The Cleveland Browns are 2-9 for a reason, and that reason is they can’t do anything right.
Just like the New England Patriots, who seem to make all the right moves as they have a chance to win a Super Bowl every year, the Browns are the bizarro Patriots, making horrible decision after horrible decision.
The latest is Poppa Mike Pettine’s decision to go with Austin Davis as the starting quarterback this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
We have had issues with Pettine’s moves over the last six weeks or so, and now more and more people in the media are seeing the same things we did.
Both local and national media feel the same way, despite second year QB Johnny Manziel’s issues off the field, the right football decision is to let name the former Heisman Trophy winner the starter for the remainder of the season.
We understand that if Manziel were a middle round pick, he likely would have a shorter leash, and may even be released (although we wouldn’t cut let’s say Pierre Desir because he showed up on a video partying), but he wasn’t.
He was chosen in the first round, and therefore, he must be given every opportunity to succeed.
Is that fair? No, but that’s reality, like it or not.
And the fans and media who don’t understand that are living in a fantasy world.
You simply cannot release a first round draft choice after two years because you don’t like the way he acts off the field. Besides, it’s not like it was a secret that Manziel had a wild streak when he was in college.
That’s even more incredible, he is being “punished” for being himself.
There are reports that several NFL teams are interested in getting Manziel if indeed there is no future for him in Cleveland. That should be reason enough not to cut him.
And even with Manziel’s serial nightlife escapades, put him out on the field.
If he can’t play or isn’t prepared to play, then you have a very good idea that you need to draft a passer early in next spring’s draft.
As several people pointed out during and after Monday’s loss to Baltimore, ultimately the organization is being punished most by sitting Manziel down. The player himself probably knows he will get another shot elsewhere.
We are sure that Johnny Football knows the head coach would prefer not to play him, which probably doesn’t help the player respect his boss.
Davis did a nice job coming in for Josh McCown against Baltimore, but he is under contract for next year, and will be a fine back up signal caller, so why the rush to get him more playing time.
Besides, in the playing time Davis had with the Rams last year, he played more than Manziel, meaning there is more tape on Davis for the coaches to peruse in judging what he can do.
Without a doubt, the best thing for the Cleveland Browns is to play Johnny Manziel on Sunday and for the rest of the season.
Either Pettine knows he’s getting fired and figures he is going to do what he wants regardless, but if he thinks he has a shot at returning, why wouldn’t he play the guy the owner wanted as part of the organization on draft day in 2014.
Pettine’s stubbornness, not a good trait for a losing coach, is getting in the way of making the right decision.