Z Files: Coach Sam's take on Farmer and Pettine

Z Files: Coach Sam's take on Farmer and Pettine

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Another embarrassing loss to the Steelers (that makes 21 out of the past 24), another notch in Mike Pettine's belt (13 losses in his last 15 games), another week of speculation concerning this coaching staff.

And this week is the bye week, so I asked former Browns coach Sam Rutigliano, a two-time NFL Coach Of The Year, on the "Fifth Quarter on CLE 43 if he'd be surprised if the Browns made the move to fire Pettine this week.

"No, I think you have to make the move, and if they do, I'd make sure Ray Farmer is in the taxicab with him", Rutigliano said, citing the multiple failed high draft picks over the past couple of years.

On this day, Johnny Manziel wasn't one of those failures, completing 33 of 45 for 372 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

Manziel also had a Houdini-like electrifying run late in the third quarter that set the Browns up at the Steelers' one yard line, and Johnny ended up leading the Browns in rushing overall, with 17 yards, which speaks more to the failures of this coaching staff, and the inability to run the football, than anything else.

As does the fact that after Johnny's spectacular play, the Browns failed to score, thanks to two penalties and a sack.

In all, the Browns were penalized 12 times for a staggering 188 yards, once again showing the lack of discipline and composure that, yes, in the end, falls on the coaches.

Jimmy Haslam told Cleveland.com after the game that there would be "no changes" this week.

But Rutigliano called that the 'kiss of death', pointing out that he was told by Art Modell one morning during the 1984 season that he had nothing to worry about.

Rutigliano laughingly recalled that he was fired that night.

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