Browns head coach Mike Pettine told Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland that they’ve talked about using Johnny Manziel in certain packages if he doesn’t win the starting quarterback job.
“We’ve already talked about it,” said Pettine. “We’ve already installed elements of it in the spring. We ran some of the zone-read stuff in practice and Kyle (Shanahan) incorporated some of the mobile quarterback elements of what he did in Washington. We’re still going to go back to the beginning in pads, but as we get going, some of the stuff that’s more game plan-specific that we don’t want to show, we might work on in our walk-throughs as opposed to a public practice.
“I think all options are open. I’ve seen that work, so I’m not close-minded to that. That’s how Colin Kaepernick got his start in the NFL, as a package quarterback. On the other side of the ball, I’ve seen that give defenses some trouble. I think there’s positives and negatives to it. You’re taking your starter off the field. You have his rhythm and continuity to take into account, but at the same time defensively you’re now forcing a team to basically come up with two game plans. I mean, there are pluses and minuses to it and it’s something I’m sure will be discussed at some point. I’m willing to say that the starter will be against it and the backup will be for it.”