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Johnny Manziel has been named the starter for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, following another season filled with controversy surrounding how much the Heisman-winning Texan loves to party.
On Wednesday, Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the “repercussions would be harsh” if Manziel was caught misbehaving outside the locker room again. Manziel, if you’ll recall, spent part of the last year in rehab trying to curb his extremely evident drinking problem.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday that “repercussions would be harsh” if quarterback Johnny Manziel has another off-field transgression.
“[It’s] hard to put things in a vacuum,” Pettine said. “I don’t want to sit here and say, ‘Look at the degree of discipline.’ It’s hard to say we have a zero-tolerance policy. If something were to occur, I imagine the repercussions would be harsh.”
Pettine also said the Browns basically did not expect JFF to be this much of an off-the-field issue.
Pettine also conceded that the Browns might not have been aware of how “deep-rooted” Manziel’s off-field issues were when they drafted him in the first round in 2014.
“You see the reputation, what was out there,” he said. “I don’t think we anticipated that his problems, his issues, how deep-rooted they were, the extent of it.”
Pettine said if every player with an issue were removed from the draft board, he would be left choosing from five or six players.
“You have to decide how much of this is maturity,” Pettine said. “Is it early in college career? Is it continuing? You do as much as you can.”
Manziel lost the starting job after videos surfaced of him partying at a bar in Austin during his bye week. According to multiple media outlets, Manziel instructed his friends to lie about the video so it would minimize the amount of trouble he would get in. Needless to say, things are getting pretty dicey in Cleveland — with many fans irritated to the point where they believe the organization should just cut ties with him and move on.
It’ll be interesting to see the final four weeks of the season play out. One thing is clear: The guy can ball. Maybe he will be able to change his perception by finishing the year undefeated.
As Jerry Jones would say, winning cures all. Especially in Cleveland..
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