Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may regret passing on quarterback Johnny Manziel. Texans owner Bob McNair apparently won’t.
The Texans passed on Manziel with the first pick in the 2014 draft because, as McNair explains it, the Texans “had questions as to how well he’d fit in our system doing what we wanted to do.”
McNair knew that, with Manziel on the Texans, things would have gotten a little hectic in Houston.
“I knew with Manziel it would be a frenzy,” McNair said, via Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. “And probably even if he didn’t succeed at being an outstanding NFL quarterback for a couple years, the fans would have been frenzied.”
He thinks the fans will join McNair in having no regrets, if the team can rediscovery its winning ways.”If you do what’s best for the team and the team succeeds as a result of it, the fans are going to forget those other things,” McNair said.
McNair knows what it means to pass on a more popular player. In 2006, the last time the Texans had the first overall pick, McNair’s team passed on Reggie Bush and Houston native Vince Young, taking defensive end Mario Williams.
It ended up being the right decision. Eight years from now, we’ll know whether the Texans made the right decision again by taking linebacker Jadeveon Clowney over Manziel.