First-year coach Mike Pettine could have done better with the Browns' quarterback situation in recent weeks, but he seems to have learned from his mistake. After naming Brian Hoyer the starter, Pettine put to rest the idea that rookie Johnny Manziel could see the field in specialty packages or otherwise.

"This is Brian's job," the coach said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. "I never think of it as it's a leash or we want a guy to be a game manager. We want him to be confident and go out and play."

So, under what situation might we see Manziel?

"Give me a crystal ball and I'll give you that answer," Pettine said. "The season is so long. So much can happen, and we don't want ... Brian looking over his shoulder thinking, 'Hey, I make one bad throw and I'm out.' But over time, if you feel you need to make a change -- it's not just at quarterback, it'll be at other positions as well. You have guys that you have penciled in that you hope can be that guy for you for the year, but that rarely works out in the league. Time will only tell.