Before Johnny Manziel can commit to playing football, he needs to commit to himself.
After the Cleveland Browns decided that Manziel’s antics was enough, the former first round draft pick is now the third string quarterback behind Josh McCown and Austin Davis.
Seriously? None of those names scares anyone on defense. And to think if the former Heisman Trophy winner cannot beat either of those two out of the job to start, then how can he be a viable option behind center in the NFL? Yes, he is running out of options.
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Whether it is playing in Cleveland or wanting to play somewhere else or even hoping he gets traded – possibly to Dallas – Manziel is on the edge of becoming one of the biggest and highly regarded busts in NFL history.
Not everyone is busting on Manziel, he has some support from former NFL head coach and quarterback guru, Jon Gruden.
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"If he wants to be a great quarterback and realize his potential, let this be the day he gets awakened,'' Gruden told Cleveland.com on Saturday night. “He’s an inactive quarterback. He's on a 2-8 team. There's a lot of disappointment and frustration and he's the headline of it."
Gruden spent several days with Manziel prior to training camp and tried to help him prepare for his second NFL season.
For some NFL players, it takes a moment in time to change their direction, to set them on the right path. For former NFL wide receiver and Hall of Famer Cris Carter, it was being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles and Buddy Ryan. Carter’s substance abuse issues have been discussed for years. Manziel may not have the resolve like Carter, whose early life wasn’t as easy as the Texas A&M star.
And it seems no one is willing to really take him aside and help him mature on and off the field. All we see are videos of Manziel partying, have fun and living a rock star lifestyle. If he is going to realize his potential – which none of us are sure of yet – all of the outside distractions have to stop.
Most Browns fans will say the reason why Manziel is another quarterback failure in Cleveland is simply because he doesn't have enough desire.
His other analogy was spot on. Tom Brady is great because of his dedication to the game. He is not the most talented quarterback in the league, but he makes the skills he has work better than almost everyone else. When Manziel is out partying at two o’clock in the morning, Brady is either sleeping or studying game film.
The same can be said for any quarterback who gets it. Manziel does not.
There is a strong probability that Manziel will not see the playing field for the remainder of this season or if he will even dress out. There is also a strong possibility this is the last season we may see him in a Browns uniform.
Whether that means Manziel will be in another uniform next season is really up to him, should he be cut by the team that drafted him. Johnny Football must dedicate himself to getting better at football, but he must also get better at life. Then, and only then can he show the talent that made him a star and at least one team fall in love with him in the first place.
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