Johnny Manziel struggled in his starting debut for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday (Dec. 14), as his team fell 30-0 to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The rookie quarterback went for 10 of 18 with just 80 yards and two interceptions, days after the Browns chose him over veteran Brian Hoyer, who had started the first 13 games of the season.
Manziel was taunted by the Bengals defense throughout the game. Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry would sack the rookie deep in the backfield on the Browns’ second drive before displaying Manziel’s signature money sign to the home crowd. Later, Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga flashed money signs in Manziel’s face after batting down a pass, but it would cost his team a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. And even later, reserve defensive tackle Brandon Thompson flashed the money sign as he got up after sacking Manziel in the third quarter.
It was a rough day for Johnny Football… which spilled onto social media with some fans referring to him as “Johnny Interception.”