NFL head coaches rarely give one-word answers to questions. Other than Bill Belichick.
On Monday, Browns coach Mike Pettine gave multi-word answers to every question he was asked but one: Is he considering going back to Johnny Manziel at quarterback?
Or is that that? TMZ cites three unnamed Browns players who want Manziel over McCown. With specific quotes from the players. Which means that three different Browns players have supplied quotes to TMZ, according to TMZ.
Whether some Browns players actually want Manziel over McCown is one thing. Whether they’d talk off the record to TMZ is another. Whether Pettine actually will do anything about it is what matters.
It’s easy to say the Browns could have beaten the Raiders with Manziel, since there’s no way to disprove it. The problem for the Browns is that the memory of Manziel beating the Titans will get stronger and stronger if the losses pile up with McCown at quarterback.
For now, the Browns coaching staff believes McCown gives them the best chance to win. And perhaps it will stay that way, at least until the suspension of G.M. Ray Farmer ends and he can resume texting directives to the sidelines during games.