So about a year ago this name was being talked about quite a bit on mainstream sports media, ESPN’s First Take in particular. In fact, there was a period during August of 2014 where Johnny Manziel was the main topic of discussion on First Take. ESPN completely hyped up Manziel and acted like he was going to be the next Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. Skip Bayless in particular thought Manziel was going to be a breakout quarterback his first season. Looking at it retrospectively, ESPN just looks flat out dumb for giving that kind of coverage to a guy who ended up being a total bust and on a terrible franchise in the Cleveland Browns.
Johnny Manziel has had his share of off the field issues as well. He was complaining upon entering training camp about his role and was acting entitled. He felt he deserved the spot. There was an incident in, which he was fined 12 grand for flipping the bird in a preseason loss against the Redskins. As we all know many questioned his work ethic and his partying and it was clearly having an effect on his play during the season. His season stats were a joke to say the least. He completed 18-35 passes for 176 yards all season and had only one touchdown. After the Browns 7-9 season was over, Manziel checked into rehab for alcohol abuse.
Now, one year later, he is starting to look decent in preseason, but I am very skeptical and I hope ESPN is too. I personally think Manziel is overrated and wont amount to anything spectacular and may even be out of the league in as little as five years the rate he is going. Johnny Manziel is just another example of how ESPN fails at its job.
By Spencer Roush @El_Spence_Man