Apr 15, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA;Johnny Manziel
sits front row to watch the Texas Rangers play against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Johnny Manziel continues to draw media attention and get people talking. He landed the coveted front page of Sports Illustrated. You really cannot blame him, he lives for the attention and knows how to make it work for him. I applaud that. However, the Texans have never shown a desire to deal with the circus that’s going to follow Manziel into the NFL. Take away the football angle for just a moment, and look at what will happen to the team that takes “Johnny Football.” Media hype, a kid with a Texas sized ego who seems almost addicted to the chaos he leaves in his wake.
Some would see this a good thing. A strong, sure, confident young man who isn’t going to crack under pressure and sell lots of tickets. The flip side of that, is the massive distraction to the team and how will he handle losing? Being the center of attention is a two edged sword. Bob McNair has not shown a propensity towards tolerating “ME” players. Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Brian Cushing, JJ Watt, Antonio Smith… Matt Schaub. All low key in terms of drama, no real “LOOK AT ME” players. The last time we had a player like that, the infamous “PAY ME, RICK” shoes fiasco, Rick Smith and Co. parted ways with Mr. Robinson
This is I think, aside questions of size, durability or other football considerations are why the Texans are looking at other options for their first choice in the draft or even trading down. Maybe Mr. Manziel will be the next Tom Brady, but from this vantage point of history the warning signs are too large to ignore. Personally, I hope wherever he lands he has a good, solid, long career.
Except against Houston of course!
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I just can’t see the Texans taking that kind of over the top player. Even in this season of change, some things will not.
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