Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel still needs to fix his off-field issues if he’s going to succeed in the NFL, coach Mike Pettine says.
“Here is a guy that has an NFL skill set, he’s very talented, if you spend some time with him, he’s a likable guy, you root for him,” Pettine said of Manziel, via Cleveland.com. “But there are problems there that we’ll talk as we’re headed to the offseason about getting addressed. And I’ve said this before, we want to make sure that all of our players are in good shape as people first, players second. Because I don’t think you can be as effective as you can be as a player if things aren’t right off the field. And he’s a good example of that.”
A big problem Manziel has is a complete inability to stop appearing in viral videos. Pettine might have benched Manziel this week for his latest video appearance, but before Pettine could address the matter, Manziel said he had concussion symptoms, resulting in him being ruled out for Week 17.
Pettine is obviously right that Manziel’s off-field issues need to be addressed, but it remains to be seen whether Pettine is the coach to address them. The Browns could fire Pettine after Sunday’s season finale, and then Manziel would become the next coach’s problem.