It’s officially Johnny Football time in Cleveland. After second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel completed 73% of his passes and threw for 372 yards and a touchdown in a 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Browns head coach Mike Pettine has named Manziel the starter for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.
Cleveland plays the Baltimore Ravens next Monday night on Nov. 30. Manziel’s backup, former starter Josh McCown, has been informed of the decision per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“He showed significant progress. That was one of the better quarterback performances. You take the first play out – which you can’t forget about. The ball skipped out of his hands – the fact he rallied from that, on the road in that environment – I’ve seen where things have gone bad early and guys go in the tank and they get that glazed look in their eye.” Pettine said via Mary Kay Cabot.
“He was the exact opposite. He was loose. He was into it. I thought he did an outstanding job in between series, getting input from the quarterbacks and (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) and on the headset with (quarterbacks coach) Kevin (O’Connell). I just thought the improvement he made from the Cincinnati game to this one was a leap.”
In Manziel’s previous start against Cincinnati the week prior, he completed just 45% of his passes and threw for just 168 yards.