Johnny Manziel happy in the CFL after finishing season with 5 TDs, 7 INTs

AP

Johnny Manziel’s first Canadian Football League season wasn’t great. He was traded to Montreal after failing to win the starting job in Hamilton, and finished the year with five touchdowns and seven interceptions playing on his second team.

But Manziel says he’s happy with how things worked out.

I’m happy here right now,” Manziel said. “Football probably got to a point in the past for me where it was about money and I’m comfortable right now. I’m comfortable with a great group of teammates, I’m comfortable in a great city like Montreal. I’m happy being back on the field and I don’t know if that would be the situation in another league. But I’m happy with where I’m at and what’s going on and the opportunity to compete and play ball.”

Manziel may be happy, and he sounds ready to return to Montreal next year to fulfill his two-year contract. But if his goal is to get back to the NFL eventually, he’s going to need to be a lot better in 2019. CFL stats aren’t perfectly analogous to NFL stats, but suffice to say five touchdowns and seven interceptions is not good. Statistically, he ranked near the bottom among the CFL’s starting quarterbacks.

“It’s been a good learning experience,” Manziel said. “I’m understanding what this league is about scheme-wise and learning a lot of things I didn’t know before. So great learning experience and I’m really looking forward to being able to piece that all together.”

Manziel will now have about six months off before CFL training camps are slated to open in mid-May.

30 responses to “Johnny Manziel happy in the CFL after finishing season with 5 TDs, 7 INTs

  1. Good for him for trying to dig himself out the hole he put himself in. Seems like every year there is a QB who can’t find a job in the NFL and everyone says “Go play in the CFL for experience” and nobody ever does. Interested in how he plays year 2.

  2. Does the Johnny quote below give anyone any confidence at all that Manziel, in reality, has learned a single thing and might be ready for another shot in the NFL in, say, about sixty additional years of learning in the CFL?

    “It’s been a good learning experience,” Manziel said. “I’m understanding what this league is about scheme-wise and learning a lot of things I didn’t know before. So great learning experience and I’m really looking forward to being able to piece that all together.”

  3. More interceptions than touchdowns in the CFL is nowhere near good enough to get back to the NFL, if you can’t dominate in the CFL you’re not good enough to play in the NFL. Sorry Johnny enjoy Canada bro.

  4. I think a bunch of the ints. came in first game. Saw him play an exhibition in Cleveland. His “presence” was way above the others; that is not a stat, but very valuable. I shouldn’t be responding with the above bunch; I graduated from HS.

  5. dpolowin
    Nov 6, 2018, 8:10 AM MST
    Not sure there’s a worse place to be for a recovering addict than Montreal during the winter.

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    Amsterdam.

  6. Honestly, good for him. I don’t think he has the talent to get back to the NFL but if he finds a little peace, and gets his life together in the CFL that is great.

  7. Manziel’s stats were bad but they would probably have been better than Kaepernick’s if Kaepernick had actually gave meaning to his “desire to play” line and had gone to the CFL.

  8. Manziel has been drinking too much at the Montreal clubs! CFL is a lot different than the nfl and ncaa.

  9. Well if you look at it he hadn’t been playing for a while seeing no defense at all he did better than probably alot of people thought he. Doesn’t change the fact I’d probably still rather have osweiler as a qb for my team. Maybe he’s better than nathan peterman, though?

  10. I just want to remind people that whatever Manziel’s shortcomings, he also plays for a terrible organization, with a thrown together worst receiving corps and weak o-line.

    He was asked to make his disastrous 1st start after just 4 practices with the team, in a move that was roundly and rightly denounced as downright crazy. Then, when he and his teammates start to gel late in the season, he’s largely benched by Mike Sherman for the last 2 game in favour of assessing some of the other 5 QBs under contract, especially Pipkin.

    Fwiw, Johnny’s numbers would be much better if he wasn’t thrown to the wolves in his 1st start, and mostly pulled for his last two.

  11. Give Manziel credit for at least attempting to play his way back into the NFL instead of lawyering up and suing the league like another former NFL QB. And, if Manziel never makes it back into the NFL then he can play in the CFL as long as he likes and that is better than not having a playing career at all like another former NFL QB who no one would touch for fear of being sued if they cut him.

  12. sgoldwater2017 says:
    November 6, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I just want to remind people that whatever Manziel’s shortcomings, he also plays for a terrible organization, with a thrown together worst receiving corps and weak o-line.

    He was asked to make his disastrous 1st start after just 4 practices with the team, in a move that was roundly and rightly denounced as downright crazy. Then, when he and his teammates start to gel late in the season, he’s largely benched by Mike Sherman for the last 2 game in favour of assessing some of the other 5 QBs under contract, especially Pipkin.

    Fwiw, Johnny’s numbers would be much better if he wasn’t thrown to the wolves in his 1st start, and mostly pulled for his last two.
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    He got traded to that terrible organization because he was deemed not good enough to play for the better organization that drafted him even as a third stringer.

    On top of that he was red shirted the majority of his first NFL season and still laid an egg in his first game (and nearly every subsequent one after). The guy has been a pro 5 years and is on his 4rth second chance. The rookie excuses don’t cut it anymore.

  13. His skills didn’t project well to the nfl. He never once played well at the nfl level. He hasn’t played well at the cfl level. Not once. Why would any of you think he can play as an NFL QB?

  14. I guarantee you, 100%, that some of the commenters here making fun of Manziel are the Browns fans who thought he’d be the Browns savior and that his crappy play in the field was everyone’s fault but Johnny’s. Meanwhile, smart Browns fans were facepalming the moment he was drafted.

  15. It’s always interesting the things that get left out of these articles. Manziel also mentioned in the interview (as have many other ex-NFL players) how the talent level was much higher than he expected. In Hamilton, he found himself overwhelmed with the complexity of Hamilton’s offence and the game itself, remarking that the playbook was much simpler in Cleveland. Again something the ex-NFL players usually discover on arriving in the CFL.

    So he’s going up against better players than he first thought and it’s far more of an uphill struggle for him to understand the game. It’ll be well into year 2 before we can say if he can make the grade in the CFL.

    Montreal played badly, but they have been set back by the QB carousel and the lack of CFL experience in the coaching ranks. There was enough talent on this team to be above .500 if they had coaches that knew what they were doing and a QB with experience.

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