The Shakespearean drama at quarterback continues for the Browns.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine spoke to the media today at the NFL scouting combine, revealing more about Johnny Manziel and the team's search for a starting quarterback. CBS Sports transcribed Pettine's comments in full, available here.
The session began with Pettine addressing the situation with Manziel, again reiterating that the team did not encourage the 22 year old to enter treatment a few weeks ago. Pettine revealed that he visited Manziel in treatment last week to talk with the young signalcaller.
Pett on visiting Johnny: "I wanted to let him know we are proud of him for the decision he made to go in. It was his choice."— Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) February 18, 2015
Pettine seemed pleased with Manziel's progress.
"He's in a much better place now than before he went in," Pettine said. "He's very determined to come out of it in a much better way."
Still, as Pettine said, "I don't have a firm idea of when he'll be back."
Despite Pettine's praise of Manziel, Pettine didn't seem confident enough to call Manziel a competent starter. Asked if the Browns have to find a starting quarterback in free agency, Pettine said: "That's probably accurate just because you look at the uncertainty of where he is. Just given the small sample size, we just don't know whether or not he is that answer – there's too much unknown."
Earlier today, multiple reports emerged that the Browns are interested in Josh McCown. However, Pettine did not eliminate the possibility that Brian Hoyer could return to the Browns in 2015.
Pettine on QB Brian Hoyer: "The door hasn't closed. We are open to him coming back. I had a good meeting with him."— Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) February 18, 2015
With the offseason still young, the only sure thing in regards to the Browns' situation at quarterback is that, as Pettine said, "All options are on the table."