Johnny Manziel’s tenure in Cleveland has been marred by controversy, and the team’s hiring of Hue Jackson as its new head coach signals the end of Manziel’s time with the Browns.
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Jackson, who finalized his deal with the Browns Wednesday, told owner Jimmy Haslam that he wants to “move on” from the troubled quarterback, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported that Jackson does not want to stake his job and reputation on Manziel.
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In Week 17, he played a quarter and a half against the Chargers after taking over for Brock Osweiler, but it’s impossible to tell if he’ll be fresh and rested against the Steelers, or rusty and gimpy like he was for most of the season.
If the past is any indication, though, Manning’s performance won’t matter as much, as long as he doesn’t resume being a turnover machine. More important is how the Broncos defense plays. A Manning team has never lost a playoff game when the opponent has scored under 17 points. And this Broncos defense is the top-ranked in the league and especially tough at home.
But if the game is close, history shows that it’s the Steelers who are likely to win, since Manning’s teams can’t catch a break in the fourth quarter of tight playoff games. If the Broncos beat the Steelers, they will win the following week and move on to the Super Bowl.
At least that’s what the Peyton Manning boom-or-bust theory says. And it hasn’t been wrong in the last 10 years.
Jim Buzinski is co-founder of SBNation’s Outsports.com. He has also watched every Peyton Manning playoff game and still has nightmares over some of them.