One historically poor game is all it took for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to break a large part of Cleveland.
It started with Kevin Kiley, co-host of the embarrassing Kiley & Booms radio show, going on NFL AM and portraying head coach Mike Pettine as nothing more than a puppet of owner Jimmy Haslam and general manager Ray Farmer. Kiley claimed, with no supporting evidence and against everything that we’ve seen from the team this year, that Pettine only turned to Manziel because he was ordered to by the front office.
It continued with Greg Couch, who wrote at RollingStone.com that it was actually Pettine’s decision to start Manziel, but he only did it to prove to Haslam and Farmer that Manziel is not an NFL quarterback. Still somewhat implausible, but at least Couch had the self-awareness and decency to state that he had no proof for his conspiracy theory. (h/t to Cleveland Frowns for pointing out that article.)