to take a chance on him he might want to stop convincing himself that his lifestyle is not a problem.
The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.
It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.
Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.
Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.
Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.
On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.
Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.
Take a look over the NFC landscape and try to find me a team that can compete with the Rams.
Packers? Held back by Rodgers' knee and Rodgers' coach. Saints? Might not even win their own division. Washington? Does Alex Smith really scare anyone in the playoffs?
The Rams have one of the easier paths to the Championship Round/Super Bowl that we've seen in some time. Will it likely stay that way? Probably not. But there's a difference between parity and mediocrity and right now the NFC is toeing the line HARD.
Outside the NFC's "elite", how did your team do this week?
You can take a look here and see where they landed.