Warren Moon speaks about Johnny Manziel


Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; NFL former quarterback Warren Moon answers questions from the media before a game between the Tennessee Titans and the New York Jets at LP Field. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak- USA TODAY Sports

In an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Hall of Fame quarterback and former Houston Oilers QB Warren Moon said Johnny Manziel has to make some changes to his game when he arrives in the NFL.

Moon said in the radio interview:

"“He’s (Manziel) is a risk taker and he gets away with a lot of little things. I just think in the NFL some of those things he’s going to have to take out of his game. He just won’t be able to get away with some of those things he did in college football …”"

Click here for the interview posted on NFL.com.

Mar 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel sit court side during the second quarter of the game between Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

I can’t disagree with Moon.

Manziel has the potential to be a star in the NFL, and smaller QBs have had great success in the NFL, look no further than Super Bowl champions Drew Brees and Russell Wilson, who are considered “undersized QBs” in the NFL.

I don’t see the Houston Texans selecting Manziel No. 1 overall, for the fact I don’t know how he would work in the Bill O’Brien offensive system. The QB’s who have had success in that system have been more pocket-type passers, than ones who scramble.

Manziel has shown at times he can be a pocket QB, and that he does have a good arm, but he plays with his instincts, and I just question his style of play and if he can last physically in the NFL.

Nothing personal against Manziel, but he draws comparisons to Michael Vick, and look at Vick’s injury record and how many games he’s missed from the injuries he’s suffered from that scrambling type of play. But I have to mention Manziel is tough, has taken a lot of big hits playing in the SEC.

And Manziel didn’t miss a start in college.

If Houston does select Manziel, I’m sure he’ll work out just fine for them, but if he doesn’t change some of his style of football like Moon recommends, how long will he last?

That’s my biggest concern,


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