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Pettine says Browns will discuss how to use Manziel next week


Johnny Manziel did some Johnny Manziel things last night for the Browns.

Which is making head coach Mike Pettine think about ways to involve his backup quarterback next week in Pittsburgh.

It’s something we’ll discuss,” Pettine said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I don’t know if that’s necessarily something just because of tonight. We’ll have discussions on how we want to game plan and how we want to use those guys. I think one of the reasons that Brian [Hoyer] and the first team did look better tonight is because we didn’t mix the reps and he got all the reps with the No. 1’s. A big part of tonight was getting those guys playing together and getting that cohesion.”

Hoyer authored a steady 13-play touchdown drive in his one chance to play, but Manziel came through with some highlight plays.

He was 6-of-17 passing for 83 yards and a touchdown, missing a number of open receivers and getting a few others drilled. But he also ran for 55 yards on four carries, and was able to improvise enough to move the offense, getting a pair of field goals and a touchdown in five drives.

“He did [make some big plays],” Pettine said. “I think he had a couple of drops too, so I don’t think his numbers ended up what they maybe should have been. That’s who he is. Somebody said on the sideline, ‘There’s Johnny being Johnny.’ There was one play where it was ‘no, no, no, yes, yes, yes’ — and that was just typical of his playmaking ability.”

That’s what the Browns drafted, and that’s what they need to figure out how to use, for good or for ill.

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25 Responses to “Pettine says Browns will discuss how to use Manziel next week”
  1. pftbro says: Aug 29, 2014 7:01 AM

    Watched the game, the kid can flat-out play, fun to watch, tires out defenses…

  2. bcboncs says: Aug 29, 2014 7:02 AM

    Pettine looks like he’s proud of his own child in that photo haha. Rare photo indeed.

  3. gixrider says: Aug 29, 2014 7:15 AM

    Unfortunately for the Browns, those “no, no, no, yes, yes, yes,” type quarterbacks tend to get coaches fired because for every spectacular “yes!” there comes several “NOOOOO!!!”‘s. Those type guys will win some games for you, but generally speaking, not championships.

  4. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 29, 2014 7:16 AM

    6 of 17 for 83 yards and a td, yikes. Meanwhile the 32nd overall pick in May’s draft wraps up the exhibition season 30-of-49 passing for 283 yards and a 5:0 TD-to-INT ratio. His passer rating was 111.2. That’s Bridgewater kids!

  5. ctiggs says: Aug 29, 2014 7:43 AM

    He CANT throw deep at ALL. lol #Nobodyhasitbetter

  6. 6ball says: Aug 29, 2014 7:45 AM

    ” No word yet on the missing 21 NFL first rounders taken before Manziel. We now return to our originally scheduled programming”

  7. frostyviking says: Aug 29, 2014 7:57 AM

    Tebow II

  8. countmahdrof says: Aug 29, 2014 8:00 AM


  9. bullhurleysweat says: Aug 29, 2014 8:44 AM

    How about using him as starting gd quarterback! I hate being a fan of these degenerates.

  10. qdog112 says: Aug 29, 2014 8:57 AM

    Yeah, 6/17, that’s why they drafted him alright. It’s too late to try to save face. The one big play he had was a scramble, where he waved the football around, scrabling right and threw back to Burleson for a decent gain.

    I contend that this kind of unpredictability is not sustainable. You can’t win on wildcat plays. But what else are the Browns gonna say – we made a big mistake?

  11. denverdude7 says: Aug 29, 2014 8:58 AM

    Hoyer and/or Manziel = 5 – 11.

    Gotta love the Factory of Sadness.

  12. senorpapino says: Aug 29, 2014 9:04 AM

    He looked absolutely awful passing the ball last night. Underthrowing and throwing behind receivers, running with the ball loose, and still has no pocket presence. Looks like he hasn’t improved at all since the 1st preseason game.

  13. harveyredman says: Aug 29, 2014 9:06 AM

    Pettine is either delusional with his post game comments about Manziel’s play, or is he just trying to polish a turd.

    Manziel looked absolutely awful. His deep throws were so far off target it was embarrassing. But yeah, he did scramble a little bit. And that 5’11” , 199 lbs frame that is barely faster than D-lineman is in for a rough ride if that is all he has.

