Manziel shows why the Browns should stay with McCown

The Cleveland Browns must go back to Josh McCown once he’s healthy. With Johnny Manziel, the team is going to go backwards instead of going forward.

Manziel struggled on Thursday Night Football against the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. The 22-year-old showed why he’s not ready – and may never be ready – to be a starter in the NFL.

Against the very good Bengals defense, Manziel went 15 of 33 for 168 yards and a touchdown. He also had four rushes for 31-yards.

While his numbers were OK, some would have to say this is his best game as a professional – even though he’s only played in just four games in nearly two years.

He struggled in the pocket; however, did much better outside the pocket. He delivered accurate passes on the run, but head coach Mike Pettine – who may be fired after the season – and the offensive coaching staff decided to put Manziel in the pocket, where he was less effective.

He did have a 12-yard touchdown pass to rookie Duke Johnson on a broken play in the first half. But his receivers couldn’t come up with other passes, as he was conservative in his intermediate passes.

The former Heisman Trophy winner also was sacked in the fourth quarter three times when one can assume his Browns teammates gave up with the game out of reach.

McCown should be able to return following this mini-bye week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 2-7 Browns has done better with him as the signal-caller this season.

Under Manziel in just two starts and four games overall, he’s 28 of 50 for 393 with three touchdowns and an interception.

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