Johnny Manziel, named the Cleveland Browns’ full-time starter Tuesday, has assured coach Mike Pettine that he would “not do anything to be an embarrassment to this organization.”
“I let him (coach) know that I’m not going to do anything that’s going to be a distraction to this team or be an embarrassment to the organization,” said Manziel, who is still under review from the NFL for a possible violation of the personal conduct policy. “I’m going to get a chance to go and relax like everybody else in this locker room is. I don’t think they’re going to have to worry about me this week,” added the quarterback.
Manziel was involved in a roadway incident on October 12 with his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley. Associated Press reported that the NFL has cleared Manziel from any wrongdoing in the domestic case. The league said it interviewed several people including Manziel’s girlfriend, who confessed that the NFL star had been violent with her. The 22-year-old admitted to drinking that afternoon.
Coach Pettine is willing to forgive Manziel. “He’s done some things to affect that trust, clearly,” said Pettine. “He (Manziel) understands it. He knows with these expectations comes great responsibility. That’s something he knows he has to return.”
The 2-8 Browns need to desperately turn things around. Manziel feels he’s the man for the job. The final six games of the season could prove as an audition for the 2016 season and beyond. “I was just looking forward to coming out and trying to have a little bit of a spark and more than anything, get some wins,” said the blossoming quarterback. “That’s what I told coach Pett, no matter what happens, whether you think this may be for next year or whatever the case is, we’re going to win some of these games down the road.”