Transcript: Coach Pettine, 5/28

Transcript: Coach Pettine, 5/28

The head coach on Johnny Manziel (of course), and much, much more

On Browns LB Karlos Dansby not being at practice:

"We're in a voluntary phase of our offseason. He has something minor, injury-wise, that he's been dealing with, and prefers to deal with it out of town. He should be back we're anticipating next week."

On Browns QB Johnny Manziel's trip to Las Vegas potentially causing concerns about his commitment:

"It doesn't. We have a saying in the NFL: as long as it doesn't affect your job. He was 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. He's done everything that we've asked. The playbook has not been an issue for him. It's something that I know a big deal was made of it [publically], but internally, we have an expectation for all of our players outside of the building to act a certain way, and it's really a non-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."

On the image that Manziel might have portrayed this past weekend:

"I'm not going to micromanage our players outside of the building."

On not being able to control reports or perceptions of those actions:

"We talk about worrying about things that we have control over. What gets put out there, we don't have control over. He didn't do anything illegal. To me, it's a non-issue."

On Manziel's commitment:

"As I already said, he's in good standing here. As far as with his work in the playbook and the time that he's been in the building, he's been outstanding. I know a lot of our guys got out of town. That's kind of the price tag you pay for having the reputation that he has. As I've already said, it's a non-issue for us."

On describing how Manziel has been outstanding in the facility:

"That he's done everything that we've asked and then some. He's very much on point with his preparation. He's been outstanding in the weight room, in the workout part of it, and he comes out here to practice and works as hard or harder as anybody else."

On if Manziel's preparation is why he opened practice with the second string this week compared to the third string last week:

"No. (Browns offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) will probably be able to speak to this a little bit better, but they have a plan for how they're going to rotate those guys. It was just a situation where it makes it a little bit difficult with us having to limit (Browns QB) Brian's (Hoyer) work with the ones just because of the situation we're in with keeping guys away from him. It really just ends up being fairly random which group he ends up going with."

On Manziel's consistency:

"As I stated before, and the comment was just paired down to ‘he was inconsistent,' all the rookies are inconsistent. I haven't seen a rookie come in this league and bat 1.000 right out of the gate in all my time in the NFL. Until we really get in and break the tape down and kind of see where he is, I know we're going to be difficult on him as far as just the little things – his footwork, situations where calling the play cleaner in the huddle. I thought we were slow getting in and out of the huddle at times. I just think that's getting used to a lot of the verbiage. As is the case with a bunch of other rookies, too, he's got a lot of stuff to get cleaned up."

On Browns DB Justin Gilbert's status, considering he had a wrap on during one portion of practice:

"No, I don't think it's anything serious. That was just a bag of ice."

On Browns RBs Ben Tate and Terrance West:

"I've been impressed. It's difficult when it's not live – you don't have pads on – but just the way I think they're both always looking to work north and south, I think, they have a good feel for the zone scheme and able to put their foot in the ground and get north and south. It's encouraging when you get the feel you're going to have runners that are going to get yardage after contact and are very rarely going to get knocked back."

On differences in Tate's and West's running styles:

"I think Terrance might be a little bit more north-south, where I think Tate can be a little bit more elusive in the open field, but it's close. They are fairly similar."

On how Manziel is perceived through social media:

"To me, my business is football. My dealings with the social media world are minimal. I'm not very concerned about that. Again, it falls back to the job that I have to do here is to get, at this point, 90 guys ready to play."

On if Browns WR Josh Gordon impresses him, and if he is worried that the Browns quarterbacks may be getting too dependent on him:

"He's been impressive. As I stated last week, until we hear otherwise, it'll be business as usual for us."

On if Browns WR Miles Austin is closer to practicing:

"Yeah, every day. Before we finish up with workouts here, he'll be out there. We just wanted to take it slow with him. We don't have a game until September, and given his history, we just wanted to be extra cautious with him."

On if Browns OL Chris Faulk and DL Desmond Bryant have significant injuries:

"No. I deem significant as they'll miss the start of training camp, and right now, I don't think there's anybody on the roster that's in danger of doing that."

On planning for uncertainty with Gordon's availability:

"You don't. You just practice. You roll those guys. We've got a lot of receivers that need to learn the system, and we've just been rotating them through."

On injury updates:

"The question on (Browns WR) Charles (Johnson), we anticipate him to be ready for the start of training camp, him and (Browns WR) Travis (Benjamin) both. Those two would be the only ones that potentially could start on PUP (physically unable to perform), but at this point, I think it looks pretty good that they'll both be able to start training camp."

On if he said anything to Manziel after he returned from Las Vegas:

"No, I just said be prepared for a lot of questions today about it."

On if Manziel's weekend is a topic of conversation among the team:

"I'm not in the locker room. Personally, I think it's overblown. More is made of it than it should be. If maybe he had gone somewhere else, but I think it's difficult in that situation, where I think wherever he goes, there's going to be issues."

On the Browns' reaction to the weekend as a sign of understanding Manziel's personality when drafting him:

"Yeah, and that's why until he proves otherwise, he's a grown man and we're not going to micromanage our players outside of the building."

On how much he wants to interject during practice, being a defensive coach:

"I'm a believer in putting together a great staff and letting them coach. I'm not going to jump in. I'll take notes during practice. Occasionally during practice, I'll have a question about something. I'll go to the coach first instead of the player. I've always been a part of a situation where whoever the coordinator was or the head coach worked from that mentality. Some questions have come up about my demeanor during practice. I'm going to let the coaches coach. I don't feel the need to put on a show. I think the players certainly appreciate that, and I know the assistants do, as well."

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