Jerry Jones: Not drafting Johnny Manziel is a ticket to more 8-8 seasons

Johnny Manziel Cowboys jersey

Jerry Jones really, really wanted to draft Johnny Manziel with the 16th overall pick in the NFL Draft earlier this year. We already established that when we heard the story about Stephen Jones having to restrain Jerruh so he wouldn’t pass in the draft card with Manziel’s name on it. But you still might be surprised to hear how badly Jones feels his team needed Manziel.

As part of a lengthy profile for ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Jones told Don Van Natta Jr. that he wanted Johnny Football to call America’s Team his own so the Cowboys could remain relevant.

“If we had picked Manziel, he’d guarantee our relevance for 10 years,” Jones said shortly after the draft. “When we were on the clock, I said if we pick the other guy — any other guy — it would be a ticket to parity, more 8-8 seasons.”

Offensive tackle Zack Martin, the player the Cowboys ended up taking at No. 16, can’t feel too great about that. Neither can Tony Romo, though Van Natta also witnessed Jones joking around with his starting quarterback about his obsession with Manziel.

“And what is amazing, if there’s anybody on this planet that could’ve handled Manziel competin’ with him …” Jones said with his arm draped around Romo’s shoulder. “This guy could handle any damn thing — this is your fighter pilot. This is your fighter pilot. This is the guy you want goin’ in, droppin’ and winkin’ at ‘em, and comin’ out, and drinkin’ beer. This is him. So he could handle it. It wasn’t a question of not handlin’ it.”

Manziel couldn’t beat out Brian Hoyer for the Week 1 starting job, so he certainly wasn’t going to beat out Romo. Still, Jones absolutely loves him some Johnny Football.

“The only way to break out is to gamble — take a chance with that first pick, if you wanna dramatically improve your team,” he added. “That’s why I wanted Manziel but I was the only guy who wanted him. I listened to everybody … And I’m … not … happy … .”

Browns and Vikings fans need to watch out — Jerruh is coming for your biggest superstars.

Johnny Manziel stars in Snickers commercial as aerobics instructor (Video)

Johnny Manziel has landed a number of endorsement deals since he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and one of them is with Snickers. As a result, we all get to enjoy the enthusiasm of “Johnny JamBoogie.”

Snickers released a commercial this week that stars Manziel in one of those “you aren’t yourself when you’re hungry” spots that they do. Manziel basically starts out as Richard Simmons before a member of the Browns enters the room, reminds him that he’s Johnny Football and gives him a Snickers.

Whether you’re a Manziel fan or not, you have to admit that watching him “add a little jazz to it” is pretty funny:


Michael Sam sack on Johnny Manziel, celebration causes Twitter user to lose bet

Michael Sam money gesture

Michael Sam’s sack on Johnny Manziel and subsequent “Money” celebration caused one Twitter user to lose a bet he made that was impossible to enforce anyway.

A guy on Twitter who goes by “Fisher King” sent the following tweet before Saturday’s preseason game between the Rams and Browns:

Fisher King wasn’t the only one who was saying stuff about Sam sacking Manziel that night; many other pundits were begging for it to happen so there would be an “internet meltdown” which never actually happened.

So how did the Fisher King guy react after the sack?

Fisher King wanted to make good on his promise but knew the drinks proposition was unrealistic. Instead he turned to a more reasonable payoff — donating to a charity of Sam’s choice.

Head to Page 2 to read what happened next.

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Michael Sam sacks Johnny Manziel, does money sign (Video)

The two biggest stories in the NFL leading up to the draft and throughout training camp were Johnny Manziel and Michael Sam.

Would Manziel ascend to the starting quarterback position on the Browns? Would Sam make the Rams’ roster and become the first active gay player in the NFL? The hype and questions surrounding the two players were endless.

But those two mega-stories converged at the exact same moment at the exact same time when Sam sacked Manziel in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s preseason game between the teams.

