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Mike Pettine: Manziel’s obscene gesture doesn’t sit well
- Updated: August 19, 2014
The talk of Monday night’s matchup between the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns has been Johnny Manziel’s middle finger. Manziel made an obscene gesture towards the Redskins bench after he was heckled by opposing Redskins players, and the gesture has gotten the attention of head coach Mike Pettine.
Speaking after the game, Pettine said the gesture by Manziel “doesn’t sit well”.
“It does not sit well. It’s disappointing, because what we talk about is being poised and being focused,” . “You have to be able to maintain your poise. That’s a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback, that we have to keep our composure, so that’s something that we’ll obviously address with him.”
While Pettine should certainly be against the gesture by Manziel, the play of his two quarterbacks should come as the biggest concern. Manziel finished 7-16 with 65 yards and one touchdown, while starting quarterback Brian Hoyer finished 2-6 for 16 yards.
Pettine did acknowledge after the Browns 24-23 loss that “all options are on the table” for the starting quarterback slot.
Manziel should know better not to flip the bird, especially on national TV, and he acknowledged such in his post-game press conference.
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