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Manziel's gesture taints Browns' loss to Redskins

Manziel Makes Obscene Gesture Toward Redskins Sideline


By JOSEPH WHITE

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - If the Cleveland Browns pick a quarterback based solely on numbers, there's not much either Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer did to show he deserves the job.

If the choice is based on maturity, the hot-shot rookie's obscene gesture lost him some ground to the nondescript sixth-year veteran.

Manziel raised his middle finger toward the opponents' bench as he returned to the huddle late in the third quarter of Monday night's 24-23 loss to the Washington Redskins. Truth be told, it was one of the few times a Browns QB actually found his intended target.

"It does not sit well," Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said. "It's disappointing, because what we talk about is being poised and being focused. ... That's a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback."

Manziel called the moment a "lapse of judgment" and suggested it was brought about by another game of unprintable verbal grief from another team's players and fans. He was openly mocked by Brian Orakpo in the first quarter when the Redskins linebacker raised both hands and performed the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner's "money" gesture after a sack by Ryan Kerrigan.

"I get words exchanged throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week, and I should've been smarter," Manziel said. "It was a 'Monday Night Football' game, and cameras were probably solid on me, and I just need to be smarter about that.

"It's there, and it's present every game, and I just need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play."

Meanwhile, Pettine needs to pick a starting quarterback. The performances were so unspectacular that the coach suggested he might audible from his previously stated plan of announcing his regular-season starter on Tuesday.

"All the options are still on the table," Pettine said.

Hoyer started Monday night and completed 2 of 6 passes for 16 yards. His self-assessment: "It probably couldn't have been any worse. It's disappointing. It was embarrassing."

Manziel, the No. 22 pick in the NFL draft, was 7 for 16 for 65 yards and a touchdown. Of his series early in the game, he said: "I really tried to force everything and not let it fly like I should have. I need to get better at that and throw the dang ball."

Those stats, as mediocre as they are, were padded by series against the Redskins' backups. In the first quarter - when Washington's starters were in the game - Manziel was 2 for 7 for 29 yards, and Hoyer was 0 for 2.

"They both missed some throws," Pettine said.

If there's any hint as to which way Pettine is leaning, it's worth noting that Hoyer started for the second consecutive game and played mostly with the first-team offense. Manziel was sent out with the reserves to play in the second half.

Manziel took advantage by leading a 16-play, 68-yard drive capped by an 8-yard pass to Dion Lewis for Cleveland's first touchdown.

But the six points were overshadowed by the one finger.

"A lot of people just scream out things that are very, very disrespectful," Browns cornerback Joe Haden said. "He's just got to zone it out."

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lvn4eternity August 19 2014 at 10:37 PM

Rub his fingers ... easy come, easy go ... cuz he's gonna lose some big $ to a NFL fine !

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Chickiepoo August 19 2014 at 10:05 AM

Is this surprising....coming from
"Brat boy" ???

He is seriously NOT mature enough
to play in the "pros"......

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Jerry Kuhl Chickiepoo August 19 2014 at 10:46 AM

He just loves himself so much he can't help it. This is what he thinks that he is top notch and nobody is as good or better. He has a whole lot to learn. As for Tebow he never had a reasonable chance to be good or bad. That was to bad to.

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svazquez319 August 19 2014 at 9:31 AM

that is why we need to see more
tim tebows around......
He won games, maybe not as pretty as the NFL & some fan's would like a QB to win but he won games....and He gave his glory & honor to the one who blessed him with the talent......Tim Tebow was and still is a class act!!!!!
All I can say to the Fans,NFL and Sports media your get what you promote....!

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jerabbit August 19 2014 at 9:23 AM

Typical of Johnny Headcase. Immature and self centered. I look forward to Watt and Clowney breaking him in half.

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Kevin August 19 2014 at 9:29 AM

HE WILL NOT MAKE IT IN NFL TEBOW IS BETTER

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Tom M August 19 2014 at 9:48 AM

Future candidate for the Hall of Shame. Great way to start in the NFL. I am sure many companies will want to sign him to do endorsements. Have him flip off potential customers if they don't buy Nike or wear Adidas. Lots of coaches and parents are going to love this guy as a role model for their kids. I don't think so! He be in Arena Football in a few years or selling shoes at the Mall like Al Bunde from Married with Children.

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jmtaney August 19 2014 at 11:11 AM

Browns will regret drafting him! Big distraction!!!

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thenomadfgr jmtaney August 19 2014 at 12:49 PM

Yeah a big distraction that will put fans in the seats, give that **** team air time and sell attire. Something that **** team hasn't had in ages.

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jwemrw jmtaney August 19 2014 at 4:43 PM

thenomadfgr: losers have never "put fans in the seats" for any team in the history of the NFL.

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Axel August 19 2014 at 11:07 AM

This THUG, Johnny Football, is showing his true colors...the NFL will crush this bedwetter...

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sopo5 August 19 2014 at 10:03 AM

We'll see how fares flipping the Steelers bench off. He's going to get crushed, I'm so happy he did this. lololol

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thenomadfgr sopo5 August 19 2014 at 12:48 PM

Golly gee whiz. This moron thinks the big bad Pittsburgh Steelers will run off the bench and all start pummeling him on the football field.

Bahahahahahaaha. You're a ******* moron.

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brennemanbelkin August 19 2014 at 1:31 PM

Now you know why twenty one teams passed on this guy.
Head case.

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