Johnny Manziel Loses Starting QB Job

By Staff  |  11/24/2015

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel has been benched, days after he was named starting quarterback, after being caught partying over the weekend.

According to ESPN, the second-year QB has been demoted to the third-string quarterback for Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Social media posts surfaced this week, showing Manziel allegedly partying last weekend in Texas during the team's bye week.

"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," head coach Mike Pettine said in a statement.

"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."

Josh McCown will start on Monday, after being cleared to play following injury.

The incident is just the latest in the Johnny Manziel saga since he entered the NFL. After being criticized for his hard-partying ways, he spent 10 weeks in a treatment facility during the offseason for undisclosed reasons.

While the Browns said he's made improvements, he made headlines last week, after witnesses reported him driving dangerously on an interstate highway and his girlfriend said he had gotten physical with her in the car. Manziel was later questioned by police, during which he admitted to drinking earlier in the day. He wasn't arrested, nor charged.