This is yet another example of the ridiculous ideas that come from media and other critics of Manziel. This is Mike Zimmer who actually coaches in the NFL saying things that make absolutely no sense to knock Manziel......
“We asked him all kinds of questions. … There are some flags that come up. All of the things that happened out in Los Angeles, the commercials and all that stuff; the position of quarterback in the NFL is such an important position and the reason these guys need to be a totally football-minded guy is the pressure of the position and being the face of an NFL team and doing everything right,” Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune.I guess Mike Zimmer has not seen Papa Johns or Tide commercials lately. While eating, sleeping, and breathing football, both Brees and Manning find time to do plenty of TV commercials. Yet, when Manziel does it, it is a huge red flag? I dont get it.
On top of that, at the college level, the players are only allowed to practice so many hours. To suggest doing commercials makes a player not devoted to the game while citing 2 players who do commercials as an example of what is an acceptable level of devotion to him, Zimmer shows himself to be clueless. I have a hard time believing Zimmer knows what he is talking about and therefore will likely struggle as a head coach in the NFL.
But, this has been going on since Manziel won the Heisman. Everything he does is thrown out there as some kind of "red flag". Show me the crimes that Manziel has committed and I might think there is an issue. Show me where Manziel abuses drugs on the Ryan Mallett level. Show me where Manziel shows himself to give up on the field or go Suh on someone because he is losing. No one can because it never happened. All Manziel did was go to a few frat parties, let people on twitter know he believes he is great, and brag a little on the field. Big deal. While he did all of that he showed himself to be a great competitor, leader, and winner. He did that while displaying incredible talent.
Here we have a guy who the great Nick Saban called "one of the greatest and most fierce competitors I ever saw". Yet somehow he is painted as this guy who dosent take the game seriously and has character issues. I hope all of the other teams buy into this nonsense and he is left on the board for the taking when the Dolphins select.
Some of the so called experts are on ESPN saying they wouldnt take him in the mid rounds. Merrill Hoge is on record saying he wouldnt draft him at all.
On the other hand, when Bob Griffin entered the draft, NOBODY in the media was saying any of this stuff. I was the one of the few saying I wouldnt draft him at all. There were obvious red flags about his character that Awsi pointed out on this forum, but the media painted Griffin as this perfect gentleman. Not only are these things reversed on these two players, Manziel is actually a good player whereas Bob Griffin is terrible. I wonder why it is that nobody in the media would say anything but pleasant stuff about Griffin, yet they are quick to bash Manziel?
All I know is that there are going to be some teams kicking themselves in the near future for passing on Manziel when they needed a QB in the worst way.