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Phil Simms: Cleveland 'the best situation' for Johnny Manziel

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

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It's the year of Johnny Manziel. The former Texas A&M quarterback was taken by the Browns with the No. 22 overall pick and the world can't stop talking about him.

So naturally he was a topic of conversation when Jim Nantz and Phil Simms stopped by the "CBS This Morning" studios on Wednesday to talk about the super fantastic lineup of "Thursday Night Football" games scheduled for the mothership this year.

Simms said he thinks Manziel "got very fortunate" ending up in Cleveland and it's "the best situation" for the Heisman winner.

"People have forgotten that his offensive coordinator is Kyle Shanahan. And Kyle Shanahan was with the Washington Redskins and he did an unbelievable job with [Robert Griffin III]," Simms said. "I expect him to create a new kind of offense. I think he got very fortunate going to the Cleveland Browns, Johnny Manziel, and he's probably in the best situation he could've found for himself in Cleveland."

Nantz didn't disagree at all and believes Manziel and Cleveland are a great fit because people are talking about the win-starved city for the first time in a long time.

"There's so much interest with Johnny Football as he's known. And you mix it with a city that's starved for a win," Nantz said. "I'm happy for Cleveland. That's an important city in our AFC franchise on Sundays. Not anything to brag about for a long time. Now with Johnny Manziel coming to Cleveland it's an explosive combination of a city just dying for the opportunity to be back on the map again and the most-talked about player entering the NFL year."

So will the Browns actually hold out and manage to not start Manziel? Nantz, like many of us, ain't buying it.

"Jimmy Haslam, their owner, said he's their backup going into camp but that's not announcing the starter for Week 1," Nantz said. "If you look at the last nine quarterbacks taken in the first round of NFL Drafts have been the starter. Brian Hoyer's the starter going into camp but we shall see. I'd be shocked if Johnny Manziel isn't the Cleveland Browns starter this season."

Selling tickets and getting people to talk about your franchise aren't good reasons to draft a player. But if you're Cleveland and you can make those things happen while acquiring a franchise quarterback, it's an added bonus.

It appears they've pulled it off.

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