Angry ESPN analyst Merrill Hoge thinks the Cleveland Browns are suckers — and that they’re stuck in a bad relationship. The man they’re in it with says he’ll change, just like in a country song, but he can’t help being who he is. Yes, Johnny Manziel likes to run when he’s in trouble — and Cleveland affords a lot of troubling situations for a quarterback. But does that mean he can’t learn? Hoge says running is Manziel’s “instinct and you’re never going to change that, that is who he is.”
You may love him, Cleveland, but he’ll never be true. That’s Hoge’s message. But it’s hard. Johnny Football won a Heisman and he’s like nobody else. Keep telling yourself that, Cleveland, says Hoge. “Keep going down that plan because all you do is set your organization back one more year by babysitting and trying to get this guy as your starting quarterback. So keep doing that for the other teams. But if you want to move on… cut bait, get another guy.” Manziel wasn’t even supposed to play. Cleveland has another guy, Josh McCown, and he’s the starter. Got a concussion though. (Happens. A lot.) Browns lost 31-10.