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Browns Ready To Deal With Media Onslaught, Newfound Attention With Drafting Of Manziel
Published May 9, 2014
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HERE'S JIMMY! In Cleveland, Terry Pluto writes, "We'll never know how much input [Browns Owner] Jimmy Haslam had in this decision." But he "certainly will love the buzz that will follow Manziel, who will be a focus of national media coverage" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/9). Also in Cleveland, Mary Kay Cabot writes Haslam has "been in love with Manziel for months" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/9). ESPN's Adam Schefter said of the Manziel selection, "This really is a Jimmy Haslam pick because Jimmy Haslam ... was his biggest champion" ("NFL Draft," ESPN, 5/8). Browns GM Ray Farmer said of Haslam, "At no point did he try to push, shove or dictate the pace of what we were doing. He definitely added his interest level behind the discussions that were happening. He was allowing us to go to work.” In Akron, Marla Ridenour writes Browns coach Mike Pettine "went through Tebowmania" while with the Jets. He said that the front office will "sit down in the next few days to discuss what needs to be done to cope with the onslaught" of media coverage (OHIO.com, 5/9).
CENTER OF ATTENTION: The PLAIN DEALER's Cabot writes Manziel will bring "instant attention to the Browns" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/9). NFL.com's Chris Wesseling writes, "All it took was one draft pick to transform the Browns' image from a league-wide laughingstock to one of the most intriguing, closely monitored franchises in the league. Where Johnny Football goes, eyeballs, television ratings and crazed fanboy acolytes are sure to follow" (NFL.com, 5/9). ESPN.com's McManamon writes the Browns are "again a story, again worth paying attention to." A team that "needed some kind of boost got it with the selection of Manziel." The "interesting thing will be how the Browns handle the circus that goes with Manziel" (ESPN.com, 5/9). NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal wrote the Browns have "gone from league laughingstock to one of the most fascinating teams in the NFL." They are in an "unfamiliar position: The trendy team that everyone wants to see on television" (NFL.com, 5/8). "The Dan Patrick Show" producer Paul Pabst tweeted, "NBC should flex Cleveland's opener." Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman added, "Hard Knocks: The Cleveland Browns would be sweet." CBS Sports' Jon Heyman: "The cleveland browns just might have had their best day since jim brown was a player."
RESISTING THE URGE: In Dallas, David Moore writes of the Cowboys passing on Manziel with the 16th pick, "If anyone needs proof that it’s no longer business as usual at Valley Ranch, Exhibit A came in the first round." Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones "resisted temptation" and the team "went with a much more pedestrian, sound pick" in G Zack Martin. Jones said the Cowboys have a "big commitment" to QB Tony Romo. He added, "There is no way any quarterback comes in here and beats out Tony Romo" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/9). NFL.com's Bryan Fisher wrote the Cowboys' pick of Martin was "safe and certainly beefed up an area of weakness for the team, but it was nevertheless an unpopular move, according to the masses on Twitter and in the media" (NFL.com, 5/8). In Ft. Worth, Gil Lebreton writes, "Not very sexy. Not very Jerry Jones-y, either." Drafting Manziel "would have been very much in keeping with the Jones-era Cowboys of old" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/9).