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Joe Thomas

Browns didn't discuss cutting Johnny Manziel before benching

The Browns believe sacking Johnny Manziel themselves will do him good.

One day after taking Manziel's starting job from him for breaking his promise to stay out of the spotlight and behave during the bye week, Browns coach Mike Pettine explained his decision was necessary.

He benched Manziel because Johnny Football didn't keep his word.

"It's the trust, the accountability part of it," Pettine said. "This is where we had an obvious shortcoming."

Manziel was dumped as Cleveland's starter and dropped to third string by Pettine, who was angry after a video emerged of the second-year QB partying last week in Texas while the Browns were off....