Cleveland Browns players react to Pettine, Farmer firings

Cleveland Browns players react to Pettine, Farmer firings

Apparently nobody ever sat Johnny Manziel down and spelled that out for him - and the Cleveland Browns took the hit for it.

The Heisman Trophy victor was back at the team's headquarters Monday as the Browns regrouped one day after a season-ending loss to Pittsburgh and the firings of Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer.

Owner Jimmy Haslam said Manziel's future will be decided in the next few months, but his tone Sunday was far different than the full support he had offered in the past.

USA Today reported Manziel was spotted dining and gambling Saturday at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood casino.

On Monday, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, who himself was in the concussion protocol for a large portion of the season, said that players in the protocol can't be on the sidelines and watch the game from a booth.

Manziel had been downgraded to out in the days before Sunday's game due to a concussion suffered the week before against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"... He reportedly missed a training session in December of 2014 and needed team personnel to locate him", Bode wrote.

While much is fodder for media speculation - Was Manziel disheveled and inebriated at the team's complex last week?

Veteran All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas was even more to the point.

A photo was posted Saturday on Manziel's verified Instagram account Saturday night of the quarterback and his dog, and the post was submitted from Avon, Ohio.

Sunday night, Peter King reported that the Browns are finished with the Johnny Manziel era and that Manziel wants to go to the Dallas Cowboys. Manziel also spent time in rebab early a year ago.

"It would be disappointing", Pettine said.

The club reportedly refused to do so and Manziel ended up putting the tab on his card. "I think that is his goal and that is everything he laid out for us in the meeting". "I think we saw his ability to play, and if they give him another chance and he's ready to work, I think [the players are] ready to keep giving him a chance".

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