The Cleveland Browns are one thing, consistent. Consistently bad. News out of the Browns front office this morning suggests the team is going to hand the starting role at quarterback back over to veteran journeyman QB Josh McCown. McCown suffered a concussion in Week One and has now passed the NFL concussion protocol and will be given the start at home this week against the Oakland Raiders. The 37-year old McCown is not the future for Cleveland, why not start Johnny Manziel?
As a preface here, I am not a Johnny Manziel fan. I’m not a bandwagon supporter. I’m a realist. The team drafted this man in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft and now he’s being replaced by a journeyman who posted a 1-10 record last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? McCown is living off his legacy of a fluke portion of the 2013 season when he filled in for an injured Jay Cutler in Chicago. His overall record as a starting quarterback is miserable.
While head coach Mike Pettine has said McCown gives the club the best chance to win now, what exactly is the end game here? 6 or 7 wins this season? What that that give you, the 16th pick in the first round in the 2016 NFL Draft?
If McCown is going to deliver you 6-7 wins, it’s quite possible Manziel can do the same, he logged win number one of the season this past weekend. Why not play him? What are you saving him for? Is he too small? Yes. Does he create a lot of turnovers? Yup, four fumbles in 6 quarters of football so far this year. Can he be a quarterback that delivers wins on the shores of Lake Erie in the brutal weather in November and December? I doubt it. But why not play him and see what you have.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam changes coaching staffs on a regular basis and makes Redskins owner Daniel Snyder look mellow at times. Perhaps head coach Mike Pettine is more concerned about getting some W’s this season and holding on to his job in 2016, and even that isn’t a guarantee.