Oh, and as if that weren’t already enough, Sam brought down the house by taunting Manziel with the money celebration like a boss:

Michael Sam money gesture

Nothing Sam has done so far has cemented him as a legitimate NFL player as mocking Manziel’s celebration. Here’s another look at it:

GIF: Michael Sam sacks Johnny Manziel, does money celebration... on Twitpic

Sam’s not the first NFL player to mock Manziel’s money celebration — Brian Orakpo did it on Monday night, too.

Mike Pettine: Browns could use two-QB system with Johnny Manziel

Johnny-ManzielCleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine revealed earlier this week that Brian Hoyer has been named the team’s starting quarterback, but Pettine obviously wants to keep everyone guessing about what Johnny Manziel’s role will be. On Wednesday, Pettine said it is possible that Manziel doesn’t play at all in 2014. On Friday, he hinted that the Browns might use both Hoyer and Manziel.

“We could potentially look at a two-quarterback system down the road,” Pettine told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Pettine added that the idea of using a package of plays for Manziel is “on the table” and could potentially help both Manziel and the team. But will it help Hoyer?

Playing quarterback in the NFL is all about rhythm. It’s hard to be an effective passer when you are coming off the field for some sort of wildcat or similar package. Most of the time when teams try to use two quarterbacks (cough, Jets, cough), they fail miserably. Not to mention, Hoyer is probably more likely to feel Manziel breathing down his neck if he is sharing snaps with him.

To this point, Pettine’s signals about the Browns’ offense have been incredibly mixed. If he’s trying to confuse the media and Cleveland’s opponents, more power to him. If he’s saying the same stuff to his team, that could wind up becoming a problem.

Mike Pettine: Johnny Manziel not guaranteed to play this season

Johnny-ManzielThe Cleveland Browns are setting Brian Hoyer up for disaster, right? Many believe that Hoyer has been given the Week 1 starting job so that Johnny Manziel will be protected from playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road followed by tough home games against the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens. Head coach Mike Pettine insists that had nothing to do with the decision.

“This is Brian’s job,” Pettine told reporters on Wednesday, via Jim Trotter of ESPN.com. “I never think of it as it’s a leash or we want a guy to be a game manager. We want him to be confident and go out and play. … The season is long. So much can happen, and we don’t want Brian looking over his shoulder thinking, ‘Hey, I make one bad throw and I’m out.'”

Hoyer knows the Browns drafted Manziel to be their quarterback of the future, so he is going to feel pressure no matter what Pettine says. That said, Manziel hasn’t done himself any favors by flipping opponents the middle finger and struggling to learn the playbook.

What if Hoyer plays well enough to keep his job? Could Johnny Football really hold a clipboard throughout his entire rookie season?

“You could see a scenario where he doesn’t play this year, and then there are other scenarios that are absolutely possible as well,” Pettine said. “It’s hard to tell.”

Ownership and fans are going to want to see Manziel. Hoyer knows that. In many ways, the sixth-year veteran is a lame duck. Unless, of course, Johnny Football keeps using poor judgment and has trouble adjusting to life in the NFL. If that happens, Hoyer could be here a while.

Report: Johnny Manziel losing job more about behavior and less about football

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeThe Cleveland Browns named Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel on Wednesday, and many are wondering why head coach Mike Pettine did not wait until the all-important third preseason game to make his decision. If Pettine was choosing a starter based solely on on-field performance, he probably would have.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Manziel has been slowly blowing his shot at the starting job since the Browns drafted him.

People love to chalk Manziel’s behavior up to the fact that he is a 21-year-old kid who is still learning. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean the Browns have overlooked his party-boy antics. Pettine even admitted that he spoke to Manziel about the photo that showed the former Texas A&M star rolling up a bill in front of a bathroom mirror.

By completing just 6-of-17 passes against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, Manziel probably made Pettine’s job easy. He made it even easier when he flipped off the Redskins sideline. Hoyer has completed 8-of-20 pass attempts and has a passer rating of 57.9 through two preseason games, so you really think this is about football? Manziel needs to prove he can grow up before Pettine will hand him the reins.