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Merril Hoge: Johnny Manziel is a ‘juvenile punk,’ has no business in NFL

Johnny-ManzielWe already knew Merril Hoge was not a fan of Johnny Manziel. Prior to the draft, Hoge said Manziel has “bust written all over him” and that he has no pocket presence or awareness. Now that we have seen Manziel play in the NFL, Hoge is even more down on Johnny Football.

Hoge appeared on 102.5 WDVE with Randy Baumann and the DVE Morning Show on Wednesday and ripped Manziel to shreds. The ESPN analyst referred to Manziel as a “juvenile punk” and said he has no business playing in the NFL right now.

“There is nothing that he does that transitions to the NFL,” Hoge said. “There’s not one skillset he has that you say, ‘Gosh, he’s a first rounder…’ This guy has no business playing. If they put him in, quite honestly, it’s not helping their chances to win. It’s jeopardizing their chances to win.

“He has no business being on the field right now.”

Hoge repeatedly pointed out that the Browns have given Manziel an “elementary” playbook to work with and he still hasn’t been able to handle it. He also said that Manziel infuriated coaches around the league when word surfaced that he texted the Browns telling them to draft him so they can “wreck this league” together.

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Merril Hoge: Johnny Manziel has ‘bust written all over him’ (Video)

Johnny ManzielESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge is not a Johnny Manziel fan.

On Wednesday, Hoge discussed Manziel on “SportsCenter” and explained why he’s down on the former Heisman Trophy winner.

“He has absolutely no instinct or feel for pocket awareness,” Hoge said. “He has an instinct to run. That’s a bad instinct if you’re going to have that in the National Football League. You have to play in the pocket with traffic around you and throw it. When traffic comes around him he runs, and that’s dangerous in the National Football League.”

Hoge showed two plays from A&M’s game against Ole Miss where he thought Manziel made mistakes. On one play, Hoge felt Manziel didn’t make the correct read on a blitz despite rushing for a first down. On another play, Hoge felt Manziel should have thrown to a fade route in the end zone instead of into double-coverage for what ended up being one of Manziel’s 13 interceptions last season.

Hoge believes Manziel is not very accurate, does not play very smart and is reckless. Though he says Manziel is exciting, he does not consider that a skill.

We haven’t been a fan of Hoge’s analysis for a while. The guy ripped Tim Tebow two years ago, and he was critical of Matt Barkley. I don’t see Manziel being a bust at all, though I do think he could end up being injured because of his tendency to run. That to me is a very legitimate point.

Matt Barkley responds to Merril Hoge criticism in fantastic way (Video)

Peyton-Manning-SNLMatt Barkley has been a popular topic of discussion for NFL analysts leading up to the draft. The former USC star was once considered a lock to be selected in the first round, but an injury and some inconsistent play have led to some uncertainty heading into April.

As you can see from the video above, ESPN’s Merril Hoge is one analyst who feels that NFL teams should be concerned over Barkley’s arm strength and decision making. In order to make his point, Hoge used a bunch of arrows on one of ESPN’s magic video boards. When someone brought the segment to Barkley’s attention, he responded on Twitter by writing “sometimes too many arrows is too much” and posting this hilarious GIF on Twitter:

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Is that perfectly played or what? If you ask Lane Kiffin, it wasn’t Barkley’s fault that USC had one of its most disappointing seasons in school history last year. Whatever the case, there is no shortage of Barkley doubters. The only thing he can do at this point is use the criticism as motivation, post hilarious GIFs about it and hope to prove everyone wrong.

Merril Hoge: Tim Tebow as ‘phony as a three dollar bill’

tim-tebow-jetsESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge has been one of the most vocal Tim Tebow detractors since the former Heisman Trophy winner entered the NFL, and he laid into the Jets quarterback on Monday in response to the report that Tebow asked out of the Wildcat package.

During “SportsCenter” on Monday, Hoge was part of a roundtable discussion that included Adam Schefter and Ron Jaworski. After a year of not having much negative to say about Tebow, Hoge got his chance to rip the quarterback.

