One certainty surrounding the 2015 NFL season is uncertainty at the quarterback position for the Cleveland Browns.
The franchise isn’t ready to give up on mercurial dual-threat option Johnny Manziel, but coach Mike Pettine isn’t committing to the second-year player, either. Cleveland signed Josh McCown during the offseason, and the veteran will provide respectable competition for Manziel.
However, Pettine and Co. won’t decide who wins the battle until “game 3-ish,” according to Steve Doerschuk of The Canton Repository.
Pettine tells us staff will meet "Game 3-ish" and ask: "Who gives us best chance?" Says McCown-Manziel conclusion deferred until then.
— Steve Doerschuk (@sdoerschukREP) July 29, 2015
Pettine is presumably referring to the third game of the preseason. Granted, it would be a Cleveland-esque thing to delay that answer until Week 3 of the regular season.
But anyway… the Browns’ slate to that point includes the Washington football team, Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers—McCown’s 2014 home.
Manziel has shown little to reinforce the idea he’s capable of consistently contributing in the NFL, but McCown is a career backup for a reason. Fortunately for the quarterbacks, they’ll be protected by a tremendous offensive line that features All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas and tremendous blockers in Alex Mack and Joel Bitonio.
Plus, the Browns added Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline and Duke Johnson, so the offense as whole underwent a successful facelift.
But now, either Manziel or McCown must show he’s ready to lead the upgraded unit. And that’s easier said than done, especially in Cleveland.
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