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Browns Official Press Release 3-11-16

 BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have waived QB Johnny Manziel.

Manziel appeared in 14 games with eight starts after being selected by the Browns in first round of the 2014 draft. He completed 147 of 258 passes for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added 259 rushing yards and one score. Last season, Manziel started six games and threw for 1,500 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions, while adding 230 rushing yards.

Johnny Manziel Postgame Bengals 2015



Johnny Manziel Takes Over As Browns Starting QB

Johnny Manziel Postgame Bengals 2015

2nd-year pro threw for career-high 372 yards vs. Pittsburgh

By Andrew Gribble, ClevelandBrowns.com Senior Staff Writer

 BEREA, Ohio – The Browns will move forward with Johnny Manziel as their starting quarterback, coach Mike Pettine announced Tuesday.

Manziel has started three games this season, including the past two. On Sunday at Pittsburgh, he completed 33-of-45 passes for a career-high 372 yards and a touchdown. For the season, he’s completed nearly 60 percent of his throws for 933 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also rushed for 90 yards.

Manziel takes over for Josh McCown, who was sidelined the last two weeks with a rib injury. In seven starts, McCown completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,897 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Browns have a bye this week and return to the field Monday, Nov. 30, against the Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Mike Pettine addressed the media about this decision after Tuesday’s practice and you can read his official Browns Q and A transcript below.

Mike Pettine Post-Game Close Up

Head Coach Mike Pettine – Post-Practice Press Conf. Transcript 11-17-15

On what he hopes to see from starting QB Johnny Manziel:

“Progress. I thought he took, it was well documented we talked about it after the game, took a big step forward in a lot of the small details of quarterback play. It’s as simple as that for us, just to continue to get better. He did some good things but there’s some things that can be improved upon. 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. Bottom line, just progress.”

On why Manziel is now the starting QB:   

“I think the performance against Pittsburgh I think validated for us the progress that he’s made, the improvement that he’s shown and that he deserves this opportunity. Also just (QB) Josh’s (McCown) circumstances being what they are, not being entirely healthy at least in the short term. It’s something that we understand where our season is at this point and this is a kid we invested a lot in. This will give us an opportunity to see how far he’s come and what he’s capable of.”

On how difficult it was to make the decision:

“I wouldn’t say it was extremely difficult. When you look at all the factors involved and for what I just say, where we are right now from a record standpoint. I wouldn’t say it was difficult. It didn’t take five seconds. We discussed everything like I said, everything was put on the table and it clearly made the most sense.”

On the assumption that QB changes come from one player underperforming and what McCown did as a starter:

“I don’t feel that way at all. This is a guy that set records here. Three game span and a single game record, what he did for us is tremendous. I think a lot of Johnny’s success you can trace directly to Josh McCown. He’s been tremendous and with Johnny now as the starter we feel like we have the best back up in the league. Guy that’s seen it all, we know can come in and can play. Visiting with him this morning and talking through it I just can’t say enough about the character of the kid and him understanding. At the same time the competitive part of him, knowing what he’s capable of and what he can do for this football team but also having that ability to see the big picture.”

On how the conversation with McCown went:

“I don’t want to get into too much of it but it was not as difficult as I anticipated and a big part of that was Josh. How he handled it, his mentality, his football character and to use a ‘hokie’ phrase, his team spirit.”

On why the announcement was made today:

“We were at that point where we were having lengthy discussions about the entire roster and making some decisions moving forward. We made it, didn’t feel the need to sit on it.”

On if he is concerned Manziel will continue to have off the field incidents like his run in with the police in October:

“We’re always concerned about our players outside of the building. We talk to them about it. They know that there’s a standard of behavior that they have to live up to. He and I got a chance to sit down this morning and that was one of the things, I won’t go into details but that was one of the things that came up in the discussion.”

On if Manziel gives the Browns the best chance to win:

“Based on the way he played against Pittsburgh, what he showed, his ability to make plays in the pocket and outside of the pocket that I think the difference in maximizing our chances to win is negligible. You’re not going to hold me down and I’m going to choose one over the other but that gap is very small.”

