Bengals defensive coordinator says Johnny Manziel could still develop

Perhaps Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther wants his defense to savage Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel at least one more time. Guenther told ESPN that Manziel has a shot to still develop and says he shouldn't be written off, saying, "Honestly, I think the kid needs more time." Guenther's defense dominated Manziel last year during a 30-0 win. "Drew Brees did it," Guenther said. "I know Drew is a little bit thicker than Johnny but about the same height. ... I don't see any reason why he can't do it up there. [Manziel] was such a high-profile guy out of college and everyone expected what he did at Texas A&M, but it's a man's game, it's a lot different, and it takes time. You have to take your lumps a little bit." The Bengals' defense taunted Manziel during that game last year. After spending most of the offseason in rehab for substance-abuse issues, Manziel is a backup now behind Josh McCown. "I think he has good feet, is obviously a threat to run it, and I think in the right system he can be a good player," Guenther said. "There was so much expected in his first game, and maybe some of that was self-warranted, but it was so much from the fan base that you have to let him make mistakes." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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