November 24, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
Browns demote hard-partying Johnny Manziel to third quarterback
The Cleveland Browns have demoted starting quarterback Johnny Manziel due to his hard-partying ways after videos surfaced of him at nightclubs. He's now the third quarterback behind starter Josh McCown and Austin Davis. "Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback on Monday night against the Ravens," coach Mike Pettine said. "I informed the quarterbacks of that decision after I sat down and spoke with Johnny, Flip (John DeFilippo) and Kevin (O’Connell) after practice today. Johnny will be the third quarterback. I’ve spoken to Ray (Farmer) and Jimmy (Haslam) to inform them of my decision, and they are in full support. “Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room. I’m especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard. The improvements from last year to this year have been tremendous but he still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level. It goes well beyond the field. We are going to continue to support him in every way possible, but at this point, we’ve decided it’s best to go with Josh as the starter going forward.” Follow me on Twitter: @Aaron Wilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.