After Tebowmania, Johnny Football a breeze for Mike Pettine


Perhaps the reason Browns coach Mike Pettine can seem so normal talking about the hype surrounding quarterback Johnny Manziel is the fact he had ringside seats for the Tim Tebow experiment in New York.

Pettine said that experience helped him handle the current one, thought there was a distinction.

“The circumstances are different,” Pettine said, via Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Tebow was an established NFL player, he wasn’t coming in as a rookie, unproven. It’s a little easier for us with Manziel because he understands he earned Johnny Football as a college player and nobody understands it more than him. It’s like, ‘Listen, I don’t want to be named starter coming out of the draft.’

“People criticize us for referring to him as a backup. That’s what he is. It would have been a disservice to the other 80-some players in the locker room and it would have been a service to him carrying that burden of ‘What have you done to deserve this?’ We all want him to be successful but there is a process that has to occur and he has to go through it.”

While there’s an air of inevitability about Manziel ascending to the starting job, he’s also handled himself at all football events the way a rookie should.

Whether he’s partying in Las Vegas with Rob Gronkowski or preaching on his weekends off shouldn’t matter, if the work gets done during the week.

21 responses to “After Tebowmania, Johnny Football a breeze for Mike Pettine

  1. I’m sure it will be a lot easier without a certain defensive coordinator running to the media with team sensitive information.

  2. He’s not a backup! Their OC runs a system for mobile QB’s & the incumbent is coming off major knee surgery. Add in him being a 1st round pick this year; only a gullible person thinks Johnny is 2nd string material, he’ll start week 1.

  3. And who exactly is creating this air of inevitability? You perhaps?

    Bottom line is this kid is going to have a hard time beating out Hoyer any time soon. He best get used to wearing a cap with a silly flat bill.

  4. He hasn’t weathered that storm, just wait until they don’t start him at the beginning of the year & they aren’t winning… fans will be frothing with Johnny Football chants/coaching criticism. Lets hope it doesn’t come to that.

  5. A couple things are apparent, 1) Pettine and Farmer didn’t want Manziel and 2) Haslam did, along with his homeless pal.

    This will not end well. After being lauded as a straight-shooter, Pettine is now having to politicize his comments to comport with the owner’s wishes. What Pettine saw with Tebow does not compare with this, because he is the HC now.

    This is awkward for the Browns, who are being pushed toward making a political choice at QB. It’s American Idol and Justin Bieber will win the QB job, even if he doesn’t deserve it.

  6. Hoyer is only starting because he came from a cheating organization. New England still hasn’t won a Superbowl. Hahaha. Back to an empty stadium in two years!

  7. You can’t compare the two situations. Manziel can throw, Tebow can’t. Likewise, Manziel trusts in his team’s system and training, Tebow relies on make-believe magic and fables written by scientifically illiterate Bronze Age middle eastern mystics.

  8. This isn’t complicated at all. Pettine will play the quarterback who wins the competition. That’s what he has been saying and there is no reason not to believe him.

    And there’s no way Farmer took Manziel at the owner’s bidding. If that was the case, why didn’t he grab a wide receiver in the second round? That’s what every expert was telling him to do, right? Or why didn’t he take the more highly rated Borland over Kirksey in the 3rd round?

    There is no awkwardness. It’s straight up competition at all positions like it should be. Farmer said he stuck to his board and I don’t see any evidence to the contrary.

  9. How about we all chill until we actually see Johnny & Brian play FOOTBALL to make any determinations on whether or not each merits the starting job?

    Speculation and bust predictions in June are hilarious.

    I predict that Hoyer will start, play well, get a concussion in game 6, and JF will play well in relief. Then we have a QB controversy and the real mess will begin, and the distractions will turn yet another season of hope and promise into a dumpster fire, and a 6-10 record.

    God I hope I am wrong…. (and I’m a Browns Fan)

  10. realnflmaster says:Jun 9, 2014 9:33 AM

    Hoyer is only starting because he came from a cheating organization. New England still hasn’t won a Superbowl. Hahaha. Back to an empty stadium in two years!


    Trolling on the Patriots on a Browns article about Manziel? Don’t you have your own team to cheer for?

  11. ctiggs says:Jun 9, 2014 8:49 AM

    Like Tebow, he will be out of the league in 3 years.


    Some people love him, some want him to fail so badly.

    I think everyone should just expect what you would out of any other middle first round pick. He should take a year to adjust and then become the starter. Then he should be good enough to compete for the division by year 3 at the latest.

    Only time will tell. Even if he is a phenom, their team isn’t all around good enough for them to win the division in the first year.

  12. “Tebow was an established NFL player”…wait, what? Did he say that with a straight face?

  13. I continue to be amazed at the holier-than-thou attitude people have toward 18-22-year-olds. Players like Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel do wild, crazy, and sometimes illegal, things between ages 18-22 and people start screaming at the top of their lungs that the players that do these things are the dictionary definition of “evil” and no amount of good words or deeds will ever change that, and when the players are 80 years old they will still be bashed on internet sites because they did wild, crazy, and sometimes illegal, things between ages 18-22. Never mind that pretty much everyone does wild and crazy things at that age. Forget that every human being that has ever existed can only answer “yes” when asked, “Did you do or say anything between ages 18-22 that you now regret?” Forget the fact that research has shown that human brains aren’t finished being developed until around age 25, and the last sections of the brain to fully develop are the ones that control urges and impulses. No, Cam Newton stole a laptop when he was 18. He wil ALWAYS be evil. Johnny Football said stupid things on Twitter and spent all his free time at college partying. He will ALWAYS be evil.

    Y’all get over yourselves. Johnny acted like a typical college kid. He’s a young man with a lot of money and he’s enjoying himself with it. There is nothing evil about those things. He is saying the right things and so far has caused no trouble with his pro team and is doing what is required. Let’s just see how it plays out.

  14. We’ll always have Tebow knocking the Steelers out of the playoffs. Always.

  15. While it was a short sample, Hoyer played well last year prior to his injury. I saw a competent NFL quarterback who knew how to get the ball out on time and make a play. People forget that he’s a kid that grew up and attended high school in Cleveland. I’m hoping the fans remember that as he runs the offense and give him some slack as this offense grows.

  16. I’d be careful to put Hoyer on a peddlestill after two performances , where yes he moved the ball nicely , but also threw 3 int’s against a struggling Minnasota defense, before getting injured right away….Lots of backups come in, make a splash , but then don’t sustain it… This competition should be completely open….because you still don’t know what you have with either guy… I hope they both light it up , but i’m just keepin it real….For the Browns sake, the best possible scenario is Manziel plays so well , and wins the job hands down…but not the end of the world if he needs more time.

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