  14. sean222 says: Aug 29, 2014 9:09 AM

    When Manziel learns this offends and can run it no huddle, I would like to see all the haters man up when this kid does well. I think people forget that the 2 QBs out west barely threw the ball in their first two years but had great defenses to fall back on. Experts are in love with Wilson and he is below league average in everything. Give it time.

  15. clownsfan says: Aug 29, 2014 9:19 AM

    Just let him sit Mike. Pettine’s is going to over-think his way to the unemployment line. Just run the ball and pray your DEF is as good as you think it is.

  16. officialgame says: Aug 29, 2014 9:27 AM

    I haven’t seen anything from Manzeil to think he is anything more the a mid level backup QB at best. One has to remember teams haven’t even game planned for him and he wasn’t “Johnny Football” he would be Johnny on the bubble.

  17. gpatrick15 says: Aug 29, 2014 9:33 AM

    The quickest way to alienate Hoyer and have the fans calling for Manziel will be to use Manziel in any capacity above being the backup. If Hoyer’s the guy, play him. It’s as simple as that. Once the fans get a whiff of Manziel, good or bad, they’re going to be clamoring for him the moment Hoyer struggles. Ask Kyle Orton how it felt when the fans were asking for Tebow. Ask McNabb (as useless as his opinion is, usually) how it felt to lose all rhythm he may have had going when they brought Vick in for a few plays. Hoyer won the job fair and square. If they really think he’s the best chance they have at winning, leave Johnny Football on the bench. This is a rookie mistake that could backfire quickly on Pettine.

  18. ytownjoe says: Aug 29, 2014 9:51 AM

    The Bears did not play their starters.

    Johnny got away with playing backyard football by outrunning the Bears scrubs. His passing accuracy was horrible. Heaven help the Browns if he starts.

  19. 2difshoe says: Aug 29, 2014 11:24 AM

    I have to LOL ! It was the Bears 3rd string team fighting to make the practice squad.

    If Pettine is impressed with Manziels performance against a 3rd string D, Cleveland has BIG problems.

    Bears 3rd string QB Fales outplayed Manziel, looked sharper and more versed in reading a defense, something Manziel needs plenty of work on. I will give Manziel the edge on continuing plays, rolling dollar bills in a restroom, and hanging with Justin Bieber. Maybe the reason Fales outplayed Johnny Football.

  20. usedjock says: Aug 29, 2014 11:47 AM

    6ball says: Aug 29, 2014 7:45 AM

    ” No word yet on the missing 21 NFL first rounders taken before Manziel. We now return to our originally scheduled programming”

    It still needs to be determined if other players play in the NFL besides Johnny Fratboy. I am starting to think he is the only guy playing.

  21. shadylamp says: Aug 29, 2014 1:08 PM

    How about using him as starting gd quarterback! I hate being a fan of these degenerates.

    I don’t know what game you were watching but Manziel looked horrible against a bunch of guys that most likely aren’t even going to make the team.

    – His throws were not only NOT accurate but in some cases not even the vicinity of any receiver.
    – His throws were high and he was hanging receivers out to dry.
    – Did you see his one “DEEP” throw? This is seriously alarming.
    -He can’t take a big hit without coughing up the football
    – Johnny football needs to change his name to “Johnny glorified running back”

    Just awful performance against 3d string scrubs.
    Hoyer is by far a better QB and it’s not even close.

  22. sewalters79 says: Aug 29, 2014 2:52 PM

    Why no mention of the 3-4 drops by his receivers? Mainly, the 40 yarder by Barnridge??

  23. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 29, 2014 3:44 PM

    Does’nt really matter Hoyer or Manziel for opener. They could start Rex Grossman against Pittsburgh and still pull off a victory. The Steelers really are not a very good football team. Fans and media are still hanging on the good steeler teams of the past, and want to believe this team is a playoff contender. THey will dwell in the bottom of the AFC North for several more years.

  24. td40 says: Aug 29, 2014 4:28 PM

    Where are all the Johnny jockriders to defend him today?

    Funny how, in every Browns post, the “Swag Brigade” fills the comments section with how Hoyer is awful and Manziel is the second coming of Jesus in pads. After Johnny Clipboard’s horrible performance last night, they seem to be MIA.

    Where are they? Where is “brownsmakemecrazy”?

  25. dustydad says: Aug 29, 2014 5:56 PM

    He can hold the clipboard since he is second string.

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