Mike Pettine spoke to Johnny Manziel about rolled up bill picture

Johnny Manziel rolling bill bathroom money

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine says he has spoken to Johnny Manziel about some of the photos that have been taken of the former Texas A&M star throughout the offseason. More specifically, Pettine asked Manziel about the photo that showed him rolling up a $20 bill in front of a bathroom sink.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Manziel “responded positively” to Pettine’s questions. Pettine would not, however, share any details of the conversation.

“I don’t want to get into a (public) discussion of every picture that comes out, but I talked to him about it,” the first-year coach said. “We anticipate this will quiet down once the season starts. As committed as Johnny is to football, this stuff should not be an issue once camp gets underway.”

Pettine said that he would only be concerned about Manziel’s behavior if it continued throughout the season, which seemed to indicate that the team is not all that thrilled with the headlines Manziel has created. Pettine also said he spoke to Manziel about the infamous “money phone” video and has reason to believe it was not recent.

“I haven’t verified it, but somebody told me that it wasn’t recent,” Pettine said.

Rookies will report to Browns training camp on Wednesday. As we inch closer to the regular season, the spotlight on Manziel is only going to get brighter. If Manziel struggles on the field and photos of him partying continue to surface, the media is going to crucify him.

Rex Ryan: Mike Pettine’s comments are ‘disrespectful’ to Patriots

Rex Ryan JetsWe all know how Rex Ryan feels about Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. So when his former defensive coordinator accuses the Pats of cheating, you’d think Ryan would laugh and/or agree.

That was not the case when Rex was asked about Mike Pettine’s assertion that the Patriots have gotten their hands on opponents’ playbooks before.

Pettine told Greg A. Bedard of The Monday Morning Quarterback that Tom Brady once bragged to a Jets assistant coach about how New England had copies of a couple of the Jets’ defensive playbooks. The Browns coach also said he is not surprised, since he heard Ryan hands out playbooks “like candy.” Rex seemed bothered.

“One thing I know for a fact, it’s disrespectful to New England to say, ‘oh, they did this…” Ryan said, via CBS New York. “Every single game, your playbook changes. Your game plan changes every single week.

“Your playbook, if you study your opponent, is based on your preparation. This thing has probably been blown out of proportion a little bit. To me, this is a lot to do about nothing.”

ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini said Ryan added that it “ticks (him) off” when people insinuate that the Patriots had some sort of unfair advantage when playing the Jets. Current Jets defensive coordinator said the Pats would have to be able to decode what they were looking at even if they did get a copy of the playbook, so it wouldn’t matter.

“It sounds like everybody’s got to talk to Pettine because it seems like he’s got all the information,” Ryan added. “I don’t understand what he’s trying to gain with it.”

This probably isn’t the type of attention Pettine needs in his first season as a head coach. Whether he was joking or not, he really doesn’t gain anything by making enemies. Maybe he’s trying to take the attention off Johnny Manziel.

Mike Pettine says Patriots ‘mysteriously’ end up with other teams’ playbooks

Mike-PettineCleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine spent the last four years as a defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, so he is very familiar with the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick and company have become known for shady antics like videotaping opponents signals and fudging injury reports, but do they also steal playbooks?

Pettine recently discussed his team’s playbook with Greg A. Bedard of The Monday Morning Quarterback. The first-year head coach admitted he takes the Patriots’ shadiness into consideration when putting it together.

The initial playbook itself is actually quite thin, and that’s by design. “I don’t put a lot of graduate-level information in it,” Pettine says. “We know in places like New England, it’s only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.”

Pettine told a story of how, at Wes Welker’s wedding, Tom Brady bragged a little bit to Jets outside linebackers coach Mike Smith, who was Welker’s college roommate, that the Patriots may or may not have had possession of a couple Jets defensive playbooks.

“It didn’t shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway,” Pettine says. “He gave one out to [Alabama coach Nick] Saban and I was like, ‘Don’t you know Saban and Bill [Belichick] are pretty good friends? I have a feeling it’s going to end up in New England.'”

If any team was given a copy of an opponent’s playbook, they wouldn’t be hiding their eyes and returning it to its rightful owner. The Patriots get the most attention for doing stuff like that because of Spygate, and deservedly so.

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Don’t worry, Browns fans. Cleveland and New England aren’t facing each other in the regular season this year. Belichick won’t have a chance to hang 50 points on Pettine because of that comment.

Mike Pettine: I told Johnny Manziel to have fun in Las Vegas

Johnny Manziel Las Vegas

It’s pretty ridiculous that Johnny Manziel going to Las Vegas to have some fun over Memorial Day weekend became a national story, but that’s the way things go these days.

While some people may have a problem with Manziel not burying his nose in his playbook at all moments of the day, his coach with the Cleveland Browns doesn’t seem to mind. Or at least that’s what he’s saying publicly.

“We have a saying in the NFL: as long as it doesn’t affect your job,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said on Wednesday. “[Manziel is] a guy that was very proactive. He let us know that he was going and my advice to him was ‘have fun.’ He’s a young guy and he’s done everything that we’ve asked. The playbook has not been an issue for him.

“I know a big deal has been made, but internally, we have an expectation for all of our players outside of the building to act a certain way and it’s really not an issue. Just like anybody else, he’s a man, and we’re going to treat our guys like that until they prove that they need to be treated otherwise.”

There are countless other professional athletes who have gone out to have fun over holiday weekends especially when their season is several months away. This really shouldn’t be a problem for people. And it’s also important to have balance especially if you spend a lot of time training and working hard. Heck, even Nick Saban has fun over the holiday weekend! If that grinder can spare a few minutes for a jet ski, then Manziel can definitely go to Vegas for fun.

Photo: Instagram/Johnny Manziel

Mike Pettine’s daughter doesn’t seem too excited about dad coaching Browns

Mike Pettine Browns

Most people found out that Mike Pettine was a serious candidate for the Cleveland Browns job after his daughter, Megan, leaked word over Twitter that the team asked her dad back for a second interview. What’s interesting is that in the same tweet where Megan shared news of her dad’s second interview, she also expressed some disappointment that the team her dad was interviewing with was the Cleveland Browns.

Here’s the tweet she sent:

Megan Pettine Twitter

Flash forward a week later, and Pettine was introduced as the head coach of the Browns. Unsurprisingly, Megan’s tweet received some attention in the press conference.

According to Mike Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Mike told reporters that he had a long talk with his daughter after the tweet began receiving attention.

But Pettine handled it well and attempted to clear things up with the Browns’ fan base that his daughter wasn’t bashing the team.

“She spent her formative years in Baltimore where she learned not to like the Browns..no choice she’s a Browns fan,” Pettine said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

So did Megan tweet that because she, like everyone else, knows the Browns job is an undesirable one because of their lack of recent success and front office problems? Or did she say that because they’re a rival for her favorite team? I’m guessing it was the former, but that was a good coverup by her dad either way.

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