Ray Farmer is not getting too much love for his first real moves as a General Manager. He drafted Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel in the first round. While those picks have been a huge fail so far, they could turn into success stories. The problem is veterans have been criticizing Gilbert mostly for immaturity, while Manziel has been in rehab for a while. It really did not start off right, but veteran Joe Thomas said it best, I believe. He said the Browns cannot count on Johnny Manziel as their quarterback until Manziel can count on himself and change.
“I think he’s going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being the man, being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life. You know, I think he lost probably a lot of trust among the guys on the team last year by the way he handled himself once he became the starter. And I think he had a lot of time to reflect, I’m guessing, after the season was over by the comments he made in the media and by his actions, checking himself into rehab … I think those were really positive steps. I’m hoping when we come back in April we see a new Johnny and everybody’s blown away with his commitment. And I think he’s got the talent, so it’s just a matter of if he commits himself to it, we can have a really good quarterback on our hands.”
This is as real as it gets folks. I think the Browns are regretting those two first round picks already, maybe they should just cut them both and start over? One thing is for sure, if Ray Farmer does it again, he will be without a job before the end of the season.
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