“I think he’s phony as a three dollar bill,” Hoge said of Tebow. “At the end of the day, what have I heard? That he would do anything at any time. ‘You ask me to do it, I’ll do it.’ All of a sudden now it’s ‘I want to play quarterback or I’m not going to play Wildcat’? There shouldn’t even be this story coming.

“He said ‘I’ll do anything for the team.’ That’s all I’ve ever heard about him. I think shows what he’s really about.”

Hoge also cautioned the Jacksonville Jaguars, who reportedly are expected to sign Tebow to compete for their starting quarterback job.

“He is not going to win for the Jacksonville Jaguars. All he will do is set the franchise back further if that is a possible feat,” Hoge said. “This organization is down as far as you can get. The last person they need is a guy like this now that we’re starting to see his true colors.”

That’s as harsh of an assessment of Tebow one can have. I think we learned this week that Tebow is a person who can get upset, frustrated, or disappointed over promises that go unfulfilled, just like anybody else. We saw that he isn’t the model teammate the way he has made us believe, and that was pretty shocking.

I would also like to point out that Hoge is a phony as well. Hoge was so critical of Tebow last year that even LeBron James jumped in to defend the quarterback. Hoge was one of those people who said Tebow would never work in the NFL because he couldn’t throw well enough. But as soon as Tebow came in and led Denver on a six-game winning streak, Hoge was done criticizing him. Hoge even admitted he had come around on Tebow at that time. So for Hoge to criticize Tebow, then change his opinion after he was successful, and then go back to ripping him, also makes him a fraud.

Don’t forget what a phony Hoge is too for flip-flopping on Tebow last season instead of sticking to his original opinion.

H/T USA Today

Merril Hoge rips Kurt Warner for being ‘irresponsible’ and ‘uneducated’

Earlier this week, Kurt Warner turned a number of heads with his comments about not wanting his children to play football. In the wake of the Junior Seau tragedy and what we currently know about head trauma caused by football injuries, Warner said that as a parent he would prefer for his sons to play something else. First, we heard Amani Toomer blasting the former NFL quarterback for what he saw as Warner trashing the game of football. On Friday, Merril Hoge had even stronger words for Warner.

“I think it’s irresponsible and unacceptable,” Hoge said on NFL Live according to Pro Football Talk. “He has thrown the game that has been so good to him under the bus. He sounds extremely uneducated.

“Head trauma is not the issue here — it’s how head trauma is treated. The game is safer than it has ever been because we’re being proactive with head trauma. That is the biggest issue.

“I can’t believe that he would share that message because now moms and dads that are out there, and Billy wants to play, but they are uneducated and they are unsure, and they love Kurt Warner, they’re like, ‘He doesn’t want his kids to play? Why should I let my kids play?’”

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LeBron James Defends Tim Tebow Against Merril Hoge’s Criticism

LeBron James and Tim Tebow are two of the best athletes in the world. They’re both sponsored by Nike and they’re immensely popular. James is criticized for “choking” in the playoffs and for being too self-indulgent. Tebow is criticized for being a Jesus freak. Collectively they receive more attention than most athletes, and most of is negative.

Understanding what it’s like to be picked apart, LeBron took to twitter to defend Tebow against criticism he received from ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge Wednesday.

“Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He’s a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he’ll be nice,” James wrote on twitter.

“Listened to Merril Hoge today on SportsCenter and he was just blasting Tebow. The man hasn’t even played a full season and it’s only his 2nd year in. Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!”

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Merril Hoge Slips Up a Cock

Merril HogeImagine my surprise when ESPN analyst, Merril Hoge, was signing off from the fantasy football show on Sunday, and let this slip out. Call it Freudian? I don’t know. I’ll let you decide for yourself:

I just can’t even imagine what it was like on set for Schwab and Matthew Barry. There’s no way you didn’t hear that one. Impressively, Hoge just kept rolling along like nothing had happened, didn’t even stop to correct himself.

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