On the trust he has in Manziel off the field:

“He’s done some things to affect that trust clearly. That’s something that we talk about, that I know Flip talks to him about and Kevin talks to him about. He understands it and he knows that with these expectations that there comes great responsibility. That’s something that he knows has to live up to.”

On if he expects Manziel will not be disciplined by the league:

“I can’t get into – we factored everything into it. If the circumstance change they change. To me, that’s a league matter. I’m really not going to comment on that at this time.”

On the reaction to the QB decision in the locker room:

“I think when you talk to our players I think you’ll get a sense of how it will play. Based on how he’s performed and I think you only need to go back to this last performance, I think he earned a lot of respect from the guys in that room of how he prepared for the week, how he went out and executed the game plan. Ask the guys how he handled himself in the huddle and how he was at the line of scrimmages, execution of plays. From a locker room standpoint I just think it’s tough to put any weight into any opinion about our locker room if you’re not in it.”

On if McCown will be the number two QB:


On if the last six games of the season are Manziel’s audition for the 2016 starting QB job:

“I don’t want to look that big picture. I’ve already said it, we want to get a good sense of where he is and I think when the season’s over that you always clear the table and evaluate each position. This will allow us to have a lot more information as we assess the quarterback position moving forward.”

On an injury update:

“Joel’s (Bitonio) still pushing through it, potentially an outside chance for Baltimore. We’ll know a little bit more as the week goes on. The guys that I said were in the concussion protocol are still in it. Joe (Haden) is still in it. We’ll know more. They’re improving, there’s no setbacks but still you have to go through the process. (Randy) Starks tweaked the knee. It was nothing serious but still this close removed from the game we still don’t have a great feel for how that’s going to play out.”

On OL Cameron Erving’s performance against the Steelers:

“There were some glaring mistakes, I think we all saw some of those. In between that he did some good things. The thing I was most proud of was the energy, the enthusiasm, the toughness that he brought. Trying to finish blocks and getting after guys when he could from an opponent standpoint. I liked the mentality that he played with I just thought he was raw and excited and kind of all over the place and that led to some of his mistakes. But a lot of what he did wrong was very correctable. Nothing’s changed in our assessment of Cam that he has a bright future in this league.”

On if Erving will continue to step in for OL Joel Bitonio if he cannot play:

“Yes. Yes he would.”


What did former Browns QB TIM COUCH have to say about Josh McCown being named the starter vs Oakland, dealing with concussions, hometown boos and Johnny Manziel’s future? Listen here as he joined me today on the Kenny Roda Show on News-Talk 1480 WHBC – http://cdn.stationcaster.com/…/mpeg/TIM_COUCH-1443038676.mp3

