Kyle Shanahan defends Johnny Manziel

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan defended Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.

"Johnny's a great guy, and I think he does get a little bit of a bad rep with that, because Johnny worked very hard for me," Shanahan said. "I really enjoyed coaching him."

Manziel entered rehab recently.

"I don't know what he's going through right now, but I think I'm confident Johnny will work it all out," Shanahan said. "And I think he has a chance to have a good future."

Shanahan discussed his decision to ask out of his contract with the Browns.

"You make some tough decisions, and Cleveland obviously was a tough decision for me," Shanahan said. "Nobody likes to be in the media. I'd rather just hide in the hole and never have to do this, ever. But it's part of the business, and I understand that. But you can't make decisions just based off of that.

"You've got to make decisions of what you think is best for you, what's best for your family. If you believe it's right, then you live with it. And you live with the consequences and you hope tough decisions end up working out. The fact that it's led me to Atlanta and I'm in this situation right now, I couldn't be any happier."

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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.