Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he wants his quarterbacks to be competitive, not "warm and fuzzy" because they are battling for a job.
Veteran Brian Hoyer and the team's first-round selection Johnny Manziel will begin their competition today at organized team activities for the right to start the season opener on Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh.
"We don't want guys who are going to be warm and fuzzy,'' Pettine said via The Cleveland Plain Dealer."They're fighting for a job. It's somebody you're going to be working with. It's a unique situation where you're competitive, you want that job. It's not going to be this warm and fuzzy (thing). That to me is how you want your quarterback to be.''
The Browns have not made the playoffs since 2002 have lost 10 games or more 12 times since re-entering the NFL in 1999. For now, Manziel is the backup and has said he doesn't want the job handed to him.
"I don't know if they're going to be sending each other Christmas cards anytime soon," Pettine said. " Yeah, that's what I meant. Nobody's going across the table yet in a quarterback meeting (but) they're ultra competitors. They're going to be friendly to each other, but that's why I said that.''BURKE: Santonio Holmes, Jermichael Finley among NFL’s best available free agents