Browns coach Mike Pettine said he’ll meet with his staff Monday night to discuss whether Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel should start at quarterback once McCown is cleared from the concussion he suffered Sept. 13 in a season-opening, 31-10 loss to the New York Jets, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Pettine said Manziel made the conversation interesting by starting in place of McCown on Sunday and throwing touchdown passes of 60 and 50 yards to wide receiver Travis Benjamin to lead the Browns (1-1) to a 28-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans (1-1) in the home opener at FirstEnergy Stadium.
“We’re going to meet on that tonight,” Pettine said of the quarterback decision. “To me, that’s standard. That’s our weekly meeting where we evaluate every position and where are we. But until Josh is cleared, there’s not much thought process there just because [Manziel] is the starter right now with the fact that Josh is out. But we will have the ‘what if’ discussion tonight and see where that takes us.”
How much of the discussion will center on the team wanting to see what it has in Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft?
“We’re tasked with winning football games, and the decisions we make are what gives us the best opportunity to win this Sunday,” Pettine said. “I know that on the outside that those things get brought into it. We’ve already seen circumstances have come about for us to get an evaluation of him. So we’re not going to use a season and look at it that way, say, ‘Hey, we need to know.’ We think over the natural course of events we’ll find out.”