The Cleveland Browns are reportedly going to name quarterback Johnny Manziel the start for the rest of the season. Head coach Mike Pettine, who is battling for his job, has elected to give the job to the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Pettine made the switch to Manziel from Josh McCown, who started the majority of the season.
Manziel has only started five games in his two-year career, including three this season. His latest start came on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pettine and the coaching staff had to make this call to truly see if Manziel could be their franchise quarterback moving forward. At this moment, before Sunday’s big game, he’s been a bust.
With the remaining games left, they’ll have more time to evaluate if Manziel could be their quarterback of the future, like they’ve thought he was when they drafted him last year. If they don’t think so after this experiment, it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s on the move in the off-season.
He went 33 of 45 for a career-high 372 passing yards and a touchdown in the team’s 30-9 loss. He also had an interception, but came away with a 95.8 rating.
“I’m not prepared to say that, but that’s a conversation that certainly will be had,” Pettine said after the game with the Steelers. “We’ll talk about all of it.”
This season, he’s appeared in six games, with only one win. In the Sept. 20th game against the woeful Tennessee Titans, the Browns won 28-14.
In that game, he went 8-of-15 for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
This season, he’s gone 76-of-128 for 933 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has fumbled five times, including once on Sunday.
In the losses that he’s played in, he’s gone 69-of-113 for 761 yards with three touchdowns to two interceptions. His longest pass of his career came in a loss with a 61-yard pass.