Regardless of whether the TMZ story about players frustrated over the fact that Johnny Manziel is not starting is true or not, the team is so firmly planted between a rock and a hard place that they don't know to wriggle out.
"That's always a possibility," DeFilippo said, via Cleveland.com. "To say we don't have plays ready for Johnny Manziel against the San Diego Chargers, I'd be lying to you. OK? I'd be lying to you. So you never know. We may use them and we may not. That's the competitive advantage of showing up and playing an opponent on Sunday. They don't know what we're going to do and we don't know what they're going to do."
First off, if DeFilippo actually had planned a Manziel package there's no way he would announce it on Thursday. Planting the seed in the head of his opponent is one thing -- maybe they'll spend 15 minutes altering a sub package that can slow him down -- but handing them your secret weapon is another altogether.
Unfortunately, the Browns aren't there mentally yet, unable to realize that there really is no other option. A Manziel package would only make the problem worse.