Browns’ Kyle Shanahan Compares Johnny Manziel to Robert Griffin III

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan thinks rookie Johnny Manziel has a chance to start at quarterback over veteran Brian Hoyer (No. 6). Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports
Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan thinks rookie Johnny Manziel has a chance to start at quarterback over veteran Brian Hoyer (No. 6).
Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Shanahan likes what he sees so far from Johnny Manziel, saying that the Cleveland Browns rookie reminds him of Robert Griffin III.

Shanahan, who was hired this offseason as the Browns’ offensive coordinator, said in a recent interview with USA Today Sports that Manziel’s skill set is “very similar” to Griffin’s.

“Johnny and Robert are very similar,” Shanahan, who spent the last four years as the Washington Redskins’ offensive coordinator, told USA Today Sports. “They’re both talented guys who can make plays with their legs.

“But there comes a time in the NFL when they’re going to keep you in the pocket, and you’re going to have to have that ability to make the throws with your arm and mind. And Johnny, just like Robert, has that arm talent and intelligence to do that.”

Griffin thrived during his 2012 rookie season under Shanahan, passing for 3,200 yards and rushing for 815 while leading the Redskins to the NFC East title. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner struggled last season while recovering from major knee surgery.

According to Shanahan, Manziel, who won the Heisman in 2012, has the skills to be as successful in the NFL as Griffin.

“You have to have some special magic, swagger to you that you can get the job done,” Shanahan said. “And Johnny demonstrated that as good as anyone who’s ever played college football. And we think he’ll be able to carry it over.

“He’s got the arm talent, and he ran around, made a ton of plays that won him the Heisman. You hope he can do that in the NFL. But you also know he won’t be able to do it as much. … Yet he still has to be him and make those plays.”

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SOURCE: ESPN

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