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Friday, January 12, 2018

Joe Thomas Blames Johnny Manziel For Ruining Mike Pettine's Run As The Browns Head Coach

Cleveland Browns legend Joe Thomas blamed Johnny Manziel for ruining the Browns 2014 season and Mike Pettine's run as head coach.  It's safe to say Thomas isn't a Johnny Football guy, CBS Cleveland:

"The problem with the Mike Pettine experience in Cleveland as a head coach was Johnny Manziel," Thomas said on UNITERRUPTED’s ‘ThomaHawk Show’ podcast. "He was drafted in the first round. He was the heir apparent as the quarterback, and people in the front office wanted to sell tickets and they wanted Johnny Manziel playing."

"Everybody that was on the football side of things that saw him practice, that saw him prepare – or lack of prepare – saw him in the meeting room, saw that he wasn’t mature enough, [knew] he wouldn’t be able to handle it," Thomas said of Manziel. "But the first moment that [Brian] Hoyer slips up, now you’ve got those very powerful people in the front office saying, ‘You gotta play this guy, you gotta play this guy’ and it went on for a couple of weeks and finally it got to the point where they won the argument and we had to play Johnny and as soon as that happened it was like everybody on the football side just gave up because they knew what the results were going to be like."

"They knew that while the whole run around and throw the ball up in the air works in college, that’s not something that works in the NFL. You have to have that baseline amount of preparation to be able to go out there and proficiently operate offensively to give your team a chance to win and if you don’t do that it’s just not gonna happen."

It turns out the guys in the locker room saw the same things we all saw.  I guess we don't need access to the locker room, well access is still needed to watch them shower and snap towels.