Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said on Tuesday that Johnny Manziel will remain the starting quarterback for the Dec. 22 road game against the Carolina Panthers.
Johnny Manziel is still the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns.
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Browns head coach Mike Pettine told NFL.com's Chris Wesseling that the team is "moving forward with (Manziel) at quarterback." He went on to say that Cleveland's issues go beyond those of Manziel after watching game film.
Pettine even referenced 1980 NFL MVP Brian Sipe when he spoke with Wesseling. He said,"We could have played Brian Sipe at quarterback yesterday and I don't think the outcome would've been much different."
The Cleveland head coach also believes Manziel has done all he could at practice. Not only that, he sees Manziel improving in the Browns' last two games, per NFL.com.
Pettine also stressed to Wesseling that the number of Manziel's naysayers should not dissuade the Browns from putting faith in the No. 22 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft.
However, he feels there will still be doubts about Manziel even if he exceeds execatations moving forward, per The Northeast Ohio Media Group's Mary Kay Cabot:
"We'll have a sense, but it's something that I don't think is going to confirm one way or the other the opinion. He could hit it out of the park the next two and there'll still be doubts. He could not play very well the next two, there'd be a ton of doubts.
"We're going to see him play and then see how it goes from there. We can't look back and say we wish we had played him more games now that we're all for intents and purproses close to being eliminated, so we'll see."
It will be interesting to see how Manziel responds to the challenge. He was anything but impressive in his starting debut on Dec. 14 against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals in a 30-0 shutout loss. Manziel was 10 of 18 for just 80 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions for a 27.3 passer rating.
The Bengals even got in on the act, flashing Manziel's famous money sign whenever they stymied the Browns' quarterback last Sunday. Among those who did so were defensive end Wallace Gilberry and defensive tackle Brandon Thompson after they sacked Manziel during different points of the game. Cincinnati linebacker Ray Maualuga also flashed Manziel's money sign after he batted down one of his passes. However, Maualuga was slapped with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the process.
Manziel acknowledged he failed to live up to the hype, calling the game the worst he's ever played in at any level, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. He quipped,"First time I've ever not scored a point or been shut out. Played in a lot of games, through high school and through college. Never been shut out, so it's definitely tough."
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar sprang to Manziel's defense in a Dec. 15 interview on The Triv Show on Cleveland's WTAM 1100, saying Manziel has limited weapons and the front office is "uneducated":
"We're limited with our weapons offensively and it is somewhat of a tough spot for Johnny given this team and given this organization.
"When you have a front office that's really uneducated, and I'm not talking about just the coach, there's way above him that deserves this, they don't know how to lead and organize and set a culture to play winning football, to win in the NFL consistently."
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