Berea, OH (WOIO) - Johnny Manziel still has a shot to unseat Brian Hoyer as the Browns starting quarterback, but he'd better impress big-time in Washington, D.C. on Monday night.
"Sure he can", Pettine told reporters following Friday's practice. "Like I said, all of our options are still on the table. He just needs to go out and play. That's the bottom line. They both do. I've met with both of them and discussed the situation. They're both comfortable with it, and they both know it's going to be up to them when they're out there to just go out and do their job. You never want a guy to try and do too much and come out of structure in order to accomplish something. We keep preaching to our guys, 'Do your job and good things will happen.'"
Hoyer will get the start, his second straight in this preseason, but Pettine made it clear the two quarterbacks will rotate, and both will get a chance to go against the Redskins first-team defense in the first half.
"Yeah, and I'm expecting, it being the second preseason game, that they're going to extend their starters into the second quarter if not until the half. I know I don't have control over when their guys are out there, but I'm confident that he'll get some work against their ones", Pettine said.
Pettine also said he'll take several factors into account when making his final decision, which will likely come Tuesday.
"I don't know if I can say, 'Hey, this is the amount,' but it does. You're looking for the whole package - the quarterback who's best suited to take the field and lead this team to a win against the (Pittsburgh) Steelers. That's the bottom-line decision that we have to make. There will be a lot of things that go into it."