June Jones thinks Johnny Manziel could be best CFL player ever

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Stand down, Doug Flutie. Take a break, George Reed. Just give it up, Jackie Parker. A new king of the CFL could be coming.


Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones, who has signed a three-year deal after completing his stint as the interim coach, believes that quarterback Johnny Manziel could end up being historically great in Canada.

“I think he’d be the best player to ever play up here,” Jones said, via CFL.ca. “He can throw it and he can run it like nobody ever has been able to do.”

The Tiger-Cats flirted with signing Manziel during the season, but they never did. They apparently intend to try to do so for 2018.

“I think he’s a phenomenal player,” Jones said. “I think it was kind of unfortunate what happened to him in the NFL, some of that was by his own means, too.”

Some of it, June? Some of it? Most of it would be more accurate. All of it could be accurate, too.

So what will happen with Manziel and the Tiger-Cats?

“I think he’ll either be with us or he won’t,” Jones said.

Jones raved about Manziel’s workout for the Tiger-Cats, even though he wasn’t “quite at top shape.”

“I saw it in college, I saw it on the film, I saw it against Alabama, I saw it against everybody,” Jones said. “The things that he would do up here, he excelled at at the National Football League level. I think he has a tremendous upside and it really is in his lap to decide if that’s what he wants to do.”

If Manziel is capable of playing as well as Jones thinks he can, Manziel won’t be sticking around the CFL long enough to become one of the league’s all-time greats. If he’s that good, the NFL will come calling again, sooner than later.

And Manziel surely would answer that call.

66 responses to “June Jones thinks Johnny Manziel could be best CFL player ever

  1. ?? Maybe, if he can stay off the sauce and out of the clubs. Never been to Canada, but I bet they have the same gardnens of tempations as we have in the US. Johnny Football seems to have been attracted to those distractions in the past. Maybe he has taken the “Holy Shift” class between now and then??

  2. Discipline was always Manziel’s problem. Kevin Sumlin at A&M didn’t know what the word meant, and being drafted to the Browns is practically a QB death sentence.

  3. I wish Johnny all the success in the world but I find it incredibly disrespectful for a guy who has been a head coach in the CFL for 10 games to say Manziel will be the best player to ever play up here. The CFL has been around since 1958 and the Grey Cup has been contested since 1909.
    Manziel has not shown much at any level football since 2013. June needs to just shut up and coach.

  4. I don’t think so. Flutie became decent in the NFL, Manziel couldn’t last five games. Behind a bunch of big linemen and elite wide receivers at Texas A&M while he played against mickey mouse colleges, sure he was good.

  5. If Manzeil plays 1/7 of the time Flutie did I’d be surprised. 5 of the 7 years Flutie played in the CFL he threw for more yards than Manning did in his NFL record year above 5500 in those 5 years and the other two years he missed part due to injury.

    He averaged around 600 yards rushing per season and the passing and running totaled up to about 45 tds average per year.

    June Jones obviously pumping the tires of JM to convince him to sign. Straight out of college, head on straight, JM? Sure, he could challenge Flutie. But that was 3 years ago, a lifetime in development of players especially if they haven’t been doing anything on the field the majority of those three years. And if he’s got his head on straight, yet, well that’s another issues.

  6. If the Browns had just played the kid, and not gone with the Bill O’Brien approach, he might have had a chance.

    At some point that team needs to pick their starting quarterback for the season, and stick with it.

  7. Careful June….every one knows, especially the column writer, that Colin Kaepernick would be the best player to play wherever he decided to play.

  8. The CFL has a team in Montreal (The Alouettes) once Johnny hits the strip clubs in that town (believe me they put American clubs to shame) the wheels will be coming off big time!

  9. I love the jokesters here than have never watched a CFL game as mock it. Give it a chance. It’s good, fun football that you can bet on. Manzel is an absolute idiot to not sign with the Ticats. He’d be back in the NFL in 2019. And maybe he’d get some mojo back. He’s not like Tebow, who had the world at his feet and many life options. He needs to play football This needs to happen. I wish I had his ear to explain to him just how great Ticats fans are and how he could shine and have a great year up theee, IF he takes it seriously and gets down to business. I hate wasted talent, like Lorenzo in A Bronx Tale.

  10. Why is June Jones saying this?

    He’s saying this because he wants Johnny to play for him/them.

    Johnny isn’t the first and he won’t be the last performer, artist, pro ball player with an ego. So many “stars” like/want and keep yes men around them.

    June Jones would like Johnny to play for him so he’s buttering him up.

    This isn’t really anything more than that.

  11. Joe Theismann. That’s the guy Manziel reminded me of coming out of college. Theismann played for Toronto before his stint with the Redskins. June Jones is being serious.

