Johnny Manziel has tried to say the right things even as his actions have suggested otherwise.
A first round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Manziel looked unprepared during his brief playing time while making more headlines off the field.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer told reporters on Tuesday that the team wanted to see the right actions out of the Heisman trophy winning quarterback.
“I would tell you that the words don’t mean anything. I’m not a big word guy. It’s all about action. I think that’s really where we’re at in time, and I think that’s for everybody. I think that’s what all of our players and our coaches and our staff, everybody with this organization want to see. That’s what our fans want to see. It’s about action.”
Farmer did add he believed Manziel could be a starter in the league but what else would you have expected from the man who drafted him?
“I do think he can develop into a solid starter in this league, yes. I think that the sample size that’s available is, like you said, small. I’d say to that end, we all have got to be patient,” said Farmer. “I think there’s an opportunity for the guy to make changes. It’s up to him if he’s going to make those changes, but I think the talent is in his body to accomplish that.”
To prove how hollow his words were Farmer went on to say the Browns would entertain drafting a quarterback in the first round.
“Nope, I would not. I would not hesitate to take whoever I thought could help this football team and move us forward. The goal is win it’s not to draft any particular person or players, simply to win. If we win, that’s all that matters. It’s not mine so I will give credit to (Brown Executive Chief of Staff ) Bill Kuharich who taught me this but W.I.N. is what’s important now and that’s what we’re going focus on at every turn is what’s important now. It’s what you do during the course of the season when you have a guy go down you pop the next guy in. When you get to the offseason you try to plan and create for what’s important now. What is important now is truly identifying who is on this team that we should keep around, and who’s not, and to that tune how do we improve our roster moving forward and then how do we draft to what we’ve already garnished free-agency or what we lost. So that’s the steps will take here coming up.”
The Browns may try to land a veteran to steer Manziel because spending back to back first round picks on quarterbacks is going to be tough to overcome. It is doubtful Brian Hoyer remains with the team.