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Mike Pettine knows Tim Tebow hype, but won’t compare to Johnny Manziel yet

Eric Edholm
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Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine probably had to mentally prepare himself with everything that came with the team drafting Johnny Manziel.

Then again, Pettine has been witness to player-obsession madness before — he was the defensive coordinator with the New York Jets when they traded for 2011, in that fateful season of 2011.

Asked about the similarities, hype-wise, between the two, Pettine said there are differences.

"The circumstances are different," Pettine said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Tebow was an established NFL player, he wasn't coming in as a rookie, unproven. It's a little easier for us with Manziel because he understands he earned Johnny Football as a college player and nobody understands it more than him. It's like, 'Listen, I don't want to be named starter coming out of the draft.'"

The Browns have been a bit too obsessive over the classifying the rookie Manziel as a backup — to, what, shackle him? — and continually letting the media know that his status has yet to change.

"People criticize us for referring to him as a backup. That's what he is," Pettine said. "It would have been a disservice to the other 80-some players in the locker room and it would have been a disservice to him carrying that burden of 'What have you done to deserve this?' We all want him to be successful, but there is a process that has to occur and he has to go through it."

Maybe Pettine saw what happened in New York with Tebow, who became bigger than Mark Sanchez without winning the starting quarterback job, and is trying to nip this Manziel thing in the bud. We don't know. But we do know that Pettine has been a very patient man up until this point.

But how long will that last?

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