CFL coach: Johnny Manziel “should be playing” in the NFL

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Even though Johnny Manziel hasn’t taken a snap in the CFL yet, his coach thinks the former first-rounder will end up back in the NFL.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said he’s been impressed with the former Heisman Trophy winner/current backup to Jeremiah Masoli.

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised the last three weeks what a good teammate he is, how smart he is, how he sees the game,” Jones said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “He should be playing in the National Football League and I believe he will when he gets through with us.”

Jones said he’s been encouraged by the performance he’s seen, but also the professionalism Manziel displayed. And while it might take time, he thinks Manziel will eventually be able to convince decision-makers he can be trusted.

“It’ll take two years,” Jones said. “They’re [NFL executives, coaches] waiting to see that he’s taken care of his off-the-field problems. . . .

“He’s humble. He’s growing up every day.”

As Jones noted, the thing Manziel needs to convince people will only come with time. After his stint in Cleveland ended for reasons that had little to nothing to do with football, Manziel will have to prove himself trustworthy for longer than a few week or months.

38 responses to “CFL coach: Johnny Manziel “should be playing” in the NFL

  1. If he isn’t good enough to start in the CFL, why should he be playing in the NFL? There’s also all those off-field incidents that make him about as popular as the plague.

  2. What Manziel should have done is join the Marine Corps out of college. IF he could have made it through boot camp, he would have learned more about real life in four months than he learned in his first 22 years.

  3. Funny comments on multiple fronts: First, the coach seems to be implying the CFL is better than the NFL since he thinks a CFL backup should be playing in the NFL. Second, it’s no secret why he isn’t in the NFL but this coach sounds oblivious to the multitude of off-the-field issues that torpedoed Johnny.

  4. He should be in the NFL – why isnt he? Because he was drafted by Cleveland when they were managed awful. if Tom Brady was drafted by Cleveland in that era he would no longer be in the nfl either. The partying isnt an issue. Half of the guys his age in the NFL do the same thing he has done. If he was successful that wouldnt even be an issue. We all know it. Put him in the right spot in the NFL – and he may have a chance. CLeveland has turned a page now – but back then no QB had a chance. Think of all of the guys that could have been something if they werent drafted by Cleveland.

  5. thesmartrogergoodell says:
    June 21, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    He’s the backup to a player that couldn’t have held his jock starp in college, and he should be playing the in NFL? Come on…

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    You can’t expect someone to jump in a league with completely different rules and take over the starting job. Use your head.

  6. I never thought he was an NFL QB but I hope he does prove me wrong and make it back to the league. Glad he is putting behind the garbage that was bringing him down and I hope he has truly matured as a person. If that is true I wish him the best.

  7. “The partying isnt an issue. Half of the guys his age in the NFL do the same thing he has done. ”

    Tell me one starting NFL quarterback that faked a concussion and flew to Vegas on saturday night before a game, put on a fake wig and mustache, partied all night long and then missed his flight back to be with the team on game day.

    I’m not saying Cleveland was great. I’m saying that Johnny was terrible.

  8. kevines255 says:
    June 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    You can’t be a drunk and an NFL QB…Favre is the exception.

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    Ken Stabler begs to differ

  9. nhpats says:
    June 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm
    kevines255 says:
    June 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    You can’t be a drunk and an NFL QB…Favre is the exception.
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    Ken Stabler begs to differ
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    So does Kerry Collins

  10. I’m reading most of the moronic statements previously written here. UNBELIEVABLE! First, these morons have probably never played football, and certainly not at the professional level. But, they’re experts as to what is NFL quality and what isn’t.

    Second, I’m sure none of them have ever coached football at the professional or college level, but they’re questioning an incredibly gifted football coach who’s been in the business for over 40 years. June Jones was the one who said that Tim Tebow would never make in the NFL after Tim won the Heisman. Everyone laughed at him. What happened? He became a prophet. Jones knows football, he knows football players, and he doesn’t praise lightly. He still consults with some of the greatest coaches in football. But, you drips know better.

