Shortly after the Cleveland Browns announced that Brian Hoyer will start Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel showed a ton of maturity in response to a question about him losing out on the starting job (via Cleveland.com).
I didn’t necessarily feel like I was ready, and I felt like there were steps that I needed to take and I need to take to move forward and get better.
If you watched Manziel’s performance against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, you know full well what he’s talking about. The young signal caller looked absolutely lost going through his progressions and didn’t seem to have the necessary comfort level to succeed as a starter in the NFL at this early point in his career.
I wouldn’t say (losing the job to Brian Hoyer) necessarily lights a fire. It’s disappointing. Obviously I didn’t want this to be the outcome. … Down the road as the weeks continue to go on I’ll get better, so does it light a fire? I don’t really know if it does or not.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing that Manziel didn’t earn the starting gig immediately as a rookie. The former Heisman Trophy winner possesses a ton of talent, but he also needs to work on a few different things before being considered a starter-caliber quarterback in the NFL.
In a sign of maturity, Manziel fully understands this. He has looked in the mirror (or in this case game tape) and has drawn the conclusion that he’s not ready to be a starter at this point. It’s a refresing view from a player that has been chastised consistently by the media as being immature and not ready to be a professional football player.
Of course, Manziel’s skeptics are likely to spin this a certain way to make him look bad. That’s just the way it goes.
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