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Joe Thomas Says Johnny Manziel Doomed Mike Pettine, Browns In Podcast

Joe Thomas Says Johnny Manziel Doomed Mike Pettine, Browns In Podcast
Published On: Fri, Jan 12
Nov 15, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles with the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Thomas (93) and inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) defend during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 30-9. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Once upon a time the Cleveland Browns were 7-4 and in first place in the AFC North.

Although the events of the last 3 years make it feel like a decade ago, it was just 2014 and things were looking up for the franchise.

But then Johnny Manziel was forced onto the field and the Browns have yet to recover.

Left tackle Joe Thomas talked about that time and the decision to bench then quarterback Brian Hoyer in favor of the No. 22 pick in the 2014 draft and how it sank the season, and ultimately Mike Pettines time in Cleveland during his most recent podcast with former Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins which was released Thursday.

The problem with the Mike Pettine experience in Cleveland as a head coach was Johnny Manziel, Thomas said on UNITERRUPTEDs ThomaHawk Show podcast. He was drafted in the first round. He was the heir apparent as the quarterback, and people in the front office wanted to sell tickets and they wanted Johnny Manziel playing.

The pressure from the front office Thomas referred to came from former team president Alec Scheiner among others in the building to get Manziel on the field because Hoyer had hit a rough patch and began throwing interceptions over a 3-week span at an alarming rate. Thomas said he could see the change coming a mile away.

Everybody that was on the football side of things that saw him practice, that saw him prepare " or lack of prepare " saw him in the meeting room, saw that he wasnt mature enough, [knew] he wouldnt be able to handle it, Thomas said of Manziel. But the first moment that [Brian] Hoyer slips up, now youve got those very powerful people in the front office saying, You gotta play this guy, you gotta play this guy and it went on for a couple of weeks and finally it got to the point where they won the argument and we had to play Johnny and as soon as that happened it was like everybody on the football side just gave up because they knew what the results were going to be like.

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