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Orlovsky says NFL quarterbacks are never off the clock

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A veteran quarterback best known for running the wrong way is trying to get Johnny Football pointed in the right direction.

The ongoing Johnny Manziel drama arises from the notion that Manziel is capable of working hard and playing harder, that he can do what he needs to do as a quarterback while still doing whatever he wants to do when off the clock.  Lions backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who has never done white lines but who ran over over a fairly large one while being chased by Jared Allen (credit/blame Josh Alper for that one), recently told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast (not to be confused with the Ross Tucker Taffy Pull Podcast) that an NFL quarterback is never off the clock.

“You need to understand that playing quarterback in the NFL is going to be like being the President of the United States, where you’re on 24/7/365,” Orlovsky said regarding advice he was given by his position coach at Connecticut, current Towson head coach Rob Ambrose.  “You can’t be off.  You can’t ever think that you’re ‘the norm.’  It’s like you’re the president.  You don’t ever see the President of the United States thinking he can act like a normal 40-year-old guy.”

Orlovsky got similar advice as a rookie from former Lions offensive coordinator Ted Tollner.

“I read some of the things about Manziel and guys saying, ‘Live your life.’  But I just think that’s unrealistic.  Because how many 22-year-olds just got given $15 million to run a company?  I mean, that’s what he is.  He’s the CEO of a company.  If he wants to be that, then he just can’t.  It’s never worked out.  You can’t point and find me one guy who’s been able to do it that way and successfully. . . . To be quarterback in the NFL is like being Barack Obama.”

Orlovsky nevertheless believes it’s worth it, since there are only 32 NFL quarterbacks.

“You just can’t think you just can go do whatever you want and live your life the way you want,” Orlovsky said.  “Because it won’t work out.”

We’ll see whether it works out for Manziel.  If it does, however, he’ll be the exception.

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44 Responses to “Orlovsky says NFL quarterbacks are never off the clock”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Jul 8, 2014 2:34 PM

    What I basically took from this is a dude who started for an 0-16 team should give advice on how to be NFL quarterback… yeah Manziel keep on doing you and be ready for training camp so you can win the starting QB job.

  2. 12444uggg says: Jul 8, 2014 2:35 PM

    He’s right, except the current POTUS has a history of taking naps during fairly important events.

    Oh and thanks for playing okay-ish for the Colts to get two wins.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 8, 2014 2:37 PM

    That would be great if this country would elect a President who is willing to be responsible and attentive in his or her post 24/7/365. Maybe every minute is not possible, but I think the position should have higher expectations than have previously been set. Maybe Orlovsky would make a good President one day if this football championship drive thing doesn’t work out.

  4. danind says: Jul 8, 2014 2:41 PM

    nothing to see here. just another excuse for this website to post something about Manziel. this is becoming the 24 hour Johnny Football TMZ website. unreal.

  5. weepingjebus says: Jul 8, 2014 2:43 PM

    If Manziel and Obama switch places you’ll see immediate improvement in both areas. Hilarious and deeply depressing at the same time.

  6. danind says: Jul 8, 2014 2:43 PM

    I think Orlovski meant to say he shouldn’t behave like Obama. Obama has been absent for 6 years.

  7. moeman79 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:47 PM

    Whoo hoo expensive vacations on the team and lots of golf!

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 8, 2014 2:49 PM

    “If you fart, it has to be a Presidential fart…”.

  9. lars1459 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:50 PM

    Hey, he is just giving some advice. Why jump on the guy. Manziel is setting himself up to be second guessed. I predict crash ANC burn off the guy, but I have been wrong before.

  10. bobby2478 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:50 PM

    Putting politics aside, he makes a great point that Johnny Football and ANY other QB would be wise to follow.

    What he says is in essence what Peyton Manning and Tom Brady do, they are a QB 24/7/365, they NEVER take a day off. That is why they are elite QB’s. Russel Wilson also has this work ethic and he won a SB last year.

    Today, to be a true franchise QB you need to eat, sleep and breathe football all day every day. You need to constantly work to get better and improve, because that’s what every player in the league regardless of position is doing.

    It isn’t college where you can get by purely on natural talent. In the NFL natural talent isn’t enough at the QB position. You also have to be the hardest working guy on the team. Peyton Manning was an elite college QB but he doesn’t stop, which is why he’s been so dominating in the NFL.

