Just a week ago, the Cleveland Browns football organization made the decision to start quarterback, Johnny Manziel, for the remainder of the season. The announcement came when he came off a 372-yard passing performance in a tough loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, November 15th. He played well and Coach Mike Pettine thought he deserved a chance at further opportunities. Pettine made Manziel aware that he should respect the organization and not do anything to embarrass the team during their bye week. Unfortunately, things didn’t exactly play out the way the team would have liked.
Manziel’s problems off the field
There was a reason coach Pettine wanted to make sure Manziel didn’t do anything to cost him a chance to maintain the starting quarterback position. On October 12, Manziel got into an argument with his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, just off Interstate 90 in Ohio. Police reports claim that the two began arguing when Crowley threw Manziel’s wallet out of the car window. Once he pulled over to retrieve the wallet, police became involved. Crowley told police she was trying to get out of the car, but Manziel pulled her back in. The officer on scene only noticed a small cut on Crowley’s arm. Manziel was not charged, and the league did not believe there was enough evidence to discipline him, even though there were concerns over what happened.
Recent actions of Manziel during the bye week
It was announced Tuesday, November 24th, that Manziel lost his starting quarterback position, and will be the third string, behind Josh McCown, and Austin Davis. Photos and videos released on social media and TMZ.com showed Johnny Manziel singing and holding a bottle of champagne at a party at Texas A&M. The actual date of the video was unknown, but was released at the wrong time, and Manziel lost trust from his team members. Coach Mike Pettine made the following statement, “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.”
The Browns moving forward
It was the decision of Head coach Pettine to move Manziel to the third string quarterback position, but he did so with support from general manager, Ray Farmer and owner, Jimmy Haslam. Unfortunately, he did not live up to his responsibility as a starting quarterback. We wonder how this will affect the team throughout the rest of the season. Will Johnny Manziel even have a career with the Browns, or any other NFL team, after this season is over? We will have to wait and see!