Another day, another Hall of Famer suggesting that Johnny Manziel make better decisions about what he does off the field.
(Or is it another hour?)
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon recently echoed the views of several all-time greats who have concerns about the Cleveland rookie’s propensity to work hard and player harder.
“My biggest problem with him and it’s something he has to get used to and temper down a little bit, all guys are gonna go out and have a good time,” Moon told Alex Marvez and Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Quarterbacks, all different positions. But you don’t want to make it as public. You want to keep it more of a low profile when you are out having a good time. He tends to make it more of a high profile thing when he’s out, so that just opens up all this speculation and criticism by everybody out here. . . . It gives everybody a chance to have an opinion upon him. And a lot of that he brings upon himself by exposing everything that he does.”
Moon explained that he went to Las Vegas while he was playing, and that he’s sure plenty of other NFL players went to Vegas on Memorial Day weekend this year. But it was Manziel who made the biggest deal of his trip — and of other stuff he has done away from work.
“So he needs to be more low key about the things he does, and as long as he’s putting in the work off the field and on the field to become the best quarterback he can be, I have no problem with what he’s doing, except for the fact that he needs to keep more of a low profile,” Moon said.
The good news is that Manziel apparently has kept a low profile in the week or so since the offseason program ended. He’s got another month or so until it’s time to show up for training camp. If he can keep a low profile until then, it could be that Manziel is learning what he needs to do, and to not do, as an NFL player.
The media, which hasn’t had much access to Manziel since he was drafted, will get a chance to ask him what he has learned on Friday in conjunction with the Rookie Symposium. So we’ll see whether he’s repentant or defiant, and maybe by the end of the weekend we’ll see more pictures of Manziel riding large inflatable animals.