  11. casualmalexlfan says: Jul 8, 2014 2:54 PM

    I guess I’m foolish for thinking that an article with the Detriot Lions back-up QB in the headline wouldn’t actually be another story about Johnny Manziel.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 8, 2014 2:59 PM

    Don’t worry, when Johnny goes to a nightclub in Vegas with a couple of Playboy models, a pocket full of cash, and assorted celebrity hangers on in tow, the first thing he thinks is “Now, what would Barack do in this situation?”.

  13. kremis says: Jul 8, 2014 3:01 PM

    And after his comments he inexplicably ran out of the endzone……

  14. DocHoliday says: Jul 8, 2014 3:09 PM

    I’m pretty sure Eli and Peyton and many others have done SNL and several other things to “take off”. its a joke.

  15. jayhawk6 says: Jul 8, 2014 3:11 PM

    Well intended, valid advice from his elders is like water off a duck’s back for Johnny Football.

    He may become the most famous ignorer of Donte Stallworth’s admonition to NFL newcomers at this year’s Rookie symposium that they should let somebody else learn life’s lessons the hard way so the newcomers can look at them and then avoid them and all the bad consequences that follow.

  16. jjackwagon says: Jul 8, 2014 3:12 PM

    The big “O” hasn’t ever been on-the-clock, so how would he know.
    But he is still better than any of the Qbs in Oakland.

  17. phinfanatic84 says: Jul 8, 2014 3:14 PM

    What is going on with Dan Orlovsky? I’ve read his name more in the past week than I have the whole time that he has been in the league.. Is he craving attention now that he he’s tired of holding a clipboard?

  18. snoqualmkanem says: Jul 8, 2014 3:16 PM

    “It isn’t college where you can get by purely on natural talent. In the NFL natural talent isn’t enough at the QB position. You also have to be the hardest working guy on the team. Peyton Manning was an elite college QB but he doesn’t stop, which is why he’s been so dominating in the NFL.”

    Dominating in the regular season… there.. fixed it for you…

  19. tjacks7 says: Jul 8, 2014 3:26 PM

    Sucks you have to work 24/7/365 just to hold a clipboard on Sundays.

  20. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 8, 2014 3:28 PM

    If Johnny Manziel can be as good a quarterback as Barack Obama is a president, he will be the biggest bust in NFL history.

  21. purpleguy says: Jul 8, 2014 3:28 PM

    Apparently Orlovsky has taken the place of Nate Burleson as the Lions new spokesmodel. Next thing you know, he’ll be delivering pizzas too.

  22. steelerben says: Jul 8, 2014 3:28 PM

    I think what he is trying to say is that being an NFL quarterback is basically the same as being the leader of the free world. Which makes sense when you think that being responsible for throwing a ball for millions of dollars is EXACTLY the same as being in charge of the entire nuclear arsenal of the United States.

  23. micknangold says: Jul 8, 2014 3:36 PM

    “I think what he is trying to say is that being an NFL quarterback is basically the same as being the leader of the free world. Which makes sense when you think that being responsible for throwing a ball for millions of dollars is EXACTLY the same as being in charge of the entire nuclear arsenal of the United States.”

    Actually, if you read the whole quote before you rushed down to the comments for your subpar joke, you’d have seen Orlovsky clarify exactly in what way it’s like being the President – you’re always in the spotlight, can’t really get away with anything. Papparazis’ll get ya the same way the 24-hour policial news cycle will get ya, just for different reasons.

  24. steelerben says: Jul 8, 2014 3:43 PM

    “You need to understand that playing quarterback in the NFL is going to be like being the President of the United States, where you’re on 24/7/365. You can’t be off. You can’t ever think that you’re ‘the norm.’ It’s like you’re the president. You don’t ever see the President of the United States thinking he can act like a normal 40-year-old guy.”

    You’re right, I don’t know how I could think from that quote he was saying that being an NFL quarterback was anything like being president.

  25. urhooked says: Jul 8, 2014 3:44 PM

    Well, maybe not exactly like being the leader of the free world, but QB in the NFL is a unique position.

    The CBA mandates at least one off-day per week for players during the season, with two exceptions: 1) players with injuries can be called into the facility for treatment on off-days; and 2) players at the QB position. Teams can allow off-days at their discretion, but are not mandated to do so under the CBA. We’ll see how that works out.

