Johnny Manziel and the Montreal Alouettes had a lead in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t close out a win in Ottawa.
Manziel lost his second CFL start, but did not throw an interception. He finished completing 16-of-26 passes for 168 yards and rushed three times for 36 yards. The Alouettes No. 1 quarterback felt it was an improvement from his initial outing in the three-down game.
“Better, we didn’t turn the ball over, I didn’t throw four picks in the first half. Anything is better than last week. This is what I anticipated from our guys, I told them no matter what we put ourselves in a good position to win this game,” Manziel said.
“I felt like I made some mistakes down the road that I felt I could’ve been better at to keep those drives alive, but nevertheless I don’t want anybody getting discouraged based off how that game ended out. It’s not about that, it’s not about wins and losses right now, it’s about coming together as a team and as a unit and showing improvement. That’s how I look at it, it sucks to lose the game, I’m not sitting here saying I’m happy with the outcome of the game, but as far as improvement goes we’re a lot closer than we were a week ago. If we continue to make those strides I feel we’ll be OK.”
During the third quarter, Manziel nearly accounted for his first CFL touchdown when he took off for the end zone. Redblacks defensive back Jonathan Rose put a huge hit on Manziel which popped the ball loose, it was recovered by offensive lineman Kristian Matte for a touchdown, and the dual threat quarterback appeared to feel the effects of the collision.
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“Like I ran into a brick wall. That defence was fast, that defence was big and aggressive…they hit hard, they’re quick. No matter what you’re not going to take me out like that, I’m going to come back and keep fighting, it’s going to take a lot more,” Manziel said.
“I have to give a lot of props to their defence, I felt like they held strong and made us miss some things.”
The Alouettes scored 17 points in the loss, six more than Manziel and the offence managed a week ago.
“Two weeks into this, you see the improvement from us as an offence,” Manziel said. “It’s a very efficient league and that’s the thing I’m continuing to learn: you can’t miss. Second down is money down. We gotta continue to be better on those money downs.”
Montreal falls to 1-7 on the season, the worst record in the league and last in the East Division.
“I want to be the quarterback of this team and this city,” Manziel said. “I take pride in leading these guys. These guys mean a lot to me and I hope they continue to believe in me. It sucks when you don’t see results.”