Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is back as the Browns’ starter, beginning with Sunday’s game against the 49ers, after being benched the past two games for misbehaving and then lying to team officials about the whole thing.
Manziel served as the backup to Austin Davis during Sunday’s 37-3 loss to the Bengals, the Browns’ seventh straight loss to drop to 2-10.
Davis went 25-of-38 for 230 yards with no touchdowns and an interception against the Bengals. He was sacked three times.
Coach Mike Pettine said last week that he wanted to see Manziel again and he will. With four games left in the season, that may be all he gets. Pettine, who’s lost 15 of his last 17 games, acknowledged last week that the quarterback decision was “a weekly thing.”
“We haven’t had those discussions,” Pettine said when asked if ownership gave him an assurance that he would finish the season. “Jimmy and I had good conversations. We talk every week. Frankly, there’s a lot of football left to be played. We’re evaluated every day, whether we’re evaluating ourselves or whether it is coming from him.
“We’re just going to fall back on what we know how to do. We’re going to come in every day, prepare relentlessly like we do, we’re going to coach our players hard and we will see what happens.”
After this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland then closes out its season with games against the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.