One thing we have learned about Johnny Manziel is he has a listening problem. When the Browns owner Jimmy Haslem specifically asked Manziel to tone down his extracurricular activities, Manziel clearly didn’t hear him. Instead he spent part of the weekend with Justin Bieber et. al. Manziel feels that nobody including Haslem can make him do anything he doesn’t want to do.
Manziel is a spoiled brat that thinks he knows it all. If he doesn’t listen to the owner, what makes any of the Browns fans think he will listen to a coach? The answer is he will not. One thing that Manziel will learn the hard way is that he does not know it all. There are dozens of 300+ pound defensive linemen that will be more than willing to give him some very painful lessons.
On May 11 I wrote the following:
I did not have him (Manziel) on my board as a 1st round QB only because I had a number of questions about him. Most of all, I wonder if he will spend the time in the film room that it takes to help a QB particularly a rookie QB develop.
Part of being a film room junkie is taking coaching. Everything that Manziel has done so far indicates that he has no interest in what anyone, including coaches, have to say.
Every rookie QB needs to take coaching. The history of the NFL is loaded with young QB prospects that refused to listen to anyone. No matter how much athletic or arm talent they had, those that refused to listen to coaches failed. That is exactly the road that Manziel is walking down. Unless he makes a 180 degree turn in his attitude, he will be just another failure at pick 22 by the Browns.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.
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