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Mike Pettine and the Browns seem to be favouring McCown over Manziel

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For the second year running, the starting Quarterback position for the Cleveland Browns is under dispute prior to the season.

Also for the second year running, the quarterback race in Cleveland is between two men with one of them being Johnny Manziel.

The difference is however that Manziel is no longer a rookie and has made active steps to improve himself off the field.

Manziel could be forgiven for feeling a sense of Deja Vu however as once again, he is seeing his head coach make statements in favour of his opposition in the race for the starting spot.

Last year it was Brian Hoyer who departed Cleveland in free agency to go to the Houston Texans and enter an entirely different quarterback race.

This year Manziel is up against former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown who was released after just one year in Tampa Bay.

Well now whenever Browns head coach Mike Pettine has been questioned about the quarterback position, he has seemingly favoured one man.

"Until you feel you've found what you would call a long-term solution [at quarterback], I don't think we could have done any better than bringing in a guy like Josh McCown." - Pettine on the QB situation in Cleveland

It looks like Pettine doesn't view Manziel as a long term option yet meaning that they have brought McCown in to be their starter.

McCown didn't set the world alight last year in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers going 2-14 throughout the season.

Tampa held the number one pick in thsi year's draft and McCown would certainly have been surplus to requirements against former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Johnny no football?

Manziel spent a lot of time on the bench for the Browns last season with Brian Hoyer leading the Browns to a promising start.

Manziel had his first great moment in the NFL in a road game against the Buffalo Bills when he ran in his first professional touchdown.

But his first NFL start ended in disaster as the Browns were beaten 30-0 by the Cincinnati Bengals and a week later against the Carolina Panthers Manziel suffered a bad injury.

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