Mike Pettine on Johnny Manziel Week 1 reps: 'Something we'll discuss'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Johnny Manziel might get reps against the Steelers in Week 1.
Johnny Manziel might get reps against the Steelers in Week 1. (USATSI)

Are we all being punk'd on this Browns quarterback thing? It sure feels that way every time you hear Mike Pettine step into an awkward situation by leaving the door open for Johnny Manziel to steal Brian Hoyer's reps and/or job.

Pettine definitely did that following the Browns' final preseason game Thursday night, when Manziel played well enough to warrant the question of Manziel getting reps against the Steelers in Week 1 being asked. It was asked and Pettine said, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, it's "something we'll discuss."

"It's something we'll discuss," Pettine said. "I don't know if that's necessarily something just because of tonight. We'll have discussions on how we want to game plan and how we want to use those guys. I think one of the reasons that Brian [Hoyer] and the first team did look better tonight is because we didn't mix the reps and he got all the reps with the No. 1s.

"A big part of tonight was getting those guys playing together and getting that cohesion."

And a big part of the game plan is apparently ripping that cohesion apart, with Pettine seriously discussing a two-quarterback system.

"I do because it's worked in this system before where [offensive coordinator] Kyle [Shanahan] has had drop-back passers and then a talent like 'RG3' [Robert Griffin III]," Pettine said. "I think it's a very similar situation where he can bounce back and forth between the two styles and play to the strengths of the guy that he has in there."

Maybe this will work. Pardon me for thinking it won't.

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