Cleveland Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine has said he is not stirring up a quarterback controversy and has reassured everyone that Josh McCown is still the starter.
Despite McCown’s poor and Johnny Manziel’s sturdy performance against the Buffalo Bills in Thursday night’s preseason game, Pettine made it absolutely certain that it will be the 36-year-old will be starting in week one against the New York Jets on September 13.
He said according to Cleveland.com: “I’m not going to sit here and talk about trying to stir up a quarterback controversy. Josh is firmly the one.”
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Pettine points out that McCown was going against the Bills first string defense whilst Manziel was going up against the second and third. Yes this slightly makes the situation better for McCown but you can’t ignore the performance Manziel had against the defense he faced.
Although Pettine has the final call on who starts on the field and who starts on the bench, he must realise that if Manziel continues to out-shine McCown in the last two preseason games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago, fans will be calling for him to be started ahead of 36-year-old come the season opener.
It could end up resembling a situation that happened for the Denver Broncos, where fans chanted from the stands for Tim Tebow to replace Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback. We’ll have to wait till week one to see if that happens.
At the end of the day, Pettine has the final call on all matters, no matter how loud the fans chant, Manziel! Manziel! Manziel! That’s if they start chanting it in the first place.