Johnny Manziel Sent Back to the Bench, Josh McCown Named Browns Starter

Johnny Manziel benched week 3

It’s back to the bench for Johnny Manziel.

The former Heisman Trophy winner looked pretty good on Sunday, throwing for 172 yards and two touchdowns during the Cleveland Browns’ 28-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans, but apparently it wasn’t good enough for Browns head coach Mike Pettine and the team’s front office, who have decided to go back to Josh McCown.

McCown left the Browns’ week one contest against the Jets after sustaining a concussion in the first quarter. With Cleveland forced to turn to Manziel, Johnny Football responded by throwing just one touchdown while turning the ball over three times during a 31-10 loss. He showed vast improvement during his start against the Titans in week 2, but it wasn’t enough to convince the Browns’ coaching staff that he’s ready to take over at the moment.

Here’s what Pettine said about the decision during his press conference earlier today:

“[McCown’s] done everything that we’ve asked of him in the offseason, so far this year. He’d earned the right to be our starting quarterback. We feel that he gives us the best opportunity to win on Sunday, and that truly was the basis for the decision…

“[Manziel’s] making great strides. If he continues to make strides really, he can get where we all want him to be. But just where we are right now, we look forward to Josh leading the offense against the Raiders on Sunday.”

Sounds like Manziel may one day get the chance to lead the Browns’ offense on a regular basis. That day is just not today.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]

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