Young players got key experience during Browns loss, Pettine says
BEREA, Ohio– Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine spoke with reporters during his regular conference call following the team’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Cleveland was driving down the field as seconds ticked away in the fourth quarter. They got a first down, but did not have enough time to line up and get a play off before time ran out. The Chiefs won 17-13.
“Despite the result yesterday, watching the tape, I feel really good about the way we played in the second half,” Pettine said.
He said lots of young players got great on-the-field experience against Kansas City, including Johnny Manziel, Danny Shelton and Nate Orchard.
“There’s no substitute for live game reps,” Pettine said.
The Browns are now 3-12, giving them the worst record in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.
Bleacher Report reported there are rumors that Pettine will keep his job next season and general manager Ray Farmer will not, but the head coach said he doesn’t put much stock in that. Pettine also had little to say about the latest video showing Manziel partying.
Pettine said Armonty Bryant will be inactive against the Steelers following a traffic stop on Christmas.