Skip to comments.Keidel: Pro Football Meets Johnny Football
Posted on 05/09/2014 7:45:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin
But what happens after the fall? When, to paraphrase John Facenda, the game becomes a duel in the rain and cold November mud? When the wind whips in from Lake Erie, and the monstrous arms of Big Ben and Joe Flacco fling the ball through the ornery winter snow? While Johnny Manziel falls face-first into the muck, crunched by Geno Atkins or Brett Keisel?
Brian Hoyer is getting the cosmetic decency of the starting job in May. But anyone with a pulse knows you draft Johnny Manziel to start Johnny Manziel. Hes too famous, too fabulous, to squat on the pine. Especially in Cleveland, a town that lost its soul when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, and hasnt won an NFL title since 1964.
Thats not to say he cant play or play well. No player has ever burst into the NFL with more moxie and celebrity than Manziel, who also enters the league with the best handle in history: Johnny Football.
Many of us wanted to see Manziel plucked by the Dallas Cowboys, the sports most famous and dysfunctional team and the drafts most compelling figure. Jerry Jones, who adores the spotlight, actually drafted by need. Go figure.
Cleveland has needs, too. They need a lot more than Johnny Manziel. Do they even need Johnny Manziel? Can a team build from the ground-up with a player people expect to walk on water?
Johnny Football is a long way from Texas. But for the first time in a long time, the Browns matter. Theyve already sold 1,200 season tickets since last night. Theyre all there to see Johnny Manziel win. Will they stick around if he loses?
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With the history the Browns have with QBs, I hope he rents a short lease apartment.
Whatever happened to that homosexual boy who was in the draft? There was much ado being made of it in the sports press. Apparently he was primed to make quite the fashion statement. Did anybody pick him?
Tries to watch sports center and it was all Manziel, seriously they seemed insane. Dallas dissed him? He is the Browns savior? Why talk about this guy and not all of those better players picked up before him?
Reminds me of the old golf coverage being Tiger Woods, even when he was last place or all NASCAR coverage being about Danica Patrick, who I doubt has even come close to winning a single race.
It is extremely annoying that they choose one person to hype that way, and it makes me hope Manziel turns out to be a major dud
Ryan Leaf is hoping for the same outcome!
Funny that two other players from A&M were drafted ahead of him.
They are still working on the third round with four to go. Homo boy will get picked near last, if at all.
Several weeks ago Johnny Football shot a 79 at Pebble Beach!
I live in the area and can relate. If the Browns would allow a QB to stay long enough to help build a culture, I think they would have a chance. However, if a coach or QB doesn’t win a super bowel in one or two seasons ... they are gone.
The only crap coach they hung onto, even though he was a loser as head coach, was Romeo Crennel and only because he was black. Didn’t want to give the locals an excuse to bitch, moan and complain.
It is almost like the owners really don’t want a winning team.
LOL! "Homo boy"! That last line drew a chuckle out of me!
It remains to be written if he can leave the league with an enduring handle like "Broadway Joe"
Agree with you about sports center, but just because someone is picked earlier doesn’t mean he is better than someone picked later. Russell Wilson was third round, Kaepernick was second, and Brady wasn’t even drafted (as I recall). They are clearly better than all or almost all who were drafted ahead of them. Who gets picked when depends in large part on what a team needs. Sometimes choices are simply bizarre, like SF’s choice in the first round. Bortles went no. three, but other than height and weight his stats from playing in a weak conference were nowhere as good as Manziel’s. The Jag’s probably thought that Bortles would help sell teickets as a “hometown” boy, and it may workout that way, but there is no evidence that he will perform as well as Manziel. I think Manziel may be the best athlete in the draft, but I don’t mean that he is necessarily the best football player. If you’ve watched him you’ll see a leader, a competitor, a great arm, speed, and an almost supernatural sense of what will happen next on the field and how to get out of jams. He is exciting. Whether he succeeds depends a lot on the Browns’ system, the quality of the coaches, whether he has anyone good to throw to, whether the line can protect him, etc. Manziel is a lot like Wilson, but with better athleticism. He may do better than people expect if the Browns are at all a good fit. I also think Bortles and Carr will be pretty good. A.J. McCarron could also be a surprise.
