Johnny Manziel will have to wait a little longer to get another chance.
Browns coach Mike Pettine announced Monday that he isn’t ready to announce whether Manziel or Austin Davis will be Cleveland’s starting quarterback Sunday against San Francisco. Davis went 25 of 38 for 230 yards and an interception as the Browns lost 37-3 to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Manziel has started three games this season, and was supposed to become the full-time starter for the final six games of the season. However, when pictures of him partying in Austin during Cleveland’s bye week surfaced, and he lied to the team by saying they were old images, he was dropped to third string behind Josh McCown and Austin Davis.
Davis started against the Bengals after McCown sustained a season-ending broken collarbone on Nov. 30 against the Ravens.
With the Browns at 2-10, Pettine is under pressure to start Manziel for the final four games in order to find out if Cleveland will need another quarterback in the draft. In seven games this year, Manziel has completed 59.4 percent of his passes at 12.3 yards per completion.
He has thrown five touchdown passes to two interceptions, but has been sacked on 9.9 percent of his dropbacks. If he gets more accurate and learns to throw the ball away, he has the potential to be a solid NFL quarterback, but his off-field problems might make that impossible.