The Ravens will enter a brave new world Monday, having a quarterback other than starter Joe Flacco (knee) start a game for the first time since 2007 when Matt Schaub leads them Monday against the Cleveland Browns.
But that still gives them a more settled situation under center than the opposing Browns, who on Tuesday announced that 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel would no longer start at quarterback because of video that surfaced over the weekend of Manziel drinking at a club in his native Texas. Josh McCown will start instead.
Cleveland was on a bye last week, but in their previous game, Manziel threw for 373 yards and completed 73 percent of his passes in a 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Mike Pettine announced this month that the Browns, now 2-8, would start Manziel for the rest of the season and see what they have in the former Heisman Trophy winner.
But after Manziel did an offseason stint in rehab for undisclosed substance abuse issues and made multiple promises to clean up his act, the latest incident was too much for the Browns to stomach.
In a statement on the team website, Pettine said: "Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny, just like we do for every player in our locker room. I’m especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard. The improvements from last year to this year have been tremendous but he still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level.
"It goes well beyond the field. We are going to continue to support him in every way possible, but at this point, we’ve decided it’s best to go with Josh as the starter going forward."
McCown was the Browns' quarterback in Week 5 at M&T Bank Stadium against the Ravens, and threw for 457 yards and two touchdowns, with completions on 36 of 51 attempts in the 33-30 Browns win.