Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is confident with himself — a little too confident, one may add. The former Aggies star believes he’s the real deal, saying that he’d love to be the face of a franchise. Manziel doesn’t just want his presence noticed, he wants people to roll out the red carpet for his rocket arm and quick legs. He feels the Houston Texans, who possess the first overall pick for the 2014 draft, would highly regret passing on him.
“It would be the worst decision they’ve (the Texans) ever made,” he told The Houston Chronicle of the possibility. “I’d be in the same division playing against them twice a year. Sorry, but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito.”
Wow, the chip that’s already the size of a rocket ship can actually grow more? That’s a bold statement from “Johnny Football.” Manziel’s impressive; he’s made magnificent plays, keeping Aggies football exciting. He’s made some off-the-wall plays, making opposing defenders look silly, turning their heads as if they’re trying to spot a shooting star.
The Texans could use a quarterback; the Texans couldn’t use Manziel. Manziel’s talented; his ways of thinking are not. The number one trait that needs to be tagged to a quarterback is leadership — no, not just getting into the huddle and putting everyone on the same page; it’s maturity, something Manziel doesn’t have. Manziel’s ego overtakes him; he rarely credits his teammates. He’s constantly lost in his own limelight, going to extremes of saying that he wants to take online classes for less of a distraction. He has a diva-like attitude, appearing like he’s already arrived.
After winning the Cotton Bowl in 2013, Manziel embarked on a wild journey of gambling, drinking, and other antics. Sure, it doesn’t seem too bad, but it shows his blatant lack of maturity. While Texas A&M was losing in a game, which didn’t happen often, Manziel would make lousy decisions and turn the ball over a lot more. Let’s face it: in the NFL he won’t have a lead in every game; teams are advanced and will challenge him more. If he cannot grow up and be more constructive with his time, he’ll be another story of a talented quarterback who didn’t change himself to make it.
Manziel loves to rush the ball, gaining 759 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. There were plenty of plays where the outside lineman missed his him by a hair; in the pros, the defensive lineman will catch you. Manziel needs to develop his passing game more.
Houston has talent on their roster. The quarterback position is a need; they could look at Teddy Bridgewater or someone else. Manziel isn’t a bad player, he just has growing to do. He needs to mature. He needs to realize that he plays with other guys in the locker room that share the same love for football as he does, forcing himself to embrace it. His attitude that puts himself above everyone won’t work. If Manziel doesn’t come off the pedestal, he’ll get knocked down to a long, agonizing fall.