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Browns Official Press Release 3-11-16

 BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have waived QB Johnny Manziel.

Manziel appeared in 14 games with eight starts after being selected by the Browns in first round of the 2014 draft. He completed 147 of 258 passes for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added 259 rushing yards and one score. Last season, Manziel started six games and threw for 1,500 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions, while adding 230 rushing yards.





What did former Browns QB TIM COUCH have to say about Josh McCown being named the starter vs Oakland, dealing with concussions, hometown boos and Johnny Manziel’s future? Listen here as he joined me today on the Kenny Roda Show on News-Talk 1480 WHBC – http://cdn.stationcaster.com/…/mpeg/TIM_COUCH-1443038676.mp3

Tim Couch Photo




WR 16 Andrew Hawkins 18 Taylor Gabriel 85 Vince Mayle 15 Marlon Moore 7 Josh Lenz 10 Darius Jennings
LT 73 Joe Thomas 79 Andrew McDonald 64 Darrian Miller
LG 75 Joel Bitonio 70 Vinston Painter [68 Joe Madsen]
C 55 Alex Mack 62 Ryan Seymour 65 Eric Olsen
RG 77 John Greco 74 Cameron Erving 63 Karim Barton
RT 72 Mitchell Schwartz 61 Michael Bowie 69 Erle Ladson
TE 82 Gary Barnidge 81 Jim Dray 84 Rob Housler 88 E.J. Bibbs 89 Manasseh Garner
[86 Randall Telfer]
WR 83 Brian Hartline 11 Travis Benjamin 17 Rodney Smith 5 Shane Winn [80 Dwayne Bowe]  [87 Terrelle Pryor]
QB 13 Josh McCown 2 Johnny Manziel 3 Thaddeus Lewis 9 Connor Shaw
RB 34 Isaiah Crowell 28 Terrance West 20 Shaun Draughn 35 Jalen Parmele 49 Timothy Flanders  [29 Duke Johnson Jr.] [41 Glenn Winston]
FB [44 Malcolm Johnson] [42 Luke Lundy]
RE 94 Randy Starks 93 John Hughes III 66 Jamie Meder 78 Christian Tupou [90 Billy Winn]
NT 98 Phil Taylor 71 Danny Shelton 67 Ishmaa’ily Kitchen 60 Jacobbi McDaniel
LE 92 Desmond Bryant 95 Armonty Bryant 96 Xavier Cooper 97 Dylan Wynn
OLB 99 Paul Kruger 48 Nate Orchard
MIKE 56 Karlos Dansby 59 Tank Carder 52 Hayes Pullard III
WILL 58 Christian Kirksey 53 Craig Robertson
OLB 54 Scott Solomon 91 Mike Reilly [51 Barkevious Mingo]
RCB 22 Tramon Williams 36 K’Waun Williams 43 Charles Gaines 37 Kendall James [27 Robert Nelson Jr.]
LCB 23 Joe Haden 21 Justin Gilbert 24 Johnson Bademosi 35 Joe Rankin [26 Pierre Desir]  [25 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu]
FS 39 Tashaun Gipson 33 Jordan Poyer 40 De’Ante Saunders
SS 31 Donte Whitner 30 Ibraheim Campbell 38 Landon Feichter
P 8 Andy Lee
K 6 Travis Coons 4 Carey Spear
H 8 Andy Lee
KR 15 Marlon Moore 20 Shaun Draughn 21 Justin Gilbert 10 Darius Jennings [29 Duke Johnson Jr.]
PR 11 Travis Benjamin 22 Tramon Williams 33 Jordan Poyer 18 Taylor Gabriel 5 Shane Winn
LS 47 Charley Hughlett
Rookies are underlined
Injured players are in [brackets] at the end


Statement from Browns QB Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel Ski Cap

“I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates and Browns fans everywhere for your patience, understanding and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.”



Here’s the opening monologue from the Kenny Roda Show on 1480 WHBC from Tuesday, March 24, 2015 on the Browns QB woes with Johnny Manziel still in rehab, the Cavs rolling towards the playoffs and screw the Sports Illustrated jinx. I love that the Indians are on the cover of SI’s 2015 MLB preview edition!

