Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer is impressed with his team's rookie quarterback -- even if he didn't win the team's starting job after a much-publicized offseason.
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer is impressed with his team's rookie quarterback -- even if he didn't win the team's starting job after a much-publicized offseason. And he sees nothing to suggest Manziel won't eventually turn into the franchise quarterback he sought for the Browns in his first draft.
"I think he is right where he's supposed to be," Farmer told ESPN.com's Jim Trotter before the Browns' 33-14 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night. "I laugh because it's four weeks into his first training camp and everyone is waiting to see Steve Young run out the tunnel. I don't know where the reality in that lies."
The Browns are preparing to move forward with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback in Week 1, after Manziel struggled during training camp and preseason. He also found his name in the headlines while out partying and after making an obscene gesture toward an opposing team's bench.
But Farmer said he isn't worried. He compared Manziel's development in moving from the college to professional ranks to someone learning a foreign language.
"It's like anything else," Farmer said. "If you're learning a foreign language, guess what, you're not going to go to Spain tomorrow and in four weeks feel like you're fluent in the language and just start talking. It just doesn't happen like that. You may be able to communicate, but not effectively."