Pettine would only say that McCown would start if the team had a game this weekend, but wouldn't commit beyond that. Still he admitted that there is separation between McCown and Manziel.
"I would say there is (separation)," said Pettine. "Josh's skillset is very different than Johnny's. ... Having been with Flip (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) before, he's that much further ahead."
Pettine doesn't want to guarantee the Week 1 starter because NFL coaches are preprogrammed to not give away any information, however obvious it is. It would be stunning if Manziel starts in September, much less the season opener.