Friday, January 17, 2014
RTC: Johnny Football edition
By Tania Ganguli
Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
At times in this space we divert a bit from stories strictly about the Houston Texans. With all the talk about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the past few days, including ESPN's Mel Kiper mocking Manziel to the Texans in his first mock draft, this is as good a time as any to check in with what people are saying about Manziel.
We start with Chris Baldwin of Houston Culture Map, with his ever-entertaining columning style. I wondered how Case Keenum's biggest media fan would reconcile this glowing column about Johnny Manziel with his firm belief that Keenum should be the Texans' starter. It took a few paragraphs, but ultimately arrived here: "Despite the Houston media haters who cannot see Case Keenum as anything but a University of Houston fluke, there's no reason O'Brien couldn't craft a more than capable quarterback out of a competition between Keenum and a high second round draft pick. You're not going to find another Clowney for drafts and drafts to come. None of this takes away from Johnny Manziel's brilliance and how he's managed to make himself the most talked about player in football. Yet again."
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie praised Manziel on Thursday, writes Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. He spoke with reporters before heading to Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl next week. Interestingly, while McKenzie was very complimentary of Manziel, he also said he would prefer to sit a rookie quarterback for his first year.
Nate Griffin of Sports Radio 610 says the Texans should draft Manziel or trade down.
And on a radio show further north, Chuck Carlton and Kevin Sherrington from the Dallas Morning News give their takes on Manziel. Carlton says that in order for Manziel to be successful, his coach has to be willing to adapt his system to Manziel's talents. He isn't sure Bill O'Brien will be willing to do that because he is "a Patriots guy." I'd actually argue that one of Bill Belichick's hallmarks is the ability to be adaptable.
If you missed this story last week, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee launched DraftJohnnyManziel.com and a corresponding Facebook page, writes Allen Reed of TheEagle.com. In it, he tells Texans owner Bob McNair not to blow it.