My very brief theory on Johnny Manziel and why he shot the bird at the Washington sideline Monday night consists of two parts.
1) Manziel is extremely immature.
2) He was not getting enough attention.
Can you imagine having to coach Manziel -- or rely on him for anything -- at this stage of his life? It would be awful. Surely he will grow up one day, but the constant parade of Manziel-related negative headlines is so tiresome. The latest came Monday night, when Manziel flipped the Washington sideline off (he wasn't penalized but will likely be fined).
It wasn't that terrible of a thing to do, but it was so childish. Manziel wasn't having a good game and people were yelling at him. Wow -- that's all? Welcome to the NFL, buddy. Now that people know they can get to you, how do you think it's going to be for the next 10 games you enter?
As for the attention thing -- I think there is a part of Manziel that truly craves it. Why else does he show up in so many public places on his off time? I know we live in a digital age where everyone has a camera phone, but contrast how many pictures there are of Manziel doing something weird (at best) in his off time with how many there are of, say, Andrew Luck or RGIII or Cam Newton? So this was "Monday Night Football," and Manziel wasn't playing well, and this was a way he could dominate the postgame narrative. I'm sure he didn't think of it that way, but I also don't think he really minds what is happening today.
There's no way Cleveland can start Manziel, although Brian Hoyer is so bad undoubtedly the rookie is going to play at some point. I don't like his chances this year, though. Manziel is a child trying to lead a group of men, and that only works if the child is very wise. Manziel is far from that.