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11/25/15 - QB Johnny Manziel enjoyed the bye week and after learning of video and photographic evidence of the quarterback partying in Austin, Tex., Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that Josh McCown will replace Manziel as the starting quarterback this week.
"Johnny will be the third quarterback. I've spoken to (general manager) Ray (Farmer) and (owner) Jimmy (Haslam) to inform them of my decision, and they are in full support," Pettine said Tuesday in a statement released by the team after the coach met with the media earlier in the day.
"Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room. I'm especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard. The improvements from last year to this year have been tremendous but he still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level. It goes well beyond the field. We are going to continue to support him in every way possible, but at this point, we've decided it's best to go with Josh as the starter going forward."
Manziel, who spent three months in a rehab facility he entered voluntarily in January, can be seen drinking champagne and in a general party atmosphere in photos and video published by the website Busted Coverage.
"Disappointing. Very," said a visibly frustrated Pettine on Tuesday before a decision had been made.
Pettine only seven days before had named Manziel the starter for the remainder of the 2015 season, a move designed to help the Browns determine if Manziel was an option as the long-term solution at quarterback. The Browns have not had the same starter for three consecutive seasons since returning to the NFL in 1999.
Manziel's off-field issues cast doubt over his future during his redshirt sophomore season at Texas A&M and despite efforts to make changes, the Browns are not seeing
11/24/15 - QB Johnny Manziel was benched by the Browns on Tuesday.
Manziel will serve as the third quarterback at Baltimore, coach Mike Pettine said, because of video and photos that surfaced revealing Manziel spent part of his bye week partying in Austin, Texas.
Manziel was named the starter for the rest of the season three days before the video was shot, and he spent more than 90 days in a rehab facility earlier this year.
11/18/15 - QB Johnny Manziel will be the starting quarterback when the Browns return from their bye and he won't have to worry about any disciplinary action from the NFL resulting from an October driving incident with his girlfriend.
The league announced Tuesday that the results of their investigation cleared Manziel in the Oct. 12 episode. Witnesses saw him driving recklessly on a freeway and his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, said he had roughed her up in the car, but she refused to press charges.
"Consistent with the procedures of the league's Personal Conduct Policy, we have examined the available evidence regarding the recent incident involving Johnny Manziel," the league said in a statement. "Our investigation included a thorough review of information from law enforcement and our own interviews with multiple individuals, including the two involved in the incident. Based on the information gathered, we have concluded that there is an insufficient basis on which to take disciplinary action.
"In all cases of this nature, our concern under the Personal Conduct Policy goes well beyond the issue of discipline, and we have made comprehensive professional resources available on a confidential basis."
The other good news for Manziel on Tuesday was landing the starting job for the remainder of the season.
"It's a great opportunity for me," Manziel said, following head coach Mike Pettine to the podium.
Pettine said having Manziel on the field for the final six games gives the Browns a better idea of where they stand at quarterback moving forward.
"Each week presents a new challenge and he has to be able to react to how a defense is playing him and be able to play within a game plan, the structure of it and stay tight to that," Pettine said when asked what he wants to see from Manziel. "Bottom line, just progress."
11/16/15 - QB Johnny Manziel had his best day as a Browns quarterback on Sunday when he completed 33 of 45 passes (73 percent) for 372 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
"He took some hits and stood in the pocket and made some throws," coach Mike Pettine said. "He got out of the pocket and made some throws. He did a good with the protection. He was very much in tune with the plan, the protection; he knew for the most part where to go with the ball. Unfortunately we didn't get the result, but if you just look at it individually I think he took a big step forward."
The start was the fifth in the NFL for the 22nd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Manziel is 1-4.
11/15/15 - QB Johnny Manziel will make a second consecutive start for the Browns against the Steelers on Sunday.
Manziel took the majority of reps in practice this week with starter Josh McCown dealing with a rib injury.