Johnny Manziel’s reign as Cleveland’s starting quarterback is almost over before it began, following yet another off field, alcohol fuelled incident.
A video was released on Tuesday, showing Manziel partying in a club and holding a bottle of champagne, just months after being released from a Pennsylvania rehab facility, specialising in alcohol and substance abuse.
Austin Davis has been named as the backup that sees the man once dubbed Mr Football, dropped to third string. The decision comes just a week after Pettine said that Manziel would be his starter for the remainder of the season. The former Heisman trophy winner’s off-field behaviour has been an issue since he was drafted. Manziel admitted last year, to not taking his job seriously enough in his rookie season. He was impressive in a losing side last week, throwing two touch downs and showcasing his trademark elusiveness to extend plays time and time again.
However, for Manziel, it always seems to be one step forward, two steps back, and he is unlikely to play another game for the Browns this season. However, Pettine does not think that it is the end for Manziel with the brown and orange uniform.
“He’s made great progress and there was no better proof than last Sunday against Pittsburgh,” Pettine said.
“We told him yesterday — this isn’t a dead end. This is a hurdle. It’s an obstacle. So, part of success in athletics is dealing with adversity, and this will be an example of it.”
Manziel is yet to comment regarding the incident and his demotion.
The Browns will meet the Ravens, who are also without their starting quarterback Joe Flacco (injured ACL), on Tuesday. – Jackson Thomas
Top photo of Johnny Manziel from Cleveland Browns Official Facebook page.