The Cleveland Browns fired head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer on Sunday, this after an abysmal 3-13 season, and you have to wonder if Johnny Manziel will be next on the chopping block. The mercurial second-year quarterback was seen gambling in Las Vegas on Saturday while recovering from a concussion.
The leash on Manziel was growing shorter by the incident. Well, Manziel may have finally snapped it this past weekend.
“I’d rather have Andy Lee, our punter, than him right now,” Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan host Andy Baskin said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s a liar. This is his second year in a row that he’s missed a treatment at the end of the season. He’s the last guy on earth I would want to play with on my team. I think he’s exciting, but his time is done here. And after listening to Jimmy Haslam yesterday – Jimmy Haslam probably was the biggest supporter until two weeks ago and I think Jimmy’s fed up with him at this point. He doesn’t want to be here.”
Baskin watched the Steelers beat the Browns, 28-12, in Cleveland on Sunday and couldn’t help but compare and contrast the two organizations.
“If a guy didn’t want to play for the Steelers and was an embarrassment to the Steelers – and Ben Roethlisberger was probably on his last strike at one point – the Steelers cut those guys,” Baskin said. “See you later. I’m watching a team that is our biggest rival play the Browns the other day and I kept saying, ‘What if Johnny Manziel was on this team?’ There’s no way the Rooneys would put up with any of this garbage. Maybe one strike, maybe two strikes. But they’d be done with him right now. That’s the difference between the two franchises. At least Ben had some back up before he got into a little bit of trouble. Johnny’s got nothing. Johnny wasn’t ready to play last year. He ended up in rehab. Last year, at the end of the season for the final game, the had to send security over to go get him because he wasn’t even near the stadium.”
Indeed, Manziel, through two years, had been the complete opposite of 36-year-old journeyman quarterback Josh McCown.
“Josh McCown goes out there and gives everything he possibly can and would put his life on the line for his teammates,” Baskin said. “He still comes to every game. He doesn’t have to be here. He’s hurt. He’s on the IR. Johnny can’t even show up. I’m tired. Look, I like him. I think he’s an exciting player, but that act is so worn out. It’s so worn out. And if this franchise is ever going to move forward, they got to cut ties with him.”