Jason La Canfora reports that there is “sweeping support” from various segments of the Browns organization to start QB Johnny Manziel over Josh McCown.
However, HC Mike Pettine has refused to go with the second-year quarterback, even with the Browns’ season likely over when it comes to playoff hopes. La Canfora mentions that Pettine’s refusal to play Manziel “may only hasten the coach’s own demise.”
Everyone from ownership on down is reportedly ready to see what Manziel can do with a larger opportunity, and Pettine’s handling of the situation may only further the divide between personnel and coaching within the Browns.
Members of the organization want to get an idea of what the offense would look like with Manziel, even if it involves him scrambling more and not hanging in the pocket like a traditional quarterback.
In the end, La Canfora believes both Pettine and GM Ray Farmer could out next year, especially when you consider that the team is just 2-12 over their last 14 games dating back to last season.
Of course, Manziel will start today’s game against the Steelers, but this has more to do with McCown suffering an injury than Pettine deciding it was time to go with younger quarterback.
This season, Manziel has appeared in five games and thrown for 561 yards while completing 51.8 percent of his passes to go along with four touchdowns and an interception. Manziel has also ran for 73 yards.