Much of the blame for the decision to put quarterback Johnny Manziel behind Austin Davis in Cleveland has been placed on coach Mike Pettine. But the failure of Manziel to start in place of Josh McCown isn’t simply a reflection of the fact that Pettine has become unwilling to trust Manziel.
The players on offense aren’t ready to trust him again, either.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Manziel has once again squandered the trust of teammates. That dynamic comes after Manziel worked hard in the offseason to regain the trust of his coworkers.
With Davis and the Browns down 20-3 at the half of Sunday’s game against the Bengals, it’ll be interesting to see whether anyone’s mind changes about Manziel during intermission.