A day removed from the 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said on Monday that he was not prepared to name Johnny Manziel the starter.
"“I am not prepared to say that, but that is a conversation that certainly will be had," Pettine said when asked if he was prepared to name Manziel the starting quarterback, given his performance on Sunday.
"“We will talk about all of it. To go back to yesterday and echo – the film showed it even more – he showed significant progress. That was one of the better quarterbacking performances. You take the first play out – which you can’t forget about, the ball slipped out of his hand – but the fact that he rallied from that, being on the road in that environment I have seen where things have gone bad early and guys go in the tank and they get that glazed look in their eye. He was the exact opposite. He was loose. He was into it. I thought he did an outstanding job in between series getting input from the other quarterbacks and Flip (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) and on the headset with Kev (quarterbacks coach Kevin O’Connell). I just thought the improvement that he made from the Cincinnati game to this one, it was a leap. Given what he has gone through, you are just proud of the kid and happy for him. Wish we had a better result from a team standpoint because – pardon my French – he played his (expletive) off," Pettine followed up with when asked what factors in the starting quarterback decision.
Johnny Manziel threw for 372 yards with one touchdown and two turnovers. In his three starts in 2015, Manziel has piled up 712 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
Mike Pettine is more than halfway through his second season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, he is 9-17 as head coach, losing 13 of his last 15 games.
The Browns head into the bye week at 2-8 with plenty of time to regroup and refresh, they will take on the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night football in week 12. The Browns defeated the Ravens in Week 5, 33-30 in an overtime win.
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