After another disappointing performance this past Sunday in a 27-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders, the Cleveland Browns enter the difficult portion of their schedule with a 1-2 record, but that might be the least of their concerns. Josh McCown started at quarterback in the two losses, Johnny Manziel started for McCown in the win over Tennessee in week two. While the starting quarterback job is always a topic of conversation among Browns fans, is it now a debate among players inside the locker room? According to one website it is.
Tuesday, TMZ.com posted a story that Browns players are furious and want Manziel as the quarterback. The website claims it spoke with three members of the Browns offense whom spoke on the condition of anonymity.
If the reports are true, it just adds to the list of problems the Browns organization has been dealing with this season. General Manager Ray Farmer is in the final week of his four game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on the use of electronics during games. Offensive line coach Andy Moeller remains suspended following an alleged abuse at his home and cornerback Justin Gilbert was involved in a road rage incident.
Despite the early struggles, McCown did thrown for over 300 yards in Sunday’s loss and put them in a position to tie the game in the final minute before being intercepted by Charles Woodson. Still, McCown is 36-years old and the time to see what the Browns really have in Manziel is now. It doesn’t look like head coach Mike Pettine will make a change under center. Pettine is going to stick to the plan and have McCown start and Manziel serve as the backup. Pettine still feels McCown gives the Browns the best chance to win. You have to wonder if Pettine is putting his job on the line by staying with McCown. The Browns next game is this Sunday in San Diego against Philip Rivers and the Chargers.