Monday, September 21, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 9.21.15 #Manziel #Browns #Cowboys #Buckeyes #TigerWoods

By @cleeverizon

- This should be a interesting week in Cleveland sports talk. We have two quarterback controversies brewing in sports. The highly debated players for the Browns will be McCown vs Manziel and for Ohio State Jones vs. Barrett.

The funny thing is, the underdog, Johnny Manziel, performed better than the three other quarterbacks, (McCown DNP concussion protocol). Both quarterbacks from Ohio State seem inconsistent, inaccurate and unprepared on Saturday. Manziel posted a 133.9 quarterback rating while going 8-15, for 172 yards and two touchdowns. While his numbers may not be as good as Marcus Mariota on the other side 21-37 for 252 yards and 2 touchdowns(29.7 QBR) or as eye popping as Tom Brady's 3 touchdowns and 466 yards passing. Manziel came into yesterday's game looking prepared, accurate and was consistent through the entire game, unlike Jones and Barrett for the Buckeyes.

Now do you stick with Manziel for the remainder of the season? Or if McCown is out of the NFL's concussion protocol do you go back to the savvy vet? McCown is your bridge quarterback right? He can still be a great teacher for Manziel working as his backup. That's what you wanted him to do right? Show him how to be a leader on the field and in the locker room. Help him learn how to read defenses and and call out line protections. I will say Johnny Football isn't a finished product yet and will be a work in progress. So let the kid progress and give him that on the job training he needs. With a good running game, special teams and stopping the run on defense, you only need Manziel to manage the game and not throw interceptions, (hold on to the ball too). Lets see what Johnny has and leave him in there. You might be surprised. 

- According to multiple reports Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will miss up to 12 weeks with a broken bone in his foot. Bryant underwent surgery last week but needed a bone graft which requires a longer recovery time. Bryant broke his fifth metatarsal in his week one game versus the New York Giants. A screw was inserted to speed up the healing,but also needed a bone graft and transplant of tissue. His new recovery time is 10-12 weeks.

- Ohio State sophomore cornerback Damon Webb has been suspended indefinitely from the team for a violation of athletic code policy. The team announced his suspension prior to Saturday's 20-13 victory over Northern Illinois. The exact violation of the athletic code has not been verified as of yet but we do plan to have more information about the subject sometime midweek.

- Indians Triple-A affiliate the Columbus Clippers have won the International League championship. The victory for the Clippers clinched their 10th International League championship, and their 3rd since becoming the Tribe's Triple-A affiliate in 2009. (They won it in 2010 and 2011.)

- The Milwaukee Brewers will hire 30 year old David Stearns as their new General Manager today according to multiple sources. Sterns worked the past three seasons as assistant general manager for the Houston Astros and two years as the director of baseball operations for the Cleveland Indians before heading to Houston. The young executive also worked for the commissioners office after graduating from Harvard in 2007 from 2008-2011. His duties in Houston included contract negotiations, player evaluations and he also helped oversee the Astros' player development,scouting and analytics departments.

- After battling multiple injuries over the past 3 years, Tiger Woods is done until the 2016 golf season. Woods underwent a second microdiscectomy on his back on September 16th,and his second back surgery in two years. Tiger Woods had a small disc fragment removed that was pinching a nerve in his back. The surgery was labeled a complete success and Woods will return ready for the 2016 season.

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