What Johnny Manziel Means for the Cleveland Browns
So after all the sturm und drang, Johnny Football is bringing his talents to Cleveland. Selected with the 22nd pick, Manziel endured over two-and-a-half hours of watching teams not pick him as the possible first or second overall draft selection watched his stock slide, and slide, and slide some more until he landed at the feet of the Cleveland Browns, allegedly on the advice from a homeless Browns fan.
In many ways, the Browns are the perfect landing zone for Manziel, who told the Houston Chronicle back in March that, “If something happens, and it’s the Cleveland Browns, I’m going to pour my heart out for the Dawg Pound and try to win a Super Bowl for Cleveland.” He said went on to say, “I don’t care if they’ve had 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999. I’m going to be the 21st and the guy that brought them the Super Bowl.”
The Browns are where 50/50 boom/bust players like Manziel go to bust. Johnny Football knows this. That is why the team cycles through quarterbacks the way the NFL cycles through concussion lawsuits. The upside to every bust is always a boom, though, and if Manziel can shake off the bad vibes that’ve surrounded the Browns for what feels like forever, his legend will grow that much larger. It may even inspire folk songs with titles like “The Ballad of Johnny Football.” They would be sung during the Browns post-season laps to consecutive Super Bowls.