After a tumultuous first season in the NFL, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is being called out by his All-Pro left tackle.
Johnny Manziel probably had just about a worst start to a career as anyone can have.
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He was immediately questioned for his party habits after being drafted by constantly partying in Las Vegas. During the season, he took over for the now former Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Manziel lost both of his starts and had an absolutely awful performance against the Cincinnati Begnals.
At one point the Browns were 7-4 last season and looking like a threat to win the AFC North. They ended up losing their last five games, and once again people were left worried about the state of the franchise.
In the off-season, Manziel finally checked into rehab for his issues with alcohol.
The guy who protected his blind side, and has been protecting the blind side for the Browns for several years, Joe Thomas, isn’t too happy with Manziel.
Speaking to ESPN Cleveland, Thomas said that Manziel lost a lot of trust in the locker room.
Thomas told ESPN Cleveland that he believes that Manziel is going to have to show the locker room that he is committed to being the Browns quarterback.
"“I think he’s going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being the man, being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life,” Thomas said."
The Browns took a big risk by using a first-round pick on Manziel, and the quarterback was constantly under the microscope the entire season.
Still, his behavior was not up to team standards, and his teammate Thomas, who like many that have been on the Browns for a while, are longing for a winning season and a steady quarterback.
The frustration and comment by Thomas is certainly justified as Manziel squandered a big opportunity to prove many wrong with his behavior.
With Manziel in rehab and having a long way to go before redeeming himself, the team brought in veteran quarterback Josh McCown with Brian Hoyer leaving in free agency.
Thomas is a big believer McCown’s ability to lead the Browns too.
"“He’s a guy that if he’s asked to carry the flag this year, he’s going to do a great job. There’s a chance we draft somebody or there’s a chance Johnny comes back and he’s a new person and he’s rededicated to football, and he turns into the great quarterback that we expected when we drafted him in the first round.”"
The Cleveland Browns after looking like they were going to take the next step last season, now find themselves with media attention for the wrong reasons.
With Manziel and once again uncertainty at the quarterback position for the Browns, 2015 is shaping up to be another interesting season in Cleveland.
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