Report: Johnny Manziel Loses Starting QB Job, Dropped to 3rd String
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine suggested that he may consider stripping Johnny Manziel of his starting duties after finding out that the 2014 first-round draft pick spent last Thursday and Friday night drinking and partying in Austin, Texas.
Well, it appears as though Pettine is done considering. Earlier today he announced that Josh McCown would take over as the Browns’ starting quarterback and Manziel would be demoted to third-stringer.
Here’s Pettine’s official statement on the matter, via the Cleveland Browns’ website:
“Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback on Monday night against the Ravens. I informed the quarterbacks of that decision after I sat down and spoke with Johnny, Flip (John DeFilippo) and Kevin (O’Connell) after practice today. Johnny will be the third quarterback. I’ve spoken to Ray (Farmer) and Jimmy (Haslam) to inform them of my decision, and they are in full support.
“Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room. I’m especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard. The improvements from last year to this year have been tremendous but he still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level. It goes well beyond the field. We are going to continue to support him in every way possible, but at this point, we’ve decided it’s best to go with Josh as the starter going forward.”
This demotion to third-string duties has got to suck for Johnny Football, but considering how little he’s accomplished in his first year-and-a-half in the NFL (a 1-4 record in five career starts), he’s lucky to still be employed.
Smarten up, Johnny!