Dec 20, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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I know the run defense gets a lot of attention, but how bad is the Browns secondary? Not only can they not cover receivers, but they get bullied all over the field. Gaines whiffed on multiple tackle attempts and even Whitner got thrown to the ground by Wilson. Even with cornerback Joe Haden, Williams has looked awful and after him on the depth chart, there is not an NFL corner on the roster right now.
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Running back Duke Johnson may be the lone bright spot for the Browns today on offense. 4 carries for 46 yards and 5 catches for 39 yards are not great overall totals, but he flashed with the ball in his hands and was the most explosive skill player for Cleveland. I’ve been begging for him to get more touches, but the Browns do not run enough plays to really unleash Johnson as a weapon.
Manziel’s stats are ugly on the surface: 19/32 for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a 69.9 rating. But answer me this: who does he have helping him? Roll back the film and the difference between his numbers and a better line are in the skill players around him. I know talk radio in Cleveland is littered with people who want Manziel replaced, but he has more wins than any other quarterback on the roster and actually played a good game and made plays when given the opportunity.
Even when running for his life, which happened quite a few times, Manziel extended plays and at least gave the Browns a chance to move the ball. But much like Johnson, he doesn’t get enough snaps to really generate the type of numbers that fans can fall in love with.
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