Pettine, McCown comment on TMZ report

Posted at 11:06 AM, Oct 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-01 11:06:27-04

The Cleveland Browns went back to work Wednesday to prepare for a trip to San Diego. 

But the biggest concern for the team—is there a rift in the locker room?

A story from TMZ broke Tuesday quoting three unnamed starting players for the Browns, saying Mike Pettine's decision to start Josh McCown over Johnny Manziel last weekend was a big mistake. 

The report claimed that the players felt holding Manziel back after the way he played two weeks ago is also holding back the Browns as a team. 

Mike Pettine addressed the report Wednesday.

"Are they going to have opinions? Certainly," Pettine said. "I'm confident there's no rift in the locker room. I think the way our players reacted signifies that. We talk about controlling the controlables, an external debate, as you put it, is something that we don't control." 

Josh McCown also responded. 

"Whether it is, you know, you think one guy has a better chance to win it or not, it doesn't matter," McCown said. "On Sunday, everybody is giving their best and that was evident this Sunday and I expect that moving forward. It doesn't matter to me, I mean whether it was, you know, three guys or 10 guys or whether we knew or not. It doesn't matter."

McCown is set to start Sunday as the Browns take on the Chargers.

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