With any luck, Mike Pettine won't have to say another word about Cleveland's elongated quarterback derby.
"This is Brian's job," Pettine told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala. "I never think of it as (if) it's a leash or we want a guy to be a game manager. We want him to be confident and go out and play."
Pettine also rejected the idea that Cleveland would use Manziel as change-of-pace passer, saying: "I don't foresee us now, especially early, being in a two-quarterback system."
Pettine wouldn't rule out making a switch down the road -- what coach would? -- but he hinted at the possibility that Manziel "doesn't play this year."
"There was nothing I would change, nothing I would do differently," Manziel told reporters. "I feel like, if I would have come out and made some plays and done better in the last two weeks, then it could have been a different outcome. But no, I don't feel that I would have gone back and done anything differently."
The option of a redshirt year for Manziel feels more alive than ever before.