Browns coach not ready to make Johnny Manziel starter

BEREA, Ohio (AP) With the Browns' season unraveling, coach Mike Pettine says he's not yet prepared to name quarterback Johnny Manziel his starter for the final six games.

Manziel passed for a career-high 372 yards Sunday, but the Browns dropped their fifth straight game, 30-9, to Pittsburgh. Pettine was impressed by the second-year QB's progress, but said he hasn't decided whether to turn Cleveland's offense over to Manziel.

Manziel started in place of Josh McCown, who says his injured ribs have improved.

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Pettine's future in Cleveland may be jeopardy, but he insists he's focused only on getting the Browns turned around. Pettine said if a coach tries to save his job ''then you're not doing your job.''

Pettine expects to meet this week with owner Jimmy Haslam to discuss a variety of topics, including the quarterback situation.


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