Tim Couch Photo




WR 16 Andrew Hawkins 18 Taylor Gabriel 85 Vince Mayle 15 Marlon Moore 7 Josh Lenz 10 Darius Jennings
LT 73 Joe Thomas 79 Andrew McDonald 64 Darrian Miller
LG 75 Joel Bitonio 70 Vinston Painter [68 Joe Madsen]
C 55 Alex Mack 62 Ryan Seymour 65 Eric Olsen
RG 77 John Greco 74 Cameron Erving 63 Karim Barton
RT 72 Mitchell Schwartz 61 Michael Bowie 69 Erle Ladson
TE 82 Gary Barnidge 81 Jim Dray 84 Rob Housler 88 E.J. Bibbs 89 Manasseh Garner
[86 Randall Telfer]
WR 83 Brian Hartline 11 Travis Benjamin 17 Rodney Smith 5 Shane Winn [80 Dwayne Bowe]  [87 Terrelle Pryor]
QB 13 Josh McCown 2 Johnny Manziel 3 Thaddeus Lewis 9 Connor Shaw
RB 34 Isaiah Crowell 28 Terrance West 20 Shaun Draughn 35 Jalen Parmele 49 Timothy Flanders  [29 Duke Johnson Jr.] [41 Glenn Winston]
FB [44 Malcolm Johnson] [42 Luke Lundy]
RE 94 Randy Starks 93 John Hughes III 66 Jamie Meder 78 Christian Tupou [90 Billy Winn]
NT 98 Phil Taylor 71 Danny Shelton 67 Ishmaa’ily Kitchen 60 Jacobbi McDaniel
LE 92 Desmond Bryant 95 Armonty Bryant 96 Xavier Cooper 97 Dylan Wynn
OLB 99 Paul Kruger 48 Nate Orchard
MIKE 56 Karlos Dansby 59 Tank Carder 52 Hayes Pullard III
WILL 58 Christian Kirksey 53 Craig Robertson
OLB 54 Scott Solomon 91 Mike Reilly [51 Barkevious Mingo]
RCB 22 Tramon Williams 36 K’Waun Williams 43 Charles Gaines 37 Kendall James [27 Robert Nelson Jr.]
LCB 23 Joe Haden 21 Justin Gilbert 24 Johnson Bademosi 35 Joe Rankin [26 Pierre Desir]  [25 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu]
FS 39 Tashaun Gipson 33 Jordan Poyer 40 De’Ante Saunders
SS 31 Donte Whitner 30 Ibraheim Campbell 38 Landon Feichter
P 8 Andy Lee
K 6 Travis Coons 4 Carey Spear
H 8 Andy Lee
KR 15 Marlon Moore 20 Shaun Draughn 21 Justin Gilbert 10 Darius Jennings [29 Duke Johnson Jr.]
PR 11 Travis Benjamin 22 Tramon Williams 33 Jordan Poyer 18 Taylor Gabriel 5 Shane Winn
LS 47 Charley Hughlett
Rookies are underlined
Injured players are in [brackets] at the end


Statement from Browns QB Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel Ski Cap

“I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates and Browns fans everywhere for your patience, understanding and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.”



Here’s the opening monologue from the Kenny Roda Show on 1480 WHBC from Tuesday, March 24, 2015 on the Browns QB woes with Johnny Manziel still in rehab, the Cavs rolling towards the playoffs and screw the Sports Illustrated jinx. I love that the Indians are on the cover of SI’s 2015 MLB preview edition!

Listen here –

Kenny Roda WHBC Promo Photo



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Statement from Brad Beckworth, a Friend and Advisor to Johnny Manziel and his Family

Brad Beckworth, a friend and advisor to Manziel and his family, has confirmed that Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday.  “Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the offseason.  On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”

Statement from Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer on Johnny Manziel

“We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns. We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player.  Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.”


My podcast with Michael Reghi from the Kenny Roda Show on News/Talk 1480 WHBC as we talk Super Bowl 49, the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Listen Here –

Roda and Reghi


Here’s the podcast of my show open on Friday, December 26th as we found out that the Cleveland Browns would start Connor Shaw at quarterback against the Baltimore Ravens in the 2014 season finale, making him the 22nd different quarterback to start for the Browns since they returned to the NFL in 1999.

Listen Here – 

Kenny Roda WHBC Promo Photo




Browns general manager Ray Farmer has made some good decisions this season on acquiring talent, but when it mattered most, the first round of the draft, he dropped the ball big time!

Knowing he had a wide receiver who was going to be suspended for maybe the entire year and in a receiver rich draft, he bypassed highly rated wide outs for a cornerback and a quarterback that will make us all wonder about his grading system when the 2015 NFL draft comes around.

Who would have helped the Browns more this year and in the future, the two players Farmer selected in the first round in Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel, or any one of these four wide receivers Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin?

Manziel-Gilbert-Farmer-Pettine Jersey Photo

Justin Gilbert – 29 tackles – 1 interception – 1 td – 8 passes defensed


Johnny Manziel – 18-35-175 yards – 0 td passes – 2 interceptions/29 yards rushing – 1 td


Sammy Watkins – 62 receptions – 925 yards – 6 td’s


Odell Beckham Jr. – 79 receptions – 1,120 yards – 11 td’s


Mike Evans – 63 receptions – 997 yards – 11 td’s


Kelvin Benjamin – 72 receptions – 999 yards – 9 td’s


Plus there is one more game to play which gives all four wide receivers the opportunity to go over 1,000 yards receiving in their rookie year.

Ask yourself, who would have helped the Browns more this year and beyond?