How much time does Johnny Manziel have to win the Browns’ starting quarterback job before they move on? That’s one of the major questions facing a Cleveland team trying to escape the AFC North cellar.
Manziel and Josh McCown will compete for the starting job in training camp, with McCown considered the favorite to win it. If Manziel is just a backup quarterback again in 2015, will the Browns remain patient, or give up on him after just two NFL seasons?
Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther told ESPN.com that the Browns could be rewarded if they give Manziel time to develop.
“I don’t see any reason why he can’t do it up here,” Guenther said. “(Manziel) was such a high profile guy out of college and everyone expected what he did at Texas A & M, but it’s a man’s game, it’s a lot different, and it takes time. You have to take your lumps a little bit.”http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13163965/johnny-manziel-cleveland-browns-emulate-drew-brees-says-cincinnati-bengals-defensive-coordinator-paul-guenther
Considering the Browns’ struggles over the past decade, it’s asking a lot for their fans, coaching staff, and front office to be patient. Manziel was a first-round pickin 2014, which means he was drafted to be a starter. If he never becomes a starter, then the Browns made another mistake.
The Ravens face the Browns in Week 5 and in Week 12. Whether the Ravens ever see Manziel under center remains to be seen.