Former NFL running back Cedric Benson was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence last week in Austin, Texas, and the field sobriety tests didn’t go well. Benson was asked to recite the alphabet, and he told the arresting officer he cannot remember the alphabet as a result of playing football.
Benson was observed going 42 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. He made an improper turn and changed lanes without signaling, and then he was pulled over in a 7-11 parking lot.
He did not follow instructions to remain in his car, and instead tried to walk inside the convenience store. The arrest affidavit described Benson as “talkative, uncooperative [and] cocky,” and said he had glassy eyes, was swaying, and smelled of alcohol.
Manziel impressed when given his first significant playing time, relieving a struggling Hoyer and immediately driving the Browns downfield for their only touchdown against the Bills, a 10-yard keeper. The rookie attempted just eight passes, but the performance was impressive enough that Pettine acknowledged after the game that the staff would consider turning to Manziel full time.
Pettine ultimately decided to stick with Hoyer against the Colts, a decision that backfired with the loss.
A change at quarterback is rare for a team in the heart of a division race in December, but Hoyer’s recent struggles leave the Browns with little choice. In his last four starts, Hoyer has thrown eight interceptions to just one touchdown and completed a paltry 50 percent of his passes. Cleveland has lost three of those four games, going from first to worst in the AFC North.