Mike Pettine: Justin Gilbert “trending in right direction”

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The Browns had a pair of first-round picks who disappointed as rookies in 2014.

Quarterback Johnny Manziel has had his ups and downs off the field again in 2015, but his play on the field has shown improvement over his limited appearances last year. Cornerback Justin Gilbert hasn’t had the same experience. Gilbert has dealt with injuries, including a concussion that has kept him out the last three weeks, and has played just 50 snaps on defense all season.

Given that limited body of work, it wouldn’t seem the Browns have liked too much of what they’ve seen from Gilbert when he’s healthy, but coach Mike Pettine says he thinks Gilbert has made a move toward better results in the future.

“He did, and there was progress there, but he’d be the first to tell you it wasn’t enough,” Pettine said, via Cleveland.com. “At least he’s still trending in the right direction. The injury stuff was a setback, but we’re all hopeful that he can use what momentum he has from this season.”

It’s not clear whether Pettine will be the one in charge of the Browns when they start preparing for next season, but the need for Gilbert to make a demonstrable impact on the field is going to exist with any head coach after two forgettable years to start his career.

13 responses to “Mike Pettine: Justin Gilbert “trending in right direction”

  1. The Fred Flinstone of nfl coaches. Next stop buffalo to reunite with “wrecks” for his final year as an nfl head coach. Hold on folks, they are getting the circus back together in buffalo next year!

  2. Keep the stories coming PFT! You know we are sitting around at our in-laws staring at our phones right??

  3. Also trending: Russell Wilson actually IS elite.

    Pettine might know a lot about football, but the full “head coach package” is lacking a few items.

  4. .
    I’m not sure what is with the DB position. Many consensus top ten picks have flamed out while Malcolm Butler (free agent), Josh Norman (6th round), and Richard Sherman (5th round) have risen to the top of their class.
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  5. Mike Pettine maybe a nice person, but his lack of leadership, coupled with that of Ray Farmer’s complete ineptitude as a GM have made for this version of the Browns’ latest re-do look like the worst yet to come. If only Al Lerner had lived, where would this organization be at this point? What a complete mess. Cleveland deserved better that what the NFL, Randy Lerner, or Jimmy Haslam have given them.

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