Pettine and the Browns dropped the ball by sitting Manziel:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Cleveland Browns had a chance to go 2-1 this past Sunday when they took on the Oakland Raiders. They had just beat the Tennessee Titans 28-14 a week before and the Raiders were another winnable game on the schedule. That was before the Browns made the poor decision of starting Josh McCown as their starting quarterback for the week. The Browns have been 0-1 this season when starting Josh McCown at the quarterback position. While Manziel had just led the Browns to a 28-14 win over the Titans. It was clear who the better choice was to lead this team after last week, yet Mike Pettine has remained firm in his flat out dislike of Johnny Football. While all last year and even in the preseason this year it was clear Pettine didnā€™t like Manziel. This past Sunday marked the first time that Manziel had produced enough where it was undeniable that he was the better option. Pettine showed his stubbornness by neglecting to realize the situation and ultimately deciding to stick with McCown. That decision single handedly cost this Browns team a win. Putting the team at 1-2 with their backs against the wall, rather than 2-1 and feeling optimistic about the rest of the season. While Pettine has made it clear that he wants to put a lot of emphasis on leadership. It’s his poor leadership in the end that has the Browns playing below the level they are capable of. While all offseason and in the preseason it was discussed whether or not this team needs to make a quarterback change. It is clear now that the only thing the Cleveland Browns need is a head coaching change. The most important form of leadership in football. Browns fans deserve better and so does Johnny Manziel.

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Manziel impresses in his first start of 2015 as Brown top Titans:

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Manziel looked good in his first start of the 2015 season. After Josh McCown was sidelined with a concussion the young Manziel showed glimpses of why the Browns drafted him in the first round. While Manziel completed just 8 passes for the Browns. Two of them were touchdown passes which helped lead the Browns to victory over the Titans. The match was highly anticipated because it pitted Manziel versus Marcus Mariota. The second pick overall in the 2015 draft and a player who threw for four touchdowns in week one. In fact all the praise was on Mariota coming into this week, while people drew questions marks when speaking about Manziel. Well that all changed when they got on the field. Manziel’s two touchdowns passes were brought in by Browns receiver Travis Benjamin. Benjamin has been on fire for the Browns scoring four out of their five touchdowns this season. The offense in Cleveland is clearly more dynamic when Manziel is at the helm. While the team likes McCown, that first touchdown score was just a play Josh McCown will never be able to make. It would be in the Browns best interest to allow Manziel to continue to lead this team regardless if McCown comes back this week from his concussion or not. When things arenā€™t broke you shouldnā€™t try to fix things and clearly the Browns are not broke with Johnny Football at the helm. It will be exciting to see what decision the team makes and if they do decide to start Manziel,will he continue to play at a high level like he did against the Titans? All signs seem to point to him continuing to progress. The number 2 jersey should be selling well this season out in Cleveland. Now if he just make this club a winning football team the whole state of Ohio will hail him.

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Manziel gets the nod for Sunday: Make or Break time

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Johnny Manziel will get his first start of the season after Clevelandā€™s starter Josh McCown was ruled out of the game this week with a concussion. Manziel enters the match up Sunday with 182 passing yards on the season. He also has 1 touchdown pass and one interception. His play hasnā€™t been outstanding but he does look noticeably better than he did last year during this time. Now being the starter and being in the game the whole time we should get a true assessment of what Manziel can do at the helm for the Browns. While it seems like many people are rooting against the second year pro. It should be noted that when playing at an optimal level Manziel could be an effective player for the Browns offense. Manziel has clearly made a commitment to becoming a stronger person at least mentally. His rehab stint was a step in the right direction as far as getting his personal life together off the field goes. Maybe that calmer lifestyle will allow Manziel to be more poised Sunday. We should definitely keep an eye on how well he commands the offense and how well he does with the leadership side of things. Those intangibles seem to be the thing holding him back the most in his progression. Last year a few players stated that ā€œManziel could barely call the plays in the huddle.ā€ Something that is ridiculous when you think about how important Manziel is to that team. This year though he has actually won over a lot of his teammates in training camp and has even received praise from Joe Thomas. Who stated Manziel has ā€œmade a lot of progress.ā€ Now itā€™s up to the second year player to go out and prove his worth. He will be going head to head against rookie stand out Marcus Mariota who is already proving his worth to the Titans. Adding a little more pressure to Manziel, itā€™s certainly make or break time for Johnny Football.

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