I knew that when the Browns decided to start Johnny Manziel, the season was over. Sure enough, the Browns got crushed by the Bengals today in a game that was never even competitive. Manziel was predictably awful.
I’m not saying that Johnny Manziel lost the game single-handedly, because he didn’t. The whole team didn’t show up. But when you have to change quarterbacks in the middle of what should be a sprint to the playoffs, and you’re going with a raw rookie whose arm strength is questionable and who made most of the great plays in his college career with his legs, you can’t really expect anything good to happen. Real playoff teams just don’t do that. Brian Hoyer’s awful play the past few weeks left the Browns coaches with no choice, because you can’t just let games slip through your fingers through offensive ineptitude — but only rabid fans would expect anything good to happen with Manziel making his first start in a crucial divisional match-up with the Browns’ fading playoff hopes on the line.
And so a season that once seemed promising has spiraled downward into a smelly, urine-soaked, rat-infested dumpster. It’s the unfortunate lot of the Browns fan. Now let’s turn our attention to the Buckeyes and that tilt against Alabama on January 1.