Johnny Manziel hopes fans give his teammate a break

AP

Former Heisman Trophy winner and Browns first-rounder Johnny Manziel made his AAF debut last night, but he didn’t start the game, and he didn’t finish it.

And he may not do either anytime soon, but that didn’t stop the crowd from showing up to see the show.

Via Mark Giannotto of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the crowd at last night’s Memphis Express game was clearly there to see Manziel.

The team gave away Manziel T-shirts to anyone who bought $30 worth of tickets, and a Manziel jersey if you spent $90. And then they started some poor devil named Brandon Silvers, who led them to an overtime win, but still got booed by fans who were chanting Manziel’s name.

“I can’t imagine how awesome of a feeling that was for Brandon tonight,” Manziel said. “I don’t go out and round people up and say, ‘Will you guys go out and chant, ‘We want Johnny’ all day?’ To put that pressure on him and him have to go out there and deal with that and handle it the way he did was top notch. I’m kind of sick of that a little bit. Let it play out.”

Manziel played three series, as they tried to ease him into the new league after he was dumped by the CFL.

After the game, Express coach Mike Singletary said, “unless something really crazy happens” Silvers would continue to start.

That won’t deter the fans from chanting, or the team from using him as an advertising gimmick as long as they can.

18 responses to “Johnny Manziel hopes fans give his teammate a break

  1. Apparently his actual stats in these games are less important than the hype of him being in them. So, here’s his stats for the evening:

    3/5 for 48 yards, 20 rushing yards, one sack, and one failed two-point conversion.

  2. I tuned in a few times last night, the only reason being Johnny after I read he was in the game. If the NCAA wasn’t on, I’d have stayed with it even though the quality of play is, well, not so good. Neither is the officiating or commentating or overall tv production. But it’s watchable and will likely improve if it exists long enough. I’ll tune in again for their playoffs. And maybe to watch Johnny again before then.

  3. Boo the winning QB. Chant for a guy who hasn’t done anything as a pro aside from take up a roster spot, even with multiple opportunities. Not very classy, Memphis fans.

  4. It’s like watching preseason NFL games. Boring, meaningless and forgetful. Now they have the hype machine running full bore for a clown that can’t push himself away from a bottle. Great. Good for them. I hope they can get a nickel in return before he’s banned from the league for “unspecified reasons”.

  5. If he isn’t starting in the next couple weeks it will raise some HUGE questions. They were bragging about how much of the offense he already knew so that won’t be an easy excuse. Much like in Canada, where two teams desperate for a QB still wouldn’t consistently start him.

  6. I enjoy watching the AAF. It’s good football. Games are quicker than NFL games. Competition is good. It’s organized. I believe they have something here. Only problem I see is competing with March madness.

  7. murphyslaw40 says:
    March 25, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    Apparently his actual stats in these games are less important than the hype of him being in them. So, here’s his stats for the evening:

    3/5 for 48 yards, 20 rushing yards, one sack, and one failed two-point conversion.
    ————————————————————————
    So you’re saying his completion % is 67%, his average attempt was 9.6 yds, his average completion was 16 yds per pass, and he ran for 20 yds all in 3 series with only having been on the team for 3 days to absorb the offense and playbook….so what is your point?

  8. murphyslaw40 says:
    March 25, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    Apparently his actual stats in these games are less important than the hype of him being in them. So, here’s his stats for the evening:

    3/5 for 48 yards, 20 rushing yards, one sack, and one failed two-point conversion.
    —————————–
    Lots of NFL QBs wish they could have those stats in just three offensive series. How is the sack his fault? Isn’t the O-line supposed to prevent that?

    Additionally the deep pass he threw hit the WR in the hands with the Safety and Corner draped all over him. Not Manziels fault the WR didn’t catch it.

  9. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    March 25, 2019 at 12:50 pm
    How does this little guy keep getting chances? Is it really that hard to say he is a BUST.

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    Why shouldn’t he get a chance? Funny how people want limit others for their self gratifying reasons.

  10. If you want revenue in this league, they’ll be smart to start Manziel. You want to bring media and fans attention as high as possible this early in the AAF. Kudos to Singletary for saying the right thing, but give the people what they want so they come back.

  11. The April 6th game on CBS will feature Johnny’s Memphis team vs San Antonio. Hopefully that will attract some new fans. There have been some sloppy games (which happens at every level of football) but overall I’ve really enjoyed the product.

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