Pettine: More Manziel mistakes would yield ‘harsh’ repercussions

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine indicated on Wednesday that should Johnny Manziel commit another off-the-field transgression after again being named the team’s starting quarterback, it will spell serious trouble.

“If something were to occur, I imagine the repercussions would be harsh,” he said, via Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Mary Kay Cabot.


Pettine added that Manziel’s off-the-field issues were more “deep-rooted” than the organization originally suspected before drafting him, the first time anyone in the organization has made such a comment.

The Browns arguably are taking a huge risk in giving Manziel another chance at starting in light of how he purportedly conducted himself the last time the team put its trust in him. When the Browns announced in November that Manziel would be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season ahead of the team’s bye, the quarterback vowed not to be a distraction for the team or serve as an embarrassment to the organization.

Footage then surfaced of Manziel allegedly partying at a club during the bye and the quarterback was quickly relegated to third string in the wake of the controversy, during which reports indicate the benching was due in part to Manziel misleading the team as to the nature of the video, which he told the media could be “old.”

Pettine preached patience shortly after the benching, saying that Manziel should view it not as “a dead end” but a “hurdle.” Pettine then indicated last week that Manziel could still start for the team during the balance of the season and that came to fruition when Manziel was again given the nod to start Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Pettine said he had a talk with Manziel this week to lay out the team’s expectations of him. Given what Pettine had to say about the even shorter leash Manziel is on heading into yet another chance to prove himself on the field, odds are good should the quarterback violate the trust of the team yet again, it could spell the end for him in Cleveland.

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