Has the Johnny Football era begun in Cleveland?

We knew this would probably happen at some point, though Brian Hoyer had made things difficult for Johnny Football fans by playing well and leading the Browns to a rare winning record. Just a month ago Hoyer led the Browns to a thrashing of the Cincinnati Bengals on national television prompting pundits like Deion Sanders to proclaim that the Browns should “pay the man.”

Things have changed. Brian Hoyer has struggled over the past several games tossing one touchdown pass against five interceptions. Then today against the Buffalo Bills the Browns only had three points after three quarters, and after Hoyer’s second interception head coach Mike Pettine decided to turn to Johnny Manziel.

Manziel immediately drove the Browns 80 yards, capping off the drive with a ten-yard touchdown scamper. Manziel’s mobility immediately injected life into the Browns offense. You could see it particularly on the bootlegs. He also has a stronger arm than Hoyer.

Things didn’t go so well on the next drive, but after the loss Pettine said he would wait until Wednesday to make a decision on next week’s starter. The odds as to what Pettine will do are hard to predict, but chances are the Johnny Football era has now begun in Cleveland.


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