When Will It Click for Johnny Manziel?
With finals week fast approaching, you probably think no one’s life is falling more into shambles than yours.
Well, there is someone, and his name is Johnny Manziel.
Over the past year, Manziel vowed to keep his name out of off-the-field interactions as the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, won the starting job, lost it because of off the field interactions and then was released, losing his job because of the interactions. Recently, Manziel just lost his second agent in as many months, Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus refused to stand by someone in the nature they’re in, like Manziel, stating that “it’s a life or death situation for him.” Rosenhaus gave Manziel a five-day window to get his act in line and seek help but Manziel didn’t budge and stayed true to his TMZ party lifestyle.
Manziel is used to the spotlight, regarding TMZ reporters as his “TMZ family.” Manziel has his heart set on playing in the 2016 season, but the big question is, “Does anyone have the courage to take this guy?”
The guy won the Heisman trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M and has more potential than anyone. He got thrown into a terrible situation in Cleveland that left him with no offensive weapons. He did what he could with very little when given the opportunity, but usually with a terrible defense and an offense tough to operate. Manziel and the Browns were usually out of games quickly. Manziel’s lack of on-field production was just a side note compared to the rehab visit, domestic scandal with his girlfriend, the partying videos, the partying videos and some more partying videos.
At 23 years old, he is still young and, with a change of attitude, might be able to contribute at the NFL level. As of right now, no team will guarantee anything with “Johnny Football” because he has been such a liability off the field. If you were to ask right now where his best situation would be, I might say Denver and have John Elway almost babysit him alongside linebacker and former A&M Aggie, Von Miller. Denver has an opening at quarterback and could use anything over Mark Sanchez. And with Manziel being so young and having time to develop, he could literally turn into the face of the franchise if he could get his act together and step up his play and leadership on the field.
This one is all on Johnny, and he needs to do what’s best for him. As of right now, that would be checking into rehab because he cannot control himself. After Manziel visited rehab the last time, he actually controlled himself and stayed out of the spotlight for a while until about midseason. All I’m gonna say is it’s pretty embarrassing when the guy’s own father says he’s nervous about how long his son might live under his current lifestyle.
All you can hope for is that the guy has a realization that he can play in the NFL but not with his present motivation. I can firmly say I am still a believer in Johnny Manziel; I still have hope that he can be a good starting quarterback in the league. He brings a dual threat to the field, as seen against Kansas City this year where he broke the Browns rushing yards record in a game by a quarterback with 108 yards. He’s received an outpouring of support from past teammates and other players around the league who are willing to help him get through what he’s going through, but Manziel still refuses.
In the end, you just have to ask, when will it click in Manziel’s head that no team wants him right now with the way he’s acting? Here’s my message to Johnny: Get help and go back to doing what you do best and that’s not partying, it’s playing football and being “Johnny Football.” Look in the mirror and realize no team is gonna have a starting quarterback that parties all day, then comes in hungover the next day. It doesn’t work like that in the NFL, and he learned the hard truth. Not many people get second chances and if he doesn’t find help, he doesn’t deserve one, but if he can find help and change his lifestyle, I'd give a contract to Johnny Manziel.