  12. A lot of Canadians hit the sauce on a regular basis. He will need a support system because there will be more temptation up North because drinking is part of the culture.

  13. I hope he can just settle down and play some decent football wherever that may be. He’s been torn down due to his own actions. I hope he can build himself back up and free himself from torment. Why kick him now?

  14. In Teddy We Trust says:

    In other words, the CFL really sucks.
    Kind of like being 0-4 in Super Bowls.

  15. leroysbutler says:
    December 8, 2017 at 6:26 pm
    In Teddy We Trust says:

    In other words, the CFL really sucks.
    Kind of like being 0-4 in Super Bowls.

    A lot of teams havent gotten to the Superbowl at all even. Getting to it four times is pretty good actually.

  16. I’d love to see him get clean and give it a shot in the CFL. He was fantastic in college and given that Flutie was a legend up there some of the NFL’s concerns about Johnny’s height and size aren’t as big an issue up north. But when is the last time he seemed serious about playing football?

  17. This commentary by June Jones reveals a truly appalling ignorance of the history of the CFL. It’s true that Jones did a good job coaching in Hamilton in his first partial-season in the CFL, but his statement about Johnny Football is just plain bizarre to anyone who has followed the CFL, a league with a longer history than the NFL. Ignoring Warren Moon and Doug Flutie for the moment, there have been many other CFL quarterbacks over the years that have had not only better football skills than Manziel, but also decent character traits, Manziel’s Achilles heel as far as ever having a future in pro football.

  18. “he excelled at the National Football League level.”

    I must have been in the bathroom at the moment Manziel “excelled at the NFL level!

    This June Jones guy sounds like he’s wacked out. Maybe he and Manziel share the same dealer?

  19. June Jones is a solid football man. Manziel has more football talent in his pinkie than anyone who writes or posts on this site ever had. I wish the kid the best.

  20. “mrstinkypants says:
    December 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    June Jonea had a good gig in Hawaii. Why in the world would you move to Canasa after living in Hawaii?”

    Actually, Canasa is a Polynesian paradise. The CFL is in Canada!

  21. June jones who coached Atlanta into last place. Johnny football who is unable to stay sober could be better than warren moon or cam wake ! Really June .

  22. In Teddy We Trust says:
    December 8, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    In other words, the CFL really sucks.

    56 19 Rate This

    I suppose it’s in the eye of the beholder. The NFL will always have the talent advantage because the CFL can’t possibly compete money wise. There’s still some fantastic players though. I prefer a lot of the CFL rules to the NFL ones, especially the ones that put more action in the game (25 second play clock, no yards rule on punt returns). Should make the trip North and check out a Blue Bombers game. At the very least it won’t set you back hundreds of dollars.

  23. I feel compelled to add this. The CFL season starts late June. Who wouldn’t want to see what Manziel does up there next summer? Football is supposed to be fun and for entertainment. This needs to happen for him and for football fans everywhere.

  24. I’ve followed both the NFL & CFL for decades. Does Manziel possess the skills necessary to succeed in the CFL, without question. I think the CFL game was made for his style, similar to Flutie. However, VERY, VERY premature to suggest he could be the best player ever.
    There have been many talented players that played in the league north of the border and most didn’t have side issues to distract them from the game.

  25. Hard to take the CFL seriously when it awards a single point for a missed FG that isn’t returned.

  26. Yeah, he’s out of shape, and he blew his chances in the NFL, but you think he could be the best ever?

    “I think he’ll either be with us or he won’t,” Jones said.” True brilliance there. So, if he gets in shape, and IF he stays clean, and IF he signs a deal, THEN he could be the best ever. I think I’d wait a little while to make that statement.

  27. “Stand down, Doug Flutie. Take a break, George Reed. Just give it up, Jackie Parker. A new king of the CFL could be coming.”

    I am guessing recent events are the reason you kept Warren Moon off this list… or are you slipping in your old age?

  28. Wrong. Johnny would not be the 50th best QB in the CFL today let alone the best of all time. He’s out of shape and high. So sad he couldn’t get his life together, but it is what it is.

  29. So sorry but with a name like June I’m unable to take June seriously. Never mind Junes thoughts regarding johnny m.

  30. Johnny couldn’t call a play in a NFL huddle what do think will happen with extra player and bigger field do to Johnnydousebag. The Browns suck but lineman like Joe Thomas were laughing at him for his inability to call a play. God help the great white North. Here a warning to all strippers Johnny coming to town!

  31. So is Henry Burris and Ricky Ray…

    MannamedJay says:
    December 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    Warren Moon and Doug Flutie are laughing hysterically at this…

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