Listen here –

Kenny Roda WHBC Promo Photo



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Statement from Brad Beckworth, a Friend and Advisor to Johnny Manziel and his Family

Brad Beckworth, a friend and advisor to Manziel and his family, has confirmed that Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday.  “Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the offseason.  On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”

Statement from Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer on Johnny Manziel

“We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns. We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player.  Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.”


My podcast with Michael Reghi from the Kenny Roda Show on News/Talk 1480 WHBC as we talk Super Bowl 49, the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Listen Here –

Roda and Reghi


Here’s the podcast of my show open on Friday, December 26th as we found out that the Cleveland Browns would start Connor Shaw at quarterback against the Baltimore Ravens in the 2014 season finale, making him the 22nd different quarterback to start for the Browns since they returned to the NFL in 1999.

Listen Here – 

Kenny Roda WHBC Promo Photo




Browns general manager Ray Farmer has made some good decisions this season on acquiring talent, but when it mattered most, the first round of the draft, he dropped the ball big time!

Knowing he had a wide receiver who was going to be suspended for maybe the entire year and in a receiver rich draft, he bypassed highly rated wide outs for a cornerback and a quarterback that will make us all wonder about his grading system when the 2015 NFL draft comes around.

Who would have helped the Browns more this year and in the future, the two players Farmer selected in the first round in Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel, or any one of these four wide receivers Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin?

Manziel-Gilbert-Farmer-Pettine Jersey Photo

Justin Gilbert – 29 tackles – 1 interception – 1 td – 8 passes defensed


Johnny Manziel – 18-35-175 yards – 0 td passes – 2 interceptions/29 yards rushing – 1 td


Sammy Watkins – 62 receptions – 925 yards – 6 td’s


Odell Beckham Jr. – 79 receptions – 1,120 yards – 11 td’s


Mike Evans – 63 receptions – 997 yards – 11 td’s


Kelvin Benjamin – 72 receptions – 999 yards – 9 td’s


Plus there is one more game to play which gives all four wide receivers the opportunity to go over 1,000 yards receiving in their rookie year.

Ask yourself, who would have helped the Browns more this year and beyond?


Here’s what Johnny Manziel had to say today as he talked with the media following the Browns 30-0 loss to the Bengals in his first NFL regular season start:

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On today’s game:

“Tough. It was tough. We never really established much early in the game to put ourselves in good position to put some points on the board. When we did, I feel like I made a few mistakes throughout the game. When you sit back and look at it, just in the brief time that we’ve had, you tip your hat to the other team. When you get beat, you get beat and you take it like a man and you move on and you try to progress and get better. That’s what we have to do, but when you get beat you get beat. Hats off to them. They obviously had a good scheme and they were ready for what we were trying to do and it disrupted some of our stuff. At the same time, looking at my position and how I felt I played, I need to be better. I felt like it was a fail on my part for the position and it’s tough. It’s going to take time. It’s a progress for sure. The thing that you come out of here with, that gives you a little bit of joy is the way those guys in the locker room after the game, obviously everybody is extremely disappointed – we wanted to win the game – nobody wants to win in there more than I do. It’s tough to come out there and lay an egg like that and I put a lot of that on me. 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. I felt coming in to 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 we didn’t do that.”


On Cincinnati’s defense:

“We weren’t very good on third downs. We have to stay on the field and we weren’t able to stay on the field. We put our defense back on the field quick a couple times and we needed to come out. They started strong and fast and we didn’t. That wasn’t a good start. Carrying over from that, we never got enough momentum to push ourselves into a position to really get a grip on the game I guess.”


On the picks:

“You know. You can’t throw the second one whether you’re playing in a Pop Warner league or if you’re six years old playing in the driveway, you can’t throw that ball. That’s a 100 percent on me. The first one, I saw what I wanted to see and didn’t have enough confidence in myself to let it fly. I saw what I wanted and I ripped that all week through practice and when it came down to it, just a split second hesitation and in the NFL, I learned hard today, they can undercut that and they can get to that ball. I felt like Hawk (WR Andrew Hawkins) ran a great route. The play was there, (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) called a great play obviously seeing the scheme. For me I have to be decisive and trust what I see and throw it. I felt like I did that all week throughout practice. For whatever reason, a couple drives there I was a little hesitant on some throws.  There was another throw right before that to (WR) Josh (Gordon) over the middle that was a little behind him. I felt like I made that throw all week. I saw the field fine today but when I came down to it, I just needed to throw the ball and let it rip, and I didn’t do a very good job of that.”


