LeBron’s guy Maverick Carter mentoring Johnny Manziel now

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LeBron James gave Cleveland a chance to celebrate last night, leading the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals with a cruise-control win over the Hawks.

But he’s providing another assist for the city’s football team as well.

As Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel tries to re-establish his career and life after a disastrous rookie year and stint in rehab, he’s enlisted the help of James’ consigliere, Maverick Carter.

He’s taken a big responsibility in making sure that Johnny’s doing all the right things,” Browns safety Donte Whitner said of Carter, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “[Manziel] has a mentor, somebody to talk to, certain things that he really didn’t have the ability [to do] or somebody to talk to before. It looks like it’s working out so far.”

Carter has been James’ longtime business partner/right-hand man, and given the close relationship between the two Cleveland celebrities, the link makes sense. Carter’s marketing firm LRMR represents Manziel, but the relationship runs deeper than that..

The two have been seen sitting court-side at Cavaliers playoff games, and spending time off the court with James, who has managed to become a global superstar without hitting the same potholes Manziel has.

Between Carter and Browns teammates Whitner and Joe Haden, there’s a support structure around Manziel now.

“We don’t really have to say anything,” Whitner said. “He’s been doing that any way. I remember last [year] they made a big fuss about Johnny being in Vegas for Memorial Day Weekend. Johnny was here in Cleveland for Memorial day weekend this year. So that’s another step that he’s taken.

“He understands that you can’t be in Vegas or Miami or any of these other places, you have to be here. If you have to come in a day or two extra for an hour or two per day, that’s what quarterbacks do. And no matter if you like it, you have to be here.”

Time and actions are what will fix things for Manziel now, but the fact he has a network in place to help him’s a solid step in that direction.

13 responses to “LeBron’s guy Maverick Carter mentoring Johnny Manziel now

  1. Nice, but who or what is going to fix the fact “. He can’t play ” ?

  2. “If you have to come in a day or two extra for an hour or two per day, that’s what quarterbacks do.”

    An hour or two? 1-2 hours? For an NFL QB?

    Good luck with that.

  3. Smart move, albeit late. Next step is to get someone to teach him how to play QB in the NFL. Clearly, the Browns wanna justify drafting him. That will likely backfire, setting them back another 5 years.

    Johnny’s best bet is to follow Sams to the CFL to hone his craft. If it wasn’t too good for Warren Moon, Joe Thiesmann and Doug Flutie, Johnny should feel privileged to play there.

  4. “He’s taken a big responsibility in making sure that Johnny’s doing all the right things,”… “[Manziel] has a mentor, somebody to talk to, certain things that he really didn’t have the ability [to do] or somebody to talk to before.
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    Back in the day there were a lot of guys like this around. They did the things Maverick is doing, except for free and from very early on in the person’s life. Those guys were called fathers.

  5. The Browns simply haven’t made the commitment needed to make Manziel successful. Manziel is not a “plug & play” type of quarterback.

    Manziel is the type of quarterback that needs the offense to be built around him and his skill set.

    The Browns have obviously not done that and apparently won’t. The near complete lack of any talent at the wide receiver position says a lot about the style of football Cleveland will be playing for the foreseeable future.

    Unfortunately for Manziel this style is a fast track to some other team or out of the league completely.

  6. There is a lot of hate for Johnny. I’m no Browns fan, but I’m rooting for Johnny and I predict that this kid is still going to be a star in this league.

  7. The NFL is structured in a way that requires a certain type of quarterback in order to maximize chances for success. That type of quarterback is a pocket passer.

    Building an offense around a guy’s skill set when that skill set is not as a pocket quarterback you *might* give your team a few more wins than if you try to force him into the pocket where he’s clearly not comfortable but you’re not doing your team or your fans any favors; it won’t be enough for a championship, which is what all fans long for.

  8. Nothing like learning from the guy who put on an one hour show to tell the world he was changing teams. How soon everyone forgets.

  9. I doubt he can mentor Manziel how to get bigger and taller. Although, Lebron’s pretty big and tall, maybe…

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