There is sweeping support for Johnny Manziel to take over as starter for the Cleveland Browns throughout various segments of the organization, to the point where the refusal by coach Mike Pettine to make the change may only hasten the coach’s own demise. The Browns are once again mired in what appears to be a lost season, with major changes in football operations and coaching likely looming again. It is no secret within the organization that owner Jimmy Haslem, a major proponent of drafting the talented but troubled Manziel in 2014, would like to get a good look at the quarterback now rather than continue to move forward with McCown, who has played well and is highly respected but who is not a part of the team’s long-term future.
- Manziel, while hardly spectacular, has performed well, by and large, in two spot starts filling in for injured veteran Josh McCown.
- Sticking with McCown at this point might not quite be akin to a coaching mutiny, and Pettine certainly has the ability to start players as he sees fit per his contract, but to disregard a sentiment this sweeping would serve to only further divide a building that has long suffered from issues between personnel and coaching and would call Pettine’s decision-making further into question internally if not externally.
- Furthermore, how Manziel is utilized will also be monitored closely, with the idea, as espoused by Pettine during a sideline interview at halftime of last Thursday’s loss at Cincinnati, that Manziel needs to make more plays within the pocket.