With any luck, Mike Pettine won't have to say another word about Cleveland's elongated quarterback derby.
Despite Mike Pettine's decision, Bucky Brooks still believes Johnny Manziel is a better option at quarterback than Brian Hoyer. READ
"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.