Manziel on ugly 30-0 loss: 'This is just a little bump'

BY foxsports • December 15, 2014

BEREA, Ohio -- Less than 24 hours after making his first NFL start, Johnny Manziel says he's ready to put the 30-0 drubbing by the Bengals behind him.

"I think we'll be fine and this is just a little bump," Manziel said Monday afternoon. "Now, the biggest thing is to see how everybody responds and come back and focus on Carolina this week and get a win."

Manziel was just 10-of-18 for 80 yards and two interceptions in his debut, yet he feels there were some positives.

"I think we showed some flashes there," Manziel said. "It wasn't all bad. We only got 38, 40 plays. That's not a ton of looks. Obviously, we left a lot of plays on the field that we want back. I left some throws that I want back and as a group I think we did that.

"I just think it was a bit of a different day, a little bit of an off day for us and that's really what I'm going to chalk it up to."

Manziel was asked what positives he can take from the game.

"I don't think there's anything from that game getting beat 30-0 that's going to make you pump your fist," Manziel said. "But going through our progressions we were just one person off on plays. It takes all 11 guys to make it work."

Manziel said it is the first game as a quarterback that he was shut out.

"It's the first game I've not scored a point in and been shut out," Manziel said. "I've played in a lot of games in high school and college and (Sunday's) game and I had never been shut out until then."

Manziel said he felt he was prepared and ready for his first start, but it obviously didn't go the way he had planned.

"You just don't really envision that in your head when you have a really good week of practice and you feel really prepared, really confident going into the game," Manziel said. "Then something like that happens, it catches you off guard, but definitely the way we prepared and going through the week of practice, the outcome was definitely the biggest surprise."

Manziel said he was humbled by the experience.

"It was tough," he said. "It's very humbling. This game obviously has its ups and downs, and (Sunday) was one of those days that didn't go our way. It's very humbling."

Manziel said he feels he and the offense can eliminate the mistakes that cost them against the Bengals.

"Our mistakes were made at too critical of times," Manziel said. "Obviously, I made a couple of mistakes that I would like to take back, but after watching the film and putting that (game) to rest and learn from it."

Manziel said he has not lost any confidence and will have no problem in bouncing back for this week's game with the Panthers.

"We're fine," he said. "We're going to regroup and put that to bed. It's in the past and you move on. People are going to have bad games and a bad game as a unit, the biggest thing is how we're going to respond when some of this adversity hits us. It's the end of the year, but we want to see people in the locker room excited and still trying to finish out the season on a positive note."

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