On if today was a surprise:

“Absolutely. We wanted to win. I wanted to come out here and put points on the board and win. That didn’t happen.”


On Cincinnati’s taunting:

“I didn’t even notice it.”


On the energy today being carried over from the practice week:

“I feel like we didn’t start quick enough to get the energy we needed. We were very pumped up before the game, and obviously, Cincinnati was, as well. They said after this last game that they felt like they could beat us and they came out and proved that today. Like I said from the very beginning, you have to come out and first things first give them credit for what they came out and did. They established running the ball they got off the field on defense and didn’t allow us to continue any drives and when that happened it was going to be a long day for us. We never could quite get over the hump. You get a good drive going, get something sustained and then you get a turnover in the red zone which is absolutely unacceptable. It’s tough sitting here right now. A lot of emotions. It’s never as bad as you think it is sitting up here right now so we’ll go back and look throughout this week, but I need to be better. I felt like I was prepared, when it comes down to the play you have to play better.”


On missing some throws and other opportunities that were available:

“I think they were there. I think there were times where we went through our progressions and didn’t do near enough as much as I’m accustomed to in the past. Like I said, I’ve gotten better throughout the season and felt like we got a little, but at the same time, still got around and moved around a little bit. I just didn’t hit the throws when they were there. Early on in our second drive, there’s another one that was just a little high to (TE) Jim Dray. Those are plays we needed to continue those drives when we needed a big play. We didn’t get a third down conversion until the third quarter to (WR) Josh (Gordon) down the sideline. You’re not going to win when you do that. We have to stay on the field and do better.  It’s an all-around team thing.  As much as I sit here right now and put this on me, I need to be better, and I felt like I would come out and play better and that didn’t happen. I’m disappointed and these guys are too. For me, it’s a fresh start and we can move on from here to try and build something to carry us into next year.  The last two games coming up, we need to improve as an offense and build something for us to grow on into the offseason and into next season.”


On not succeeding in his first start and building for the future:

“I think this was the tip of the iceberg.  Obviously, these guys, from management to everyone in this organization, drafted me and I think going into it that one bad start – I’m not going to be written off forever.  As me and (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) were sitting there in the late minutes of the game, it was teaching me and helping me learn and understand everything that is going on.  It’s going to take time and reps.  The best quarterbacks to ever play this game have struggled early.  It’s tough for a young guy to come in and get accustomed to this league.  Even the guys who play their best every week come out and struggle at times.  It’s an ongoing cycle and for us we need to continue to progress and continue to get better.  From the reps we get in practice to the reps we get in games, we need to work on those and hone in on those.”


On starting his first game and if the speed of the game overwhelmed him:

“Like I said earlier, I never felt overwhelmed out there. Things happened fast and you see certain things that all flash around really fast, but when it came down to it, we just didn’t make enough plays. I don’t know that it was ever too difficult; it was never too difficult. We just didn’t make plays when they gave them to us to stay on the field and move the ball and score points. That’s the name of this game: put more points on the board than the other team.”


On implementing the game plan this week as a process:

“I think that as well as my own growing process. We put in some new things this week, some things we haven’t done since training camp. Obviously, we put them in at training camp and when you put them in there you feel like anywhere throughout the season you should be able to put those back in and plug those back in and be able to run them efficiently, but it was just a little bit of a struggle for us today. The best thing is we have two games left in the season to go out and try and get better and end on a good note. That’s really what we have to do.”


On the Browns bouncing back from the losses to finish the final two games of the season on a positive note:

“What’s done is done. This game is over. This day is over. Come in tomorrow, watch this, go over this, analyze what we saw from this game and then wipe it. Then it’s over. Then it’s onto Carolina and it’s on to the next week. That’s what we need to be focused on. We can’t be sitting there saying, ‘Man, last week this happened.’ What’s done is done. That’s in the past. Now, it’s move forward and go out and win this game next week. I don’t have any doubt in my mind that we can go out and win next week. We just need to put a solid effort together, go out, play as a unit, play as a team and go out and get a win. The playoffs and all that might be whatever the situation may be, but for us, we need to have pride about ourselves and pride about the games that we have left on our schedule and go out and try to be effective and try to be efficient.”