COMMENTARY | Two weeks. It didn't even take two weeks for the Cleveland Browns to be linked with the most-talked about college football quarterback since the days of Tim Tebow winning games at Florida.
Peter King reported via Monday Morning Quarterback and during the weather delay of the Sunday Night Football game that Cleveland assistant general manager Ray Farmer attended this past Saturday's Alabama at Texas A&M game to scout A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel threw for 464 yards and he ran for an additional 98 yards against 'Bama, and many experts and analysts expect that the young man known as "Johnny Football" will eventually declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. King had the following to say on the NFL prospect:
"But Manziel, to many teams right now, would be undraftable because they're scared of his mood swings and off-field questions. But it only takes one team out of 32 to fall for him. And some team will, unless he self-destructs between today and draft day."
The Cleveland offense has been nothing short of abysmal in eight quarters of regular season football this September. It has found the end zone just once, and the Browns have thus far been outscored 37-16 overall and 31-3 in the second halves of games. Nobody on the Cleveland offense has shined, but all eyes are, as one would expect, fixed on the team's second-year quarterback.
Brandon Weeden has had another rough start to a season. He's tossed just one touchdown, and he has been picked off on three occasions. Those stats are far from flattering for any NFL QB, but it's unfair to Weeden to suggest that he alone is to blame for the team's offensive woes.
Weeden's offensive line, particularly the right side of the unit, has routinely betrayed him. He was sacked five times in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and Weeden took 12 recorded hits in that defeat. The Cleveland offense was, under Weeden, responsible for three delay of game penalties at Baltimore. Worst of all for Weeden was that he had to leave the September 15 game early because of a sprained thumb. Early indications, according to Cleveland sports talk radio, are that backup Jason Campbell will get the start this coming Sunday when the Browns are on the road to take on the Minnesota Vikings.
It has been a poorly kept secret throughout the Cleveland sports world that the team's new regime has not been crazy about Weeden, a player never chosen by the team's current administration and one who will turn 30-years old next month. Weeden has failed to match the achievements of other young NFL quarterbacks, such as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, and it looks as if the Browns are destined for yet another losing season. That the team is looking at college quarterbacks, most notably Johnny Football, is hardly surprising.
That doesn't mean that it isn't disheartening that Cleveland fans are already talking about next year's draft before the official start of the fall season arrives.
Zac has been following Cleveland sports since a little before his birth, and thus his heart breaks a little more with every year. He has been covering the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and the NFL for Yahoo Sports since 2010
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