According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Cleveland Browns acted quickly to inform the quarterback room that Johnny Manziel will start the final six games of the regular season.
Browns have informed both QBs that the change has been made. Manziel for rest of season— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 17, 2015
Josh McCown, who entered the season as the team's starting quarterback, was forced out of action a couple of weeks ago when he suffered painful rib injuries. McCown definitely earned the respect of fans for putting his body on the line and being one of the team's lone bright spots week in and week out.
In 7 games, McCown threw for 1,897 yards (271 per game), 11 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. He was also sacked 22 times and lost 6 fumbles, though, which was one of the notable detriments to his game -- holding on to the football for too long. He'll go down in the record books as the only Browns quarterback to throw for 300+ yards in three consecutive games, though, and he holds the mark for the most passing yards in a single regular season game (457 yards in a win over the Ravens). Despite his efforts, McCown's record only came to 1-6.
Manziel is 1-2 as a starter this year, having lost the team's past two games to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh by final scores of 31-10 and 30-9, respectively. However, while the team in general has struggled, Manziel has emerged from both victories looking leaps and bounds better than he did as a rookie, and has shown growth from week-to-week. In a lost season, it only makes to see whether Manziel can be the team's starter in 2016 and beyond, and you'll only know that decision heading into the offseason by playing him.
Finally, the Browns got something right this season.