Manziel humbled after Bengals debacle

Could the game be a positive force in his development?

BEREA, Ohio—Johnny Manziel came into his first NFL start very confident.

However, his first game was anything but successful. Manziel admitted on Monday that the game really humbled him.

“Absolutely,” he said. “Very humbling. This game, obviously, it has its ups and downs, and yesterday was one of those days for us that didn’t go our way. It’s very humbling. Like I said yesterday, even looking back at it, I feel like they had a good scheme and they came out very aggressive and very ready for that game.

“We didn’t come out the same way and matched that intensity early, and when you get down a little bit, it’s hard to claw your way back in. We just never brought that intensity from the get-go.”

Mike Pettine said the experience might end up being good in the long run of Manziel’s development.

“To me, anytime that you’re humbled I think it can be an eye-opener,” he said. “That pertains to anybody. When things have come easy for you in the past or where you get some players, ‘Hey, I think I’ve got this thing figured out,’ then something like that happens to you. I think that type of game humbles all of us.

“We had been able to do some things in the past that we weren’t able to do. That’s something that – as an organization, coaches, just staff and team – we’ve got to regroup, and we’ve got to regroup in a hurry.”


Manziel finished just 10-of–18 for 80 yards with two interceptions. He said his confidence is still there.

“We’re fine,” he said. “We’re going to regroup this week and put that to bed. That’s in the past and you move on. People are going to have bad games. We’re going to have a bad game as a unit, and now the biggest thing for us is how do you respond when some of this adversity hits us like this. It’s the end of the year.

“We’ve been playing a lot of weeks,” he said. “It’s been a grind for us, but we want to see people in here, in this locker room, that are excited to finish out the rest of the season and want to come to work every day still ready to get better and still trying to finish the season on a positive note.”



Haden Day-to-Day: Pettine said that CB Joe Haden has a bruised shoulder and listed him “day-to-day” for this week’s game. He said that he has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game with the Panthers.

Haden left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Pettine said DB Justin Gilbert wasn’t allowed to return to the game as they suspected he had a concussion. It was determined he did not suffer a concussion and should be cleared to practice this week.

Pettine had no further update on DB K’Waun Williams (hamstring) other than he hasn’t been ruled out yet for this week.

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