    Third, Manziel needs to be indoctrinated slowly. He’s not a backup because he’s not good enough. He’s the back up because he still needs to get back in shape physically and mentally, and Jones knows that. Jones is preparing Manziel for the NFL, and if I had to bet on Jones or you morons, there’s no contest.

    Everyone who knows nothing is a critic. Amazing!

  11. “June Jones was the one who said that Tim Tebow would never make in the NFL after Tim won the Heisman. Everyone laughed at him. What happened? He became a prophet.”
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    Coming to the conclusion that Tim Tebow would never make it in the NFL does not make one a prophet. It shows that one has common sense and some basic analytical skills.

  12. metalup666 says:
    June 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm
    “You can’t be a drunk and an NFL QB…Favre is the exception.”

    Joe Namath, Sonny Jergensen, Ken Stabler…

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    Those guys had one thing in common. They could all play.

  13. bondlake says:
    June 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    What Manziel should have done is join the Marine Corps out of college. IF he could have made it through boot camp, he would have learned more about real life in four months than he learned in his first 22 years.

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    Interesting idea but would he have made it past the recruiting stage with his well publicized alcholism and mental heatlh issues. Maybe seeking mental health therapy for his bipolar disorder was a better avenue than being thrust into a high stress environment like boot camp with access to automatic weapons. Plenty of suicides happen during or after boot camp.

  14. mogogo1 says:
    June 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    Funny comments on multiple fronts: First, the coach seems to be implying the CFL is better than the NFL since he thinks a CFL backup should be playing in the NFL. Second, it’s no secret why he isn’t in the NFL but this coach sounds oblivious to the multitude of off-the-field issues that torpedoed Johnny.

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    “This coach.” You talk about him like he’s a naive moron. I don’t really care about June Jones and I may not agree with his assessment of Manziel, but I’d guess he’s been coaching at the collegiate or professional level for as long as or longer than you’ve been alive. He probably has more football knowledge in his pinky than you do.

  15. How come it isn’t collusion to keep Manziel out of the NFL? Why is it ok in this player’s case for all NFL GMs to come to the educated decision not to sign him……but those same GMs can’t come to that collusion for Kaepernick without it being collusion??

  16. wait…what…. You mean the decision to invest millions of dollars in these players isn’t SOLELY made on God given talent…. So it ain’t so….

  17. Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring from Breaking Bad said it best:

    “You can never trust a drug addict”

  18. hagemeisterpark920 says:
    June 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    He should be in the NFL – why isnt he? Because he was drafted by Cleveland when they were managed awful. if Tom Brady was drafted by Cleveland in that era he would no longer be in the nfl either. The partying isnt an issue. Half of the guys his age in the NFL do the same thing he has done. If he was successful that wouldnt even be an issue. We all know it. Put him in the right spot in the NFL – and he may have a chance. CLeveland has turned a page now – but back then no QB had a chance. Think of all of the guys that could have been something if they werent drafted by Cleveland.

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    You mean the exact same team that Brian Hoyer got 10 wins with out of the 16 he played? The only QB that I can recall that Cleveland ruined was Tim Couch. The rest weren’t exactly in the conversation for 1st overall pick in the round they went in let along the 1st.

  19. He probably would be in the NFL except for his behavior while he was in the NFL. Skipping out on the team so he can go to Vegas and party while recovering from a concussion explains why he’s not in the NFL…that and the year or so he spent doing nothing but partying like it’s 1999.

    Maybe if Johnny Goofball has displayed any of the qualities that influenced June Jones to say these things he would be in the NFL. He didn’t and he isn’t.

  20. “Cleveland ended for reasons that had little to nothing to do with football” –

    I think that’s a little simplified. Sure, he’s out now because of a plethora of off the field stuff (he was actually accused of and charged for crimes, including domestic violence stuff. Keep that in mind when you compare him to other guys out of the league who never did anything illegal), but when he was on the field he stunk it up. He didn’t perform when given opportunities and showed an unwillingness to make any effort at preparation or being a good teammate. To me, those ARE “football” issues.

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