Teammates Taking notice of Johnny Manziel
Before the start of the Browns game against the San Francisco 49ers, “Money” Manziel signed a fan’s $100 bill, ESPN reported.
“The mistake before the half (the interception) is well documented”, coach Mike Pettine said. At least at that point, when Jimmy Haslam calls him into his office for his post-season evaluation, Pettine can at least tell the owner that general manager Ray Farmer gave him nothing to work with, shifting the blame to the general manager and off of Pettine himself. “He did a lot better than he did bad”. If not for them, then Manziel’s numbers would not have been so sterling. The quarterback’s passes were on the money most of the game, however, throwing a touchdown pass in the third quarter to Tight End Gary Barnidge in the third quarter.
“This isn’t freaking (Texas) A&M”, he said, adding the tablet survived the head-butting. “We’d have a lot more victories”. “It wasn’t that we overlooked, I felt like in the game, we just didn’t give our best effort”. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 85.9 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 542 yards and three touchdowns. That doesn’t happen all the time in the NFL. “Winning doesn’t heal everything, but it helps”.
49ers’ quarterback Blaine Gabbert was sacked a franchise tying record nine times.
That was the take offered by offensive tackle Joe Staley and linebacker Ahmad Brooks on Sunday, in the immediate aftermath of San Francisco’s worse-than-it-sounds 24-10 defeat. He will have to pick a different target in the final three games because Hartline is out for the rest of the year with a broken collarbone. He started the next game, got hurt early, and didn’t play again. “He puts in his preparation so he grinds in the meeting room”. Veteran safety Donte Whitner echoed that sentiment Friday, saying there was an emphasis on the details and little regard for the 2-10 record the team carried into Sunday’s game.
The San Francisco 49ers failed in their attempt Sunday to win consecutive games for the first time this season, dropping an ugly 24-10 decision to the Cleveland Browns on the road. Johnny Manziel is completing 61 percent of his passes for 1,203 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions.
49ers kicker Phil Dawson, who spent 14 seasons with Cleveland, was overwhelmed by the reception he received. The 40-year-old kicked a 44-yard field goal and received a warm ovation from Browns fans after the video salute was shown in the first quarter. He has only missed one game since 2010.
“I definitely think he is starting to see it”, Barnidge said. Running back Shaun Draughn had 43 yards on 11 carries, but S.F. was playing from behind for most of the game.
However, where other young quarterbacks are often provided the excuse of being young, inexperienced, and still learning, Manziel’s flaws and occasional missteps oddly seem to be noted more often.
An already reeling 49ers offensive line might be without left guard Alex Boone for the remainder of the season. To the surprise of no one who has paid them any mind this season, the offense came to life and the huddle had energy and they played hard for the youngster.
Crowell got things going on the second series of the game with a 50-yard burst behind left guard Austin Pasztor.