The Browns announced on Tuesday that Johnny Manziel will be the starting quarterback this week against the San Francisco 49ers. One would hope this would put to rest the starting QB conversation for at least a little while, but head coach Mike Pettine and the Browns declined to name Manziel the starter for the remainder of the season.
In addition, we cannot be too sure Johnny will even start this week in the Pettine regime. This is a guy who has not seen the field at times for various reasons despite possibly being the only ray of hope for the Browns in an otherwise dismal season.
Pettine has a short leash on Johnny, and may not start him this week if he is unable to conform to the coach’s rules. Here are some of the possible scenarios that might get Johnny benched this week: