Mike Pettine Says Johnny Manziel is “Hard on Himself”

By David Kenyon

Johnny Manziel’s rookie campaign wasn’t exactly a memorable season, so the former first-round pick must show serious improvement in order to win the Cleveland Browns quarterback competition.

He appears to have recognized that, since Jeremy Fowler of ESPN writes Browns coach Mike Pettine has noticed Manziel isn’t satisfied with his practice performance—even on good snaps:

“‘He wants it to be perfect,'” said Pettine, adding that even the positive plays sometimes irk Manziel.”

Fowler continued, noting one particular offseason change that could help Manziel limit off-the-field distractions:

Manziel has earned praise from teammates and coaches about his renewed attitude since returning from a 10-week stint in rehab. He’s moved out of his downtown apartment and into a residential golf community on Cleveland’s west side. He’s living with his former high school coach, Julius Scott.

Manziel finished the 2014 season with 18-of-35 for 175 yards, throwing two interceptions and zero touchdowns. He also ran for 29 yards and a score.

Josh McCown, Thad Lewis and Connor Shaw are Manziel’s primary competitors for the starting job.

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