Brady Quinn and Johnny Manziel got similar starts to their NFL careers. Both were highly-touted college quarterbacks who slipped in the draft, only to be snagged with the 22nd pick by the Cleveland Browns.
Quinn was chewed up by Cleveland’s quarterback graveyard and has been relegated to a back-up journeyman ever since. Meanwhile, Manziel is supposed to be the next savior, as the eyes of the NFL look to lakefront to see if Johnny Football lives up to the hype.
Why anyone cares enough to find out Brady Quinn thinks about anything, let alone the Browns’ quarterback situation is perplexing enough. But where is it written you can’t engage in the type of behavior Manziel’s been a part of to be a good quarterback?
Is constant studying and preparation supposed to make Manziel an elite player? If that were the case, Quinn would be starter in the league, not fighting for a roster spot.
The former Notre Dame star’s pedigree was off the charts when he entered the league. He played in a pro-style offense and was a gym rat.
It’s be ridiculous to suggest studying and preparation doesn’t help. Peyton Manning probably has a doctorate in play calling, while Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson are on an accelerated master’s program.
Maybe Manziel is studying and putting in the work. Remember that jab he took at everyone after his Memorial Day Vegas jaunt. The picture of Manziel’s playbook wasn’t worth a thousands words. It didn’t need to be. It shouted “I’m ready to work.” A declaration not good enough for many.
There is the fact that”fun” quarterback’s have won in the past. Joe Namath did it in the city that doesn’t sleep. Jim McMahon only showed up to his first public function as member of the Bears with a beer in hand.
Manziel’s only real problem is that he’s a young celebrity in a Twitter world. How does a 15-second video, or a photo atop an inflatable swan diminish his preparation for the upcoming season?
It doesn’t. And it shouldn’t.
Right now Manziel’s a 21-year-old kid who just signed his first pro contract. If he were 31 and displaying this type of behavior, there’d be some major cause for concern.