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Pettine says Haslam would never insert himself in draft decisions

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The increasing chatter that Cleveland will choose the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel with the fourth overall pick has led to speculation that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam might be pushing for the move. But Browns coach Mike Pettine says Haslam isn’t pushing for Manziel, or for any other draft pick.

Pettine told Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network that Haslam wouldn’t tell the football people what to do during the draft.

“That would never happen,” Pettine said.

Perhaps that’s why, according to Jay Glazer on FOX Sports Radio, the Browns will not draft Manziel. An owner who’s interested in selling tickets would surely love to add Johnny Football, but the football people in the building may have decided that they’re better off taking another player at another position.

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30 Responses to “Pettine says Haslam would never insert himself in draft decisions”
  1. rowdymon says: May 6, 2014 7:11 PM

    That would never happen because he just fires them instead…

  2. Matt dog from C-town says: May 6, 2014 7:12 PM

    Pettine’s just covering for his boss….What Jimmy wants, Jimmy gets!

  3. dude1988 says: May 6, 2014 7:14 PM

    even with the browns being terrible since they came back in 99, they still sell out almost every game. selling tickets should be the last thing on their mind with this pick.

  4. djbrowns96 says: May 6, 2014 7:17 PM

    Thank GOD! In Farmer we trust. Unless he takes someone other than Watkins.

  5. djaehne says: May 6, 2014 7:17 PM

    Too bad Manziel will already be chosen prior to Cleveland’s pick

  6. jimnaizeeum says: May 6, 2014 7:17 PM

    Pettine says Haslam would never insert himself in draft decisions

    But also says to watch your gasoline bills…closely

  7. dws123 says: May 6, 2014 7:17 PM

    Thursday can’t get here soon enough.

  8. winstonjed44 says: May 6, 2014 7:20 PM

    Never is a strong word.

  9. dalcow4 says: May 6, 2014 7:22 PM

    If I owned a team, I would definitely be involved in draft decisions. Sometimes you can’t trust GMs and HCs on picks because they will do whatever is best for them to add one or more years to their time taking your money.

  10. urbusted2 says: May 6, 2014 7:22 PM

    The Browns’ home games are normally sold out. They need football players, not ticket sales people.

  11. kwjsb says: May 6, 2014 7:24 PM

    If you have ever been in retail, Jimmy’s business you learn a quick lesson, when the office personnel do the hiring and something goes wrong, the store manager would reply “It’s that idiot you hired” … after the first one of those you let them hire their own idiot’s so you can hold them responsible when things go wrong….

  12. mazenblue says: May 6, 2014 7:30 PM

    More draft news. OOOOOHHHHH I cant wait till they push it up to July next year. More revenue ya know.

  13. Norseman says: May 6, 2014 7:32 PM

    There is no decision in Cleveland. Manziel is it.

  14. bennyb82 says: May 6, 2014 7:38 PM

    If Cleveland takes Watkins, they are a QB away from being pretty good. If Hoyer is healthy and plays like he did last year, the Browns could have their best season in a long time.

  15. TheDPR says: May 6, 2014 7:39 PM

    I don’t think Manziel will fall to #4. If he does, they’ll take him.

  16. pooflingingmonkey says: May 6, 2014 7:43 PM

    If the Browns take Manziel, they’ll wish they hadn’t. The linebackers in the AFC North will break him into little pieces if he scrambles.

    That may have worked in college, but imagine Vontaze Burfict vs Manzeil in the open field.

  17. buffalodiehard says: May 6, 2014 7:50 PM

    Johnny Manziel=Bo Callahan

  18. gwheels52 says: May 6, 2014 7:52 PM

    Jeez, this is starting to sound like a plot of a movie.

  19. vikingsmightwinone says: May 6, 2014 7:57 PM

    Please draft Manizel so he is off the board before the Vikes pick

  20. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 6, 2014 8:33 PM

    You know what fills seats winning. You win when you draft good players. If you are drafting someone to sell tickets you are doomed

    If they dont take Watkins, and he is available, they will be 5-11 again. Watkins is the best player in the draft

  21. knowerofallthings says: May 6, 2014 8:45 PM

    why is he meeting with Parcells and Gruden and what would he do with the information? Obviously he wants to voice his opinion and he’s shown already to be very impatient

  22. brownsclown says: May 6, 2014 8:48 PM

    Too bad Dumturdi is fetching lattes and snacks for the N E coaching staff-the only job in the NFL he is qualified for. That leaves all his media ‘homies’ in the dark, a place Dumbturdi knows well!

  23. titansbro says: May 6, 2014 9:03 PM

    As much as they have been terrible the browns don’t need help selling tickets,

  24. cguy7 says: May 6, 2014 9:18 PM

    Jimmah is the next Jerrah. (and I’m a Browns fan) Texans will take Manziel, McNair will overrule Smith and they’ll buckle and take him. They would’ve traded out already if they didn’t…

  25. kev86 says: May 6, 2014 9:28 PM

    Never?

  26. ytownjoe says: May 6, 2014 9:54 PM

    The only thing that sells football tickets is winning football games. So how have the Browns managed to sell out almost every football game since ’99?
    Some 80-90% of Browns seats are filled by season ticket holders with some of them held by family members who have bought them for 40 or 50 years.
    I don’t believe this can continue without the team winning, I don’t care who is the quarterback.

  27. sportzpig says: May 6, 2014 10:56 PM

    He’s too busy running his gas scams to mess around with Browns personnel decisions..

  28. jsho4realyo says: May 6, 2014 11:50 PM

    The problem with taking Watkins is that we have Josh Gordon and, if he stays clean, is our clear #1. We won’t need someone with as much production as Watkins will give. The logical choice if Watkins is still on the board is to trade down…. you will get a kings bounty for that pick. Nothing like the Redskins gave the Rams, but you may warrant another first rounder + a second rounder.

  29. coachbeck says: May 7, 2014 7:26 AM

    Browns aren’t almost always sold out lol

    Unless the people are all dressed as orange seats

  30. 1historian says: May 7, 2014 11:23 AM

    “How To Build a Successful Franchise”

    by Robert Kraft, owner New England Patriots

    1) Hire the right person
    2) Sign the checks
    3) Stay out of the way

    (Also – hold your breath, fart twice and bow to Mecca when the 199th pick is made)

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