— Well, how was that for a Johnny Manziel (10-18 for 80 yards, 0 TD/2 INT) debut? A totally wasted draft pick with the added bonus of locker room and off-field issue at every turn.
I realize rookie QBs can flounder early. This wasn’t a floundering…it was one of the worst QB performances you will have ever witnessed. I would have expected this from Logan Thomas or Ryan Lindley, etc., if/when they were thrown ‘into the fire’ off the bench never having played with the 1st-team in the regular-season…but you would expect a little better from a 1st-round draft pick…the guy that many of the mainstream football analysts touted as their initial #1 QB and/or overall prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft. Manziel’s performance in this game was abysmal.
Someone needs to find that homeless man who told the Browns’ owner to “draft Manziel,” and fire him.
Manziel had two interceptions in this game. He should have had between four and six of them. His downfield throws that were actually completed were all blind throws that were mostly wounded ducks than actual NFL passes. This was an embarrassment to the NFL…’this’ being when Manziel’s payroll check clears the bank this week.
The Carolina-DST (Cleveland’s next opponent) is suddenly in-play for Week 16 title matches.
Will the Browns wait a year to admit their error, or will they draft another QB in 2015? Either way, the Browns are screwed unless they dig up the right veteran QB next year (and it’s not Hoyer). Josh Gordon (3 rec/ for 48 yards on 4 targets) and Jordan Cameron (1 rec. for 4 yards on 1 target) will be FF-disappointments for the foreseeable future as well.
This will not help the emerging Browns-DST either, because the turnovers, lack of field position, etc. is too tall a hill to climb.
This is a total unraveling for a franchise that three weeks ago was worrying about the playoffs. They now have to worry about their franchise getting flushed back to becoming a constant source of ridicule…again.
Our College Football Metrics.com studies saw the Manziel bust coming…with specifics on what he was doing on the field in college, and why it would be an issue in the pros.
Don’t lose track of Browns’ practice squad QB Connor Shaw…it might be all they have at a certain point. Likely, he’ll never get a fair shake despite being a similar, better QB than Manziel in the SEC in their final seasons. You can see his detailed scouting report on College Football Metrics.com as well.
— Jeremy Hill (25 carries for 148 yards and 2 TDs, 1 rec. for 4 yards on 1 target) had a nice game here. We did not think Hill could carry an offense in the NFL…projecting that he would be more of a complimentary guy. I’m not blown away by Hill, but I see he is better than we statistically scouted.
What I would like to celebrate on Hill: We did tell you, for a year plus, that Gio Bernard (15 carries for 79 yards, 3 rec. for 24 yards on 3 targets) was just an average/good NFL RB prospect…and by no means a high-end, main-carry guy in the NFL. His Fantasy-Dynasty stock is plummeting quickly.
— IDP Craig Robertson (10 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT) is white hot the past few weeks. He was one of our deep sleepers for Week 15, and he delivered again this week. In the last five games: 10.6 tackles, 0.4 PD, 0.2 INTs per game. He has double-digit tackle in four of those last five.
– R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics.com, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics.com. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” here: The Machine via FFM
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Category Archives: Cleveland Browns
Twitter @FFMetrics – My big takeaway from this game, and it might work for some as a future takeaway (2014, or 2015+), is a re-warning that the Cleveland Browns defense under Mike Pettine will be really, really good in the future—and they are formidable now…especially their pass defense. I watched them constantly rattle Andrew Luck […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics If you haven’t seen the news, Mike Pettine said Isaiah Crowell would be limited or out this week. Most thoughts naturally turn to Terrance West, and that’s likely, but keep in mind his coach has trashed him all week over his fumble Sunday. I still think West is a very talented runner, the […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics – Let the Cleveland Browns, much like the San Francisco 49ers, QB situation remind you never to doubt the prowess of our computer’s vision on QBs. Brian Hoyer (18-30 for 192 yards, 0 TD/2 INT) is not a good NFL QB, and it should never matter that he heads up a notoriously bad […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics I bet this game heavy, and lost. I bet against Ryan Mallett…I bet on the Browns…and I got thumped. You know it’s funny. Watching this game go down the tubes…it made me consider stopping my football wagering. At least, not take it so seriously or no longer make bigger bets. I am watching […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics I bet on Cincinnati -6.0 points in this game, and that obviously didn’t go well. Looking back over the prior couple of weeks, I saw a Cleveland team stifled in its run game…a heavy run attack to keep the ball out of Brian Hoyer’s hands, from a sense that if Hoyer is throwing […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics This is where I depart from Lovie Smith. I’ve not been super ‘pro’ or ‘con’ with him. I respect that he had good teams in Chicago, and built a killer defense there. You have to give him respect for that. I know a lot of Chicago fans were ticked because of the Rex Grossman […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics Let me veer off onto a soap box for a long moment (shocker). It may make no sense because I planned to write just 2-3 sentences about it, but 2,000+ words later I was ready to move into a shack in Idaho, and mail my piece to the government. I put about half or […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics – Just a quick note for anyone bemoaning the Browns-DST recommendation for Week-7: What else do you want? (1) They had three picks and two sacks! Yes, you want to see a shutout delivered, but the guy NFL analysts spent the entire week crying for the Browns to pay as a true franchise […].. Continue reading→
Twitter @FFMetrics OK, I began the game recap Week-6 sessions with the two teams I interpreted wrong going into Week-6 (Tampa and Minnesota). Now, let me talk about one of the situations I nailed, going back to opening-week. Let me say it again, the Cleveland Browns are one of the top-5 coached/managed teams in the […].. Continue reading→