Johnny Manziel Not Using Rookie Excuse


“Tough. Just tough.”

That’s how Johnny Manziel summed up the stinking egg he laid in Sunday’s 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cleveland’s rookie quarterback looked lost from the first snap, leading the Browns (7-7) to five first downs and just 107 total yards of offense. After a defeat that all but ended Cleveland’s season, Manziel acknowledged his messy debut.

“I’m not using the rookie excuse. It’s not me. Yeah, I’m a rookie but that’s out the window. I needed to play better,” Manziel said. “I felt coming into today that I was absolutely prepared for today. Being out there, I never felt overwhelmed or that it was too much for me, but when it comes down to it, football is football. You need to make more plays than the other team and you need to play better than the other team and today I didn’t do that.”

via Marc Sessler of NFL.com

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