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Ron Jaworski: I wouldn’t take Johnny Manziel in first three rounds

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel has risen to the top of many draft charts over the last year or two. Last month, ESPN’s Mel Kiper moved the former Texas A&M star to first overall on his draft board. While there will always be questions about Manziel’s arrogance and maturity level, many experts believe he is worth the gamble. Ron Jaworski is not one of them.

During an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Jaworski was asked about the prospect of the Eagles — who met with Manziel at the combine — drafting Johnny Football. Jaws doesn’t even think Manziel should go in the early rounds.

“I’m a big believer in Nick Foles, but who knows?” Jaworski said. “Manziel may fall. I’m not crazy about him, to be honest with you. I’ve only looked at five games. I wouldn’t take him in the first three rounds. That’s my opinion. It’s incomplete right now. But he has not done a whole lot to me.”

At this point, no one really knows where Manziel will be drafted. Several teams are in need of quarterback help, and those teams may consider Manziel anywhere from the best quarterback on the board to out of the top five.

Jaworski has always been critical of quarterbacks, but he is part of the minority with his opinion on Manziel. We’d be shocked if he isn’t taken in the first round.

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Ron Jaworski: Tony Romo not a top-10 quarterback; Jay Cutler has ‘plateaued’

Jay-Cutler-Tony-RomoFormer Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski has been ranking all of the NFL’s starting quarterbacks this offseason in a 32-part series on ESPN. Two signal-callers who may not like their ranking are Tony Romo and Jay Cutler.

On Monday, Jaws unveiled Romo as the 15th quarterback on his list. While Romo has had better stats than most quarterbacks in the league over the last several seasons and has never recorded a passer rating below 90.5, Jaworski pointed to his tendency to make mistakes in the clutch.

“I have always liked Romo, but his play in the final regular season game of the 2012 season with the NFC East title on the line still bothers me,” Jaws explained, via The Dallas Morning News. “You just can’t make mistakes, regardless of whose fault it is.

“It was the fourth quarter interception with three-and-one-half minutes remaining and the Cowboys trailing by three. That I just can’t forget. You can’t make a throw with no definition in that particular situation, regardless of the pressure.”

As we have highlighted several times in the past, Romo’s poor play when the game is on the line repeatedly hurts the Cowboys. Statistics nerds will point to his 9,087 passing yards and 59 touchdowns over the past few seasons, but winning is all that matters.

Cutler came in at No. 14 on Jaworski’s list on Tuesday. Jaws was critical of his lack of growth since he has come into the league. Via Rotoworld:

…Jaworski believes Cutler has ‘plateaued’ and failed to get better ‘from year to year.’ Jaws left the door open for Cutler to improve under new coach Marc Trestman, and still loves his willingness to ‘pull the trigger’ versus tight man coverage. But Jaworski believes Cutler’s sometimes overly aggressive mentality has made him an oft-undisciplined player prone to ‘reckless, undisciplined plays, bad decisions, scattershot throws.’ Added Jaws, ‘Marc Trestman will coach him hard. It is now up to Jay Cutler to accept that coaching.’”

It seemed to work for Brett Favre, but it hasn’t panned out for Cutler. Most people seem to feel that Romo is ranked too low and Cutler is ranked too high. Personally, I would take Romo over Cutler even with all the crucial mistakes he has made. Neither has accomplished anything throughout his career. Flip a coin.

Ron Jaworski doubts Chip Kelly’s offense will work for the Eagles

Chip Kelly EaglesChip Kelly ran one of the most deadly offenses in college football during his six seasons as offensive coordinator and head coach at Oregon. Now, all eyes will be on him at the start of the NFL’s regular season to see if that same style of offense can work at the professional level.

Former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski does not see that happening.

“It’s going to be interesting to see if this style of offense projects to the NFL,” Jaws told Harry Mayes and Nick Kayal on 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this week, via PhillyMag.com. “I’m going to say no. I just don’t see NFL passing concepts in this offense. It’s a movement offense by the quarterback, off the run-action, off the read-action. A lot of short, quick passes, dart routes, bubble screens. Very few plays down the field with NFL passing concepts.”

A lot of people feel that Kelly’s offense could make some noise at the NFL level, especially since he has arguably the most athletic quarterback in the league at his disposal in Michael Vick. Vick is certainly excited about the possibilities under Kelly, as evidenced by the claim he made earlier this offseason. But Jaws, not so much.

“The NFL is a different league with fast players that have all week to prepare for you,” Jaworski said. “At the collegiate level, you have 20 hours to prepare for that Oregon offense. Take out three hours of game time. You’ve got 17 hours in the course of a week to practice and prepare for that style of offense. It kills you in college. But in the NFL, these guys work 17 hours a day. A day, not a week – 17 hours a day getting ready, so there’s no secrets.”

Jaws certainly makes some valid points, and I think there are more people who would agree with him than disagree. For all we know, Kelly could be planning to break out a much different offense from the one he ran with the Ducks. Whatever the case, the two-time PAC-10 Coach of the Year has plenty of critics to silence.

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Ron Jaworski offered Tim Tebow backup QB job in Arena League

Tim Tebow JetsTim Tebow may be short on interest from NFL teams at the moment, but at least he has plenty of other job offers.

