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So far we have heard only good things about Johnny Manziel on the practice field. That is expected but not particularly significant. Both OTAs and mini-camps are football in shorts. Even Brandon Weeden looked good in shorts. The problem surrounding Manziel is the publicity off the field.
Clearly, Manziel has not violated any laws or team rules. That is a huge positive. However, there are still issues. His comment that he won’t change his lifestyle for anyone was not a good sign. He sounded like a spoiled punk. That indicates he will not limit his exposure to his posse or social media.
Several of the Browns team leaders have said that Manziel is becoming a distraction because of questions about his off the field activities. It doesn’t matter what I think. It doesn’t matter what you think. It does matter a lot what players in the locker room think. Once a QB looses the locker room it is hard to get it back.
If he shows he is willing to pay the price to be effective under center, he can win it back. But it will take a while. In the mean time more money phone calls or money signs will make things worse. Every time he does something stupid like that the team looses respect for him.
You can’t be a team leader acting like a 6 year old. Until he grows up the team veterans will look at him like a spoiled kid. Manziel has a very short window to win over the team. He has wasted the momentum he got from the draft. Now he is wasting his chance to build a relationship with the veteran leaders on the team. Without the support of his team a great career is unlikely.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think.
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