Managing Johnny Manziel much easier than Tim Tebow mania, Browns coach Mike Pettine says

Pettine, who was the Jets’ defensive coordinator during Tebow’s time there, said it’s easier to handle Manziel because he’s a rookie, whereas Tebow came in as an established NFL player.

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Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:51 PM

 

Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel understands his fame stems from what he did in college, and he needs to prove himself in the NFL. Mark Duncan/AP Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel understands his fame stems from what he did in college, and he needs to prove himself in the NFL.

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine has seen first-hand the chaos that can ensue when a celebrity quarterback lands on his roster. Pettine was the Jets defensive coordinator in 2012 when Gang Green traded for Tim Tebow. Though Tebow ended up being merely a wildcat-quarterback, he was a season-long distraction for a team that would go just 6-10.

Handling Johnny Manziel? Not as hard, Pettine says.

“The circumstances are different,” Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Tebow was an established NFL player, he wasn’t coming in as a rookie, unproven. It’s a little easier for us with Manziel because he understands he earned Johnny Football as a college player and nobody understands it more than him. It’s like, ‘Listen, I don’t want to be named starter coming out of the draft.'”

Manziel was drafted out of Texas A&M by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft.

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“People criticize us for referring to him as a backup,” Pettine said. “That’s what he is. It would have been a disservice to the other 80-some players in the locker room and it would have been a (disservice) to him carrying that burden of ‘What have you done to deserve this?’ We all want him to be successful but there is a process that has to occur and he has to go through it.”

Tebow was also the backup but certainly wanted to be the starter. He was passed over twice by Rex Ryan to start — once when he benched Mark Sanchez and again when Greg McElroy suffered a concussion — and has not played in a regular season NFL game since playing with the Jets in 2012.

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3 Responses to “Managing Johnny Manziel much easier than Tim Tebow mania, Browns coach Mike Pettine says”

  1. jason says:

    I’m still waiting to get some film on jonny M to watch. I have many questions i wanna see answered. Liked him in college somewhat but i’m still wondering if he can make progressions and i really wanna see if he can call protection cause i saw nothing from him in college and that is what worried me about tebow in college for long term in the NFL.
    I’m waiting to see adaption but doubt it greatly right now with jonny mf.

  2. tawk2 says:

    Johnny M. now they’re saying is not ready to play in NFL, he was drafted I believe 24th in first round, Tebow 25th in first round. They both are scrambling quarterbacks. Yet Tim was not given the time to develop and learn because he was not ready right of the bat, but yet when he was thrown into the fire with not training he pulled off such an amazing run in Denver, just think what he would’ve done if he had the first reps, etc.

    I am just saying the way they are treating Johnny is so different than the way they treated Tebow, it stinks! I cannot believe Tim is not starting in the NFL is earned it back when he was with Denver. I am so tired of all the naysayers and haters still bashing Tim. I keep praying that a team that truly believes in him will step up and take a chance, they will not regret it.

    • steftebowfan says:

      I so agree with you. I cannot believe the NFL is ignoring us for no reason. Tim won when QB of a losing team and took them to the playoffs. He can do it again!

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