What Happened to Johnny Manziel?
It’s easy to get caught up with tabloids and rumors regarding Johnny Manziel these days. But, In many ways the tides have shifted for him. Many fans are cheering for his success and his detractors simply got exhausted and no longer care. Manziel has, on more than one occasion, publicly admitted and owned up to his past transgressions. Unlike in his second season, he appears to follow those words with positive actions.
He’s working diligently to get another opportunity in the NFL having made his way through the spring league, CFL, and now the AAF. What’s been clear to me during this showing by Manziel is that he clearly loves the sport, but he is the player we thought he was (and we let him off the hook).
The question now is what’s his motivation? Is he aspiring to become Johnny clipboard and spend the rest of his career as a backup? Once he was traded to Montreal, a lot of us waited for him to recapture that old Johnny Football magic, but that never fully materialized. We saw spurts of genius mixed in with a plethora of foolishness which should suggest that he’s no longer Johnny Football, but instead, Jonathan Paul Manziel. He had a better showing in the AAF, but that’s the AAF, it could easily be labeled as Tier 3 football behind the NFL and the CFL.
Manziel’s failures in the NFL can’t be linked to one thing. A number of related and unrelated factors played into account. But, I don’t know the man. I’ve never met him or spoken to him, therefore it would be inappropriate for me to suggest That his alleged addictions played a role. What I do know is that he was a talented college star who’s game required the right coaching staff and personnel department for him to have success at the pro level. He landed on the Browns and couldn’t beat out BRIAN HOYER for a starting spot. Sam Darnold could have lived the same life but his skills would’ve always been better than that of Hoyer’s.
Perhaps the coaching staff favored Hoyer. But it was not a good look. I understand the QB position is difficult and requires the athletes to be honed in at all times, but Manziel, as talented as we all thought he was, didn’t even receive another opportunity in the NFL. EVEN RYAN LEAF HAD MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES.
Manziel simply wasn’t good enough. His play wasn’t good enough. His behavior on the field wasn’t good enough. And his alleged off-field antics wasn’t good enough. He had a unique set of skills not conducive for long-term success in the NFL. But he was one hell of a college player
What is promising is that Manziel appears to have a clear goal in mind for his redemption story. He doesn’t seem to get caught up in all the brouhaha about his return to football. He’s embraced his flaws. Simply put, he’s living his best and most honest life. While I wholeheartedly doubt he’ll ever be a franchise starter in the NFL, there are 64 active roster spots for the QB position, someone may take a chance on the former Heisman trophy winner.
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