Dec 20, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) audibles at the line during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Continuity has been a problem for the Browns since 1999. Not just at quarterback, but at every position on the football side of business from the field to the front office.
While these problems have not helped the Browns on the field, fixing one part of the problem would be a great start. That would be done by having Manziel go into the offseason as the starting quarterback in 2016.
This decision is done mostly for continuity reasons. This team cannot keep switching quarterbacks and expect the offense to effective at all.
But continuity is not the only reason to start Manziel. That would just be an irrational reason to start a quarterback, as it ignores every other aspect of the player in question.
The move to have him be the starter would obviously be contingent upon Manziel maintaining a clean record for the rest of his time with the team. He has been given second and third chances, and another slip-up would just make Pettine look stupid for playing him.
Manziel starting would serve to build some relationships with the offense around him. The offensive line is talented, but a different quarterback every few weeks takes away the possibility of consistent success. Some fans think players can just be thrown in any given week and success will come right away, but it takes time in football for everyone to be on the same page and most importantly, to trust each other. Having Manziel finish the season as the starter and go into next season with the same role would help that trust begin to build.
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