As the Browns season winds down, the futures of both Johnny Manziel and Mike Pettine in Cleveland remain in serious doubt.

Manziel has shown significant signs of improvement this season, which has given many people hope. However, his off the field issues have become a recurring theme, making it difficult for the organization to trust him with its future. These issues have also created a strained relationship between Manziel and his head coach. In all reality, the chances of both remaining in Cleveland in 2016 is highly unlikely, especially considering the Browns current 3-11 record.

Stability is the key to success.

Just look at the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are the standard when it comes to stability as they've used just three coaches since 1969: Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin. All threehave accumulated at least 90 wins and all three have won a Super Bowl. Since 1999, the Steelers have used 10 different starting quarterbacks. Kordell Stewart, Tommy Maddox and Ben Roethlisberger account for the overwhelming majority of those starts.

Compared with the Steelers, the Browns organization seems like a dumpster fire. Since the franchise returned in '99, the Browns have utilized eight different head coaches in 16 seasons. Furthermore, the Browns QB situation has become a running joke. Cleveland has used 24 different starting quarterbacks throughout that 16 year span.

Unfortunately for Cleveland, stability isn’t in the works for 2016. An unhealthy relationship between QB and head coach never ends well. So this leads to the question, who stays and who goes?

Manziel was brought in fresh off his Heisman campaign at Texas A&M. When he first arrived in “The Land” fans were hopeful that they finally had their guy.

Ever since he arrived, though, there's been constant QB controversy. Whether it was with Brian Hoyer or Josh McCown, “Johnny Football” has constantly been fighting for time.

However, in Week 10, Manziel started against the Steelers and put on an impressive performance. He completed 33 of 45 passes for 372 yards and a touchdown, earning him a 95.8 passer rating.

Various off the field incidents resulted in him riding the bench until week 14 when he reestablished himself as a reliable starter, leading the Browns to just their 3rd win of 2015. He followed that up with a respectable performance against the highly touted Seattle defense in week 15.

Manziel has made huge strides on the football field, but ultimately it will depend on whether the Browns feel they can trust him off the field going forward.

As for Pettine, recent history anticipates him not returning in 2016, since Browns coaches don't get much time to prove themselves. He was brought over from Buffalo to be a defensive-minded head coach who could change the losing culture in Cleveland. At first it seemed Pettine might have finally been the right hire for the Browns as they rushed off to a 6-3 start.

However, since then the Browns are just 4-17.

The worst part is Pettine can’t even get the defense playing well. The Browns rank 26th in the league in total defense and 31st in rush defense. Obviously there have been injuries, but they're no excuse for how bad that defense is. They look lost, unprepared, and unmotivated.

For the Browns to find success, either Manziel or Pettine have to go. Stability starts with trust, so the Browns would have to place full trust in Manziel and be patient as he matures. Originally, Pettine seemed like he could change the culture, but now it seems like it’s not meant to be. The Browns need to find a proven coach who knows how to win.

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