The numbers will come out at some point today about the ratings for last night’s Monday Night Football game…and if the week before was any indication, Johnny Football is good for the NFL.
Johnny Football is Johnny Manziel, who we have spoken of before in this space. Manziel is a game changer, a rule breaker and a rebel…in other words, he is ratings!
Last week during a Week One preseason game between Detroit and Manziel’s Cleveland Browns, the NFL Network drew 2.9 million viewers…a record number for a preseason game.
Last night, on the main stage of Monday Night Football on ESPN and here in Canada on TSN, that number should have at least tripled. It is mid-August, and this is THE story in the NFL right now…not the Seahawks repeating, not the Manning brothers rapping a new commercial, it is will Johnny Manziel be the Browns quarterback on opening day.
Now I can try to dazzle you with stats, but I don’t want to put you to sleep. In a nutshell, Manziel’s stats have been better this camp than that of incumbent Brian Hoyer. This should be both a football decision first, but you have to know that until the Browns give Manziel the reins, the second guessing will prevail.
New Browns Head Coach Brian Pettine has been neutral, but if he were smart he would start Manziel. If Johnny Football succeeds, Pettine is a genius. If he fails, Pettine can say he gave the kid a shot and can now fall back on Hoyer.
The Seahawks took a chance on this kid a couple of years ago named Russell Wilson, who had less of a pedigree of success than Manziel…it worked out well.
The Browns aren’t the Seahawks, but the NFL is a copycat league. If Cleveland is smart, they start Manziel…the question now is…are the Browns smart enough to do it?