He was the clear leader from the beginning. We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player.

— MIke Pettine, via press release

Steven’s Take:
Not sure that Mike Pettine has any other choice at the moment. However, saying that he would like to go with the more experienced player is an interesting way of going about making his decision.

I still think that Pettine knows he cannot start Johnny Manziel and then pull him in favor of Brian Hoyer later on in the season. By making this choice now, Pettine is actually helping Manziel not hurting him. With their first three games scheduled at Pittsburgh and then at home against New Orleans and Baltimore, the Browns could be staring at 0-3 in the face. If that is the case, it would be easy to make the move to Manziel during their Week 4 bye and have Manziel make his first start against Tennessee in Week 5.