Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel reminds him of Washington Redskins signal-caller Robert Griffin III in terms of playing style.
Shanahan worked with the Redskins as offensive coordinator and helped guide Griffin, who, like Manziel, won the Heisman Trophy.
“Johnny and Robert are very similar,” Shanahan said. “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,” he added.
Griffin flourished under Shanahan in his rookie season, throwing for 20 touchdowns and running for seven, leading the Redskins to the playoffs.
However, he he struggled this past year returning from ACL surgery, throwing 16 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He didn’t have a rushing touchdown after cutting down on his scrambling.
Shanahan also believes that Manziel can make an impact immediately if given a chance.
“If he keeps working like he has been, Johnny should be feeling comfortable by the time we get to training camp,” Shanahan said.
“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,” he added.