Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is hoping the team’s front office decides to retain head coach Mike Pettine and the rest of the players and coaching staff despite Sunday’s 30–13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, reports Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
“I want to have these receivers and the people that we have on this roster on the staff so we can go through the spring and not have to learn what this call is and this play and be able to go through a spring and have some of the continuity like,” Manziel said. “So it definitely would be a luxury for sure.”
Pettine has lost 16 of his last 19 games as the Browns sit at 3–11 on the season. Manziel is looking to remain with the same coach for back-to-back seasons after dealing with two different offensive coordinators in the past two years.
Safety Donte Whitner also backed Pettine and his staff to owner Jimmy Haslam.
“Yeah I would like to see that happen but the call is not up to me,” Whitner said. “You always understand that second, third year in the system some things can change, something can click. Maybe the players won't make the same mistakes or the same mental errors when we step out there being the third year in the system so we’ll see.”
Cleveland will play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Browns look to avoid another loss like Sunday’s, in which they allowed Seattle to convert nine of 12 third down opportunities.
- Christopher Chavez