Should Manziel be momentarily mad at March?

Johnny Manziel did not have a good March in 2019. Enough to drive someone to madness. Why do I say that, let’s look at the stats:
Jobs Lost………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2
Montreal Alouettes
Memphis Express during the game which lead to a win, although in fairness, he did not start the game either.
Leagues Barred from …………………..………………………………………………….………1
Canadian Football League
League he was physically knocked out of…………………………………………………………1
Alliance of American Football
Wife’s Lost…………………………………………………………………………………………1
Bre Tiesi

This has not been a month to put on his highlight reel. No moment in March. In fact, he could occupy multiple spots on a Not Top 10 list. Still anyone who is mildly observant could have predicted this. Maybe not the injury but the interception to led to it. Anyone who can get passed the hype could see that Manziel’s potential was not translating into kinetic results.

This started with the hype surrounding a teenager. Manziel’s nickname was Johnny Football. A high school nickname that survived when he got to Texas A&M. It was a smart marketing move to promote this somewhat talented football player.

To go along with this slick sounding nickname, Manziel had a “Heisman Moment”. Playing an Alabama team that was ranked #1 and would beat Notre Dame in one of the most lopsided games played in the disastrous BCS era of college football, Manziel was able to quarterback a win. He did account for a lot of the offense but he did not play a down for the defense. I think he got far too much credit for the win. But it provided his “Heisman Moment”.

I think this has tainted his own career by creating a unrealized if not unrealistic hope for his potential. I say unrealized because he did not win a championship that year or any other while in college. But the impact has gone beyond just his career.

Since 2012; sports reporters have looked for a “Heisman Moment” each year. Instead of doing their job of assessing a player’s entire body of work for a year; the reporters want to phone it in. Show one clip of one player doing one thing as if that means the player is the best out of the almost 8000 players who suit up in Division 1. These sports reporters get paid to watch football and instead want to be lazy and rely on one play to make the determination as to who is the best.

I digress, Johnny Manziel grew up rich. His family has money that without full accounting may span multiple generations. During the 2012-14 time frame another famous personality was given a lot of attention for their “antics”. Miley Cyrus had her various peccadillos on display as she was shading her Hannah Montana skin. She also grew up rich. But both were college-aged and doing things most college age kids do (partying, drinking, and gyrating). These two just had the spotlight of being famous to deal with as well.

But Miley Cyrus has seemed to pull herself together. Continuing a music career that put her on the charts. Songs like “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” will keep her famous. And her personal life is filled with good news like her wedding to Liam Hemsworth.

Johnny Manziel played and partied his way out of the NFL. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. In his two seasons there; the Browns were 10-22 well under .500. In his first season, he played in 5 games started 2 and lost all of them. His second season, played in double the number of games (10) but only got one win. After being named starter, he must of thought he could go where he wanted and opted for Las Vegas over Cleveland.
Last season in the CFL, Manziel played for two teams the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes. Not very good for either. And he got barred from the entire league.

Why the Alliance of American Football (AAF) even wanted he is a mystery. Because of league rules, the worst team in the league had first crack at him. The Memphis Express started the year with 3 better options than Manziel. But by the time Manziel was available Zach Mettenberger was on injured reserve. Brandon Silvers and Christian Hackenberg had only mustered one win between them. So the team decided to take a chance on “Johnny Football”.

That lead to this week’s loss to the Orlando Apollos. The Apollos have the best record in the AAF and were the first to earn a playoff spot last week. And they have the most NFL ready quarterback in the Texas/SMU produced Garrett Gilbert who spent two games with the Carolina Panthers in the 2018-19 season. Gilbert was at Texas while Manziel was at A&M producing a “Heisman Moment”. But Gilbert has kept his nose to the grindstone to become a reliable QB who was ready to lead his team to victory when they were down 28-31 in the fourth quarter.

So it was a contrast for the Apollos to be playing Memphis. The Express has the worst record in the East and tied for the worst in the league. Which is who Manziel ended up there. And Manziel is squandering another chance to change potential into kinetic. As the Express are eliminated from the postseason.

If Johnny recovers; I am unsure why he would take a snap for the team. The Express should just roll with 2 QBs for the rest of the season. Let Silvers and Hackenberg try to impress the NFL scouts. They have been with the team from the start so they have earned some loyalty.

As for Johnny, football might not be his thing. Maybe relationships aren’t either. I am sure there is plenty of jobs in Vegas available. Or if he must, he can rely on his family’s money.

I think it is time for sports reporters to stop talking about “Johnny Football”. Leave his story to entertainment news outlets like TMZ or People or whoever makes the Kardashians famous. Although his soon to be ex has a leg up on him being an influencer, Bre seems right in line with athletic prowess. Either way, the moment has ended.

About drphlgoode

Just an Average Joe
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