The Cleveland Browns opted to stick with Josh McCown as their starting quarterback on Wednesday, officially naming him the starter for their week three matchup with the Oakland Raiders. McCown was knocked out of Cleveland’s week one loss to the New York Jets due to a concussion and was replaced by Johnny Manziel under center last week.
The move is a bit of a head-scratcher considering Manziel offers more upside and actually played a big role in the Browns getting a 28-14 home win over the Tennessee Titans last week, but head coach Mike Pettine seems to still believe the 36-year old McCown gives his team the best chance to win.
Alrighty then. I’m not in the grouping that thinks McCown gives the Browns the better chance to win and I also think (fumbles aside) that Manziel has shown quite a bit ever since the start of summer. But whatever. McCown is the guy for at least another week and his matchup against the Raiders isn’t bad. But he doesn’t offer the upside does, so I can’t vouch for him or any other Cleveland player. I wouldn’t be shocked if we’re back analyzing this quarterback situation again next week. Oakland isn’t the worst option as a streaming defense this week, as McCown can be prone to turnovers and could be a little rusty after missing the last week of action.