Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine addressed the Johnny Manziel situation on Monday (Dec. 29), just days after reports said a party the rookie threw led to disciplinary actions against himself and teammates Josh Gordon and Justin Gilbert.
The coach said the future of the team’s quarterback position is “muddy at best,” while adding that “at some point the talk is cheap” regarding the rookie QB.
Pettine also admitted that Manziel’s off-the-field behavior and the social media attention that goes with it is a factor, but not the determining factor.
“He’s gotten himself to the point with me that his actions are much more important than what he says,” Pettine said.
Manziel himself also addressed reports, saying that it’s “100 percent false” that he threw a party at all, as well as echoing coach’s comments that only his actions will change the perception others have of him.
“It’s about action,” Manziel told reports. “It’s about being accountable and doing what I’m gonna say instead of looking like a jackass.
“Either I’m going to learn or I’m going to be finding something else to do,” he added.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer tells ESPN that he’s had talks with Manziel in the past and believes “it’s up to him” whether he makes the necessary changes. However, he said process may take time considering Manziel’s age (he turned 22 this month).