For a long time I suspected that the Tribe was run so badly because the string of various owners were using it as a tax write-off.
I fear (and am speaking as someone who has rooted for the Browns for half a century) that before Manziel’s first season is over he will have SREELETS or SNEVAR permanently stenciled on this chest.
Or maybe both.
No, no ... like the Cubs, I think the tribe stadium is built on old Indian burial ground, that’s why they can’t win. LOL
The offensive line is that bad?
Was not like Delhomme was a lousy QB when he had a decent team. Seem to recall he was a few plays from winning a Superbowl if the clock had not run out.
He’s not a pocket QB.
I’m afraid that Johnny is going to take a huge hit some day if he zigs when he should have zagged.
It’s the NFL. Every player is big, fast, and football savvy. Especially in the AFC North.
The answer to whether he can take a hit will probably be answered faster in his new division than any other...
The Browns need to find a coach and stick with him, find a QB and stick with him, find an offense system and stick with it, and stay innovative on defense.
Pfft! Nobody is worried about the Bengals.
The only threat the Cincinnati poses to the Browns — is when the Bengals steal Cleveland’s place at the bottom of the division.
The keys to Manziel’s success will be his leadership abilities and how his teammates respond to him....If he has good leadership capabilities he will be successful.
yep--my nephew works there :)
[I say this as someone whose father took him to see his first Steeler game up on “The Hill” in 1961.] You should check your assumptions: Cincy’s defense in 2013 was better than both the Ravens’ and the Steelers’.
And one of them, Moke Evans, said Johnny should have gone first.
Manziel needs tall receivers like he had at A&M. Cleveland did the right thing by passing over Lee in the 2nd round.
Evans made Manziel that much better.
Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round. Pick number 199.
Couple of years ago I saw one of the best signs ever in the stands while watching a Browns game .............
Rebuilding since 1964
Johnny is going to be shifted to WR and will take over for Josh “Drug Test”Gordon. That is why they passed on Sammy Watkins
Some would put the struggling Lolo Jones in that category as well style over substance.
“Look at her! As pretty as she is, she deserves at least one gold medal, or maybe her own talk show.”
Cleveland: The Elephant Bone Yard of QBs
If Manziel can avoid the big hit, he’ll probably do okay. If Cleveland doesn’t already have a running game, I don’t see Manziel’s presence on the field opening ruing lanes. If there’s no running game, defenders will shut him down.
Thanks! Nevertheless, I don’t think anyone would say that those drafted ahead of him were all more talented players ;-)
You were almost right, Danica has only won a single race.
On the other hand, she has been top 10 for the season multiple times and has taken top 5 in a ton of races. I think most of us would be very satisfied with being one of the 10 best in our profession.
You are right, but that’s true for any QB. Manziel will probably modify what his freewheeling style in the NFL, especially if the Browns have a defense, which A&M lacked entirely (How do you score 42 points on Alabama and lose? It’s easy with the A&M defense.). Still, he has better vision, reactions, and anticipation than anyone I’ve ever seen. He’ll probably get away with more than the typical QB, and it will be interesting to watch.
Amen to that. Cleveland and Oakland are the black hole for QB’s.
Crennel is a good assistant coach, he is terrible as a head coach.
I will say this about Manziel. He is one of the best thinking quarterbacks to come out of college in a long time. If he stays healthy, he will be in the hall of fame someday.
More importantly, Manziel is a leader, which is the most important trait for a quarterback...He looks like the kind of guy that won’t tolerate receivers not running their routes properly. I think the entire team will take on his personality.
To build him up before they tear him down.......they love doing that.
Tebow would likely be playing today had it not been for all the media attention that turned him into a distraction for any team thinking of signing him......
I agree. Whether the Browns are a good fit, who knows. I think young QBs are much more susceptible to being ruined by being drafted by the “wrong” team than players at other positions.
The sports press is still giving him undeserved publicity.
True, but there are guys doing better who we’re getting zero attention during the Danica-craze