Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine believes it's important that his quarterback battle shouldn't be "warm and fuzzy."
Johnny Manziel and Bryan Hoyer are going head to head for the starting job at the Browns, and coach Pettine feels that they should leave the good will at home and come out fighting when they get to work.
"We don't want guys who are going to be warm and fuzzy," Pettine said Monday, per The Plain Dealer. "They're fighting for a job. It's somebody you're going to be working with. It's a unique situation where you're competitive, you want that job. It's not going to be this warm and fuzzy (thing). That to me is how you want your quarterback to be."
Pettine has made comments stating that Manziel, a former Heisman Trophy winner in college, will not simply walk into the starting job at the Browns.
Those quotes made it clear in no uncertain terms that the former Texas A&M QB is the back-up at the moment, and he will have to fight for the job.
In response to questions about how Manziel has taken those comments, Pettine revealed that he feels Johnny is taking to the battle in the right way and with the perfect mindset for the fight.
"He's said all the right things," the first-year coach said. "He knew he was going to have to take a step back. He was going to have to kind of check his ego at the door and earn that nickname again. It wasn't forced on him or that he was berated into that."