Mike Sherman: We didn’t trade for Johnny Manziel to have him sit the bench

AP

All Johnny Manziel did in Hamilton was sit. He won’t do much of that in Montreal.

The Alouettes introduced Manziel on Monday, a day after they traded with the Tiger-Cats for him. Alouettes coach Mike Sherman, who recruited Manziel to Texas A&M in 2011, wouldn’t commit to playing Manziel in Thursday’s game.

Sherman wants to see how much of the offense Manziel absorbs the next two days.

“This is quite a short week,” Sherman said, via Kevin Seifert of ESPN. “We’ll just see how the week plays out. I don’t want to put added pressure on him and I want everybody else to get ready to play. We’ll just play it out during the course of the week.”

But Manziel will play sooner than later.

“We didn’t bring him here to sit on the bench,” Sherman said.

Montreal already has played three quarterbacks: Jeff Mathews is out with a foot injury, and Drew Willy left Saturday’s loss to Calgary with a hand injury. Matt Shiltz replaced Willy.

The Alouettes have the worst offense in the Canadian Football League.

Manziel stayed on the sideline behind Jeremiah Masoli the five games he was with the Tiger-Cats.

20 responses to “Mike Sherman: We didn’t trade for Johnny Manziel to have him sit the bench

  1. Sounds like Johnny gets what Johnny wants …a job handed to his privileged ass. He doesn’t have to earn it, because that’s when he fails.

  2. This sounds like the plot for a Rocky-style comeback movie: Washed up coach brings in troubled QB and they resurrect their careers together.

    And if you think Manziel had a fall, check out Sherman: 18 games over .500 with only one losing season with the Packers. Then only one decent season out of 4 at Texas A&M, followed by 4-18 as a high school coach. Now he’s off to a 1-4 start in the CFL and hoping a guy who hasn’t started a game since 2015 is going to be the difference maker.

  3. Sherman didn’t last long at A&M either. Now he’s in Montreal. Go figure.

  4. Mike Sherman, the only head coach who would ever choose to go for a two point conversion after his team scored a TD to go up by 8 points.

    And he did it in the playoffs!

  5. Good Luck Johnny. Everyone deserves a second chance, let’s see what you do with it.

  6. CFL football is the closest thing to sandlot football. Lots of room for Johnny to improvise, hope to see him start.

  7. Note I’m a Canadian here.

    Interesting side note is that a fella can have a LOT of fun in Montreal. It’s quite a happening city with a very European vibe, there’s LOTS going on there. Only city with more trouble lurking is probably Vancouver (BC Lions).

    Just sayin’.

  8. People in Canada are dilusional if they think this turd is the answer! Johnny / Billy is a bust!

  9. Mike Sherman burned Favre up. He was in over his head. A&M ate him up too. He should’ve stayed a coach and let general managers be general managers.

    But……..if nobody can get Manziel airborne, it’s him.

  10. Mike Sherman burned Favre up. He was in over his head. A&M ate him up too. He should’ve stayed a coach and let general managers be general managers.
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    First part isn’t true.

    Sherman had to fight to get Favre interested again early on. Remember the elbow tendonitis he fought all through ’99? And Favre slipped back into his early INT-form. Sherman and Rossley had to fight to break him of that as well.

    In over his head?.. The guy won 46 games in 4 years. It didn’t come unraveled until Ted came in and hit the nuke button in 2005. It was time to do so, but there’s no way to know how long Sherman could have kept it together under different circumstances.

    He clearly had no business acting as GM. But that is on Wolf and Harlan. Driven by losing Holmgren.

    .. the real crime here is that Wolfs little feud with Holmgren after losing SB XXXII caused him to pass over Andy Reid. Reid squeezes out more elite-MVP-Favre and wins a Super Bowl with at some point between 1999-2004.

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