During his Tuesday press conference, Cleveland Browns head coach stated that QB Josh McCown will start this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers if he is healthy enough to do so.
"I want to wait to hear that he’s healthy in order to make it, but if he’s ready to go and able to execute the gameplan and not have to change the way you call a game to protect a guy, then yeah, he will be [the starter]," Pettine told reporters.
Pettine said that McCown would work out with head athletic trainer Joe Sheehan in the afternoon to see how his ribs hold up. The Browns will practice on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Although Pettine later tried to back-track on his commitment to McCown when asked about why the team would stick with McCown over second-year QB Johnny Manziel, he did reference the "best chance to win" phrase that he's often used during his head coaching reign:
"I get the call for ‘Hey, why not?’ but we’re tasked as coaches to put the roster out there that’s going to give us the best opportunity to win. I understand that as the year goes on those circumstances can change, but we’ll see. We’ll get the information as it comes out with Josh and react to it accordingly."
My hunch is that McCown will be healthy enough to go on Sunday, but if he's still in too much pain when Sheehan evaluates him and it doesn't improve enough by Friday, there's still a shot that Manziel will be under center. What do you think, Browns fans, about Pettine being willing to go back to McCown despite the team's 2-7 record? Do you think he envisions McCown as the team's starter in 2015, or is this the final straw to no that he just doesn't have enough faith in Manziel?