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Cleveland Browns Hand Reins to Johnny Manziel and Other NFL Thoughts

Finally, Cleveland Browns fans are going to get to see what Johnny Manziel can do on a football field for an extended period of time.

It was announced on Tuesday that the former first round pick and much maligned quarterback will start the remainder of the season in Cleveland. With coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer possibly working to save their jobs, this is an audition for Manziel and the two men who brought him to Ohio. His failure will likely end the tenure of all three heads with the Browns, but if he succeeds, it could give both Pettine and Farmer some wiggle room should the team’s ownership want to make a move and clean house.

The decision to start Manziel for the remainder of the season was met with some opposition, as explained on ESPN.com. Josh McCown showed some success this season behind center.

Manziel has started three games this season and has thrown for 933 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.

“We’ll move forward accordingly,” McCown said Monday. “Just from a philosophical standpoint, if you pick somebody in the first round and they start to play and start to do some good things, I understand it if that’s the decision.”

The Browns are 2-8 this season and in the midst of a five-game losing streak, have a bye this week before hosting Baltimore on Nov. 30.

SHULA TO COACH HURRICANES?

One name that may pop up in NFL coaching circles as a potential head coach next season is now a candidate to coach in the town he grew up in.

Mike Shula, the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, could be headed back to south Florida as a potential replacement for Al Golden at the University of Miami.

Jeremy Brevard of Fox Sports wrote a story, linking the son of the legendary Don Shula to the school in his backyard growing up.

The story claims a comment on CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd’s Twitter account reports Shula has been contacted about the position by the school.

Shula hasn’t shown interest in the position.

While the rumor mill is going to be full of potential candidates to fill the void at the university, Shula might get a strong look at open NFL jobs since he has done a masterful job working with Cam Newton on the 9-0 Panthers offense.

If the Panthers continue on the same path they are on now, and make some noise in the playoffs, look for Shula’s name to pop up with more than just one coaching vacancy on the college and pro level.

MARKS OUT FOR SEASON

Just when he was getting his footing back, another injury ends the season for Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle, Sen’Derrick Marks.

After missing the first five games of the season while recovering from an ACL injury, Marks tore his triceps in the third quarter of the game against Baltimore this past season. Reports out of Jacksonville now claim he will go on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

Coach Gus Bradley, according to profootballtalk.com, announced Tuesday that Marks is going on injured reserve after tearing his triceps in last Sunday’s game. Bradley said Monday that Marks would be getting a second opinion on the injury.

The Jaguars had hoped a healthier Marks would not only help a stagnant pass rush, but would help a rush defense that has looked better since his return to the lineup. The Jaguars have looked noticeably strong against the run in the last two weeks against the Jets and the Ravens. The Jaguars are still looking for answers for a defense that has given up the third most points in the NFL and the most in the AFC this year.

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