  26. nyking1963 says: Jul 8, 2014 3:49 PM

    Doesn’t Orlovsky realize that some of these 23 year olds on here know more than he does? they think they’re the same as Manziel..you know they go to clubs too and do all of the things other 23 year olds do…They have all of these people surround them and just want to be seen with them.
    The only difference is they have to get up for work the next day and pump gas..which is just as taxing as playing QB in the NFL. Somehow they’re able to do it and be successful. So what’s the difference between them and Manziel?
    Gotta love the stupidity of youth. We were all there too. You learn later on in life just what an idiot you really were. So will they.

  27. datageek94 says: Jul 8, 2014 3:51 PM

    “he can do what he needs to do as a quarterback while still doing whatever he wants to do when off the clock”

    That worked in college, won’t work in the NFL.

  28. x716199121 says: Jul 8, 2014 3:54 PM

    So when are Quarterbacks going to start getting torn apart for spending time with their family or going on vacation with them? It’s not like you’re any closer to football when you’re on a beach as opposed to hanging out in Las Vegas.

  29. pillowporkers says: Jul 8, 2014 4:05 PM

    It’s the truth. That’s the difference between Gronk and Johnny. Gronk can be a meathead because he doesn’t need to be a leader.

  30. bsizemore68 says: Jul 8, 2014 4:26 PM

    I think he means that a QB in the NFL has to be careful with his behavior because everyone is watching, Joe Namath (sp) seem to have got away with some things back then, the NFL did step in and told him to stay away from mob control night clubs, however he did win a super Bowl. If Johnny can handle it he should be ok. I was never a 23 year rich guy, they live in a difference world from most of us guys. Bill…I hope he has the success that he wants.

  31. rodgersfeeblecollarbone says: Jul 8, 2014 4:41 PM

    It’s the truth!

    Orlovsky>Rodgers

  32. discountdoublecheck says: Jul 8, 2014 4:53 PM

    QB’s are never off the clock but they are sometimes out of the endzone, eh Dan?

  33. bigwalt2990 says: Jul 8, 2014 4:54 PM

    QB is much harder than being POTUS. Quarterbacks are held accountable…

  34. realfootballfan says: Jul 8, 2014 5:05 PM

    Roethlisberger, Romo (even though he’s a choke artist), and Kenny Stabler are too glaring ones. The bottom line will be whether he can play or not. We’ll find out shortly, but it won’t have anything to do with what he likes to do in his free time.

  35. metalhead65 says: Jul 8, 2014 5:12 PM

    I will take my chances with Johnny Football than obummer and a guy known for running out of the end zone and being the qb on a 0-16 team.

  36. qdog112 says: Jul 8, 2014 5:50 PM

    Dan is right.

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

  37. mrfrostyj says: Jul 8, 2014 5:53 PM

    joeflaccoallday says: Jul 8, 2014 2:34 PM

    What I basically took from this is a dude who started for an 0-16 team should give advice on how to be NFL quarterback… yeah Manziel keep on doing you and be ready for training camp so you can win the starting QB job.

    ——————————————————
    Hey don’t forget he started for the 2-14 Colts as well.

    Orlovsky knows what it takes to be a successful NFL QB. He lost to them more than anyone else.

  38. sprtsfan1 says: Jul 8, 2014 6:24 PM

    He’s the next Leinhart

  39. mpzz says: Jul 8, 2014 7:46 PM

    For those of you mixing in your hatred of Obama with your comments:
    Sadly, being an idiot and also being a football fan is no longer unusual.

  40. sean222 says: Jul 8, 2014 10:59 PM

    Orlovski????? Can’t they get a comment from the bum Haslem stepped over or is he now too popular? Orlovski???? Give me a break.

  41. spd4r8trs says: Jul 8, 2014 11:01 PM

    Hate that phrase. Show me 24/7 that is NOT 365…

  42. jbsptfn says: Jul 9, 2014 9:10 AM

    Being an NFL QB isn’t the same as a POTUS. U.S. Presidents don’t have to deal with the injuries that NFL QB’s have to deal with. If QB’s want to take some time and have fun (within reason, not what Manziel has been doing), they should.

  43. oldcracker says: Jul 9, 2014 1:13 PM

    I’m sure any current NFL QB is going to take advise from the back up QB from an 0-16 LIONS team.

    Pathetic

    How about a SB winning QB like Namath or Favre?

  44. twelsh36446 says: Jul 12, 2014 11:06 AM

    Johnny boy will wake up some morning in a motel and wonder where his wallet is at, and why he has pictures of him naked with a couple transvestites laying all over the room..

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