Ron Jaworski, a former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN NFL analyst, says he offered Tebow a job to play for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. Jaws is one of the team’s co-owners.

Jaworski told the Philadelphia Daily News that he and the Soul’s coach drew up some plays they sent to Tebow as part of their offer. Most of the plays they had in mind for him reportedly were around the goal line. Jaws says the team was not planning to give Tebow the starting quarterback job, but Jaws thinks some time in the league could be beneficial to the former Jets and Broncos QB.

“One [criticism] of Tebow is that he is slow and methodical,” Jaworski told the Daily News. “He would be forced to quicken it up in this league and it would be good training for him. You can learn a lot in this league. It’s about processing information and getting the ball out . . . or you get whacked.”

No surprise, Tebow has not responded to the offer. The former Heisman Trophy winner is looking to stay in the NFL.

Tebow is good enough to be a backup quarterback in the league, but teams don’t want a backup who’s going to invite a media circus. His chances of getting a gig in the league might be improved if he switched positions, but he does not seem ready to do that. In the meantime, Tebow can continue working with his quarterback coach while contemplating offers from the AFL and Lingerie Football League.

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Ron Jaworski rips Nick Saban: ‘I don’t like liars’

There is a good chance the Philadelphia Eagles will fire Andy Reid at the end of the season, and one name that has been mentioned as a possible replacement for him is Alabama coach Nick Saban. Legendary Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski is not willing to give Saban his endorsement.

As you know, Saban left LSU for short stint with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-2006. He then left Miami to coach at Alabama, where he has been since 2007 and won two national championships (with a third possibly coming this season). Like many others, Jaws felt the way Saban left the Dolphins was classless.

“I’m not a Saban guy, because I don’t like liars, and I think he lied,” Jaworski told 97.5 The Fantatic earlier this week, via The Big Lead. “I think he lied to the Miami Dolphins, and to the fans of Miami, and he left. And it’s pretty simple, I think integrity is very important, if you don’t have integrity, I don’t know how you can be successful.

“Yeah, I know he’s great at Alabama, and he’ll probably win another national championship, but I just don’t like people that don’t have integrity, so it’s pretty easy for me to say I don’t want Nick Saban in town.”

Depending on who you believe, you could make the argument that Saban technically didn’t lie to the Dolphins. Many feel that Saban was interested in Alabama all along, but there is another line of thinking that Saban turned down Alabama’s initial offer and intended to stay in Miami. Then, after Rich Rodriguez turned down the job, Bama came back and offered to make Saban the highest-paid coach in college football. Saban accepted the bigger offer.

Whatever the case, it’s clear that Jaws has a strong opinion of the Bama coach. Even if Saban wants us to think he never lied, it doesn’t sound like Jaworski has any intention of believing him.

Related: Saban says he regrets way he left Dolphins

Ron Jaworski says ESPN may feel two-man booth is way to go for MNF

ESPN hasn’t explained why they removed Ron Jaworski from the Monday Night Football booth. The New York Daily News speculated that they may be trying to make room for Peyton Manning, who is rehabbing a neck injury and trying to continue his football career. Jaws thinks ESPN may have just wanted to downsize and he became the odd man out.

“What I’m going to tell you is pure speculation, based on what I’ve heard … from the leaders and captains of industry at ESPN. They just feel that a two-man booth was the way to go. Obviously, I’m the odd man out. I’m the 60-year-old guy and Jon’s the young guy that they believe is the future. I’m not going to argue with that,” Jaws told 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.

Jaws isn’t saying anything bad about his employer because they’re still giving him plenty of broadcasting opportunities and paying him lots of money. Still, I’m not sure if I buy his reasoning. While it’s true many networks utilize a two-man booth for football games, Monday Night Football has been a three-person booth for a good portion of its history. I don’t think they cut out Jaws to simplify, I think there’s something else coming in the next year or so.

Did ESPN demote Ron Jaworski to make room for Peyton Manning?

Life will be a bit more dull when we finally figure out what the future holds for Peyton Manning. At the moment, he could either retire, stay with the Colts, or wind up with any NFL team that is in need of a quarterback. One second he’s healthy enough to play and the next his arm strength is reportedly nonexistent. Unsurprisingly, a new theory has emerged as to where Manning may end up next year: in the announcer’s booth.

As we know, ESPN announced earlier this week that Ron Jaworski has been removed from the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. For now, Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will share the duties. The NY Daily News wonders if Manning might join them next season.

For if Peyton Manning decides to call it quits, not return to football for the 2012 season, ESPN has positioned itself perfectly to lure the Indy legend to Bristol.

If Manning wants to do TV next season, ESPN is our odds-on favorite to get him. Teams clear cap space. ESPN has cleared booth space…

A network would not hire a star like Manning to work regional telecasts seen by 15% of the country. If you hire Manning he must work on the No. 1 team.

If someone like Manning were to break into broadcasting, Monday Night Football would be an appetizing offer. Something tells me, however, that Manning has not given this any thought. Regardless of how many neck surgeries he has had over the past year, Peyton still wants to play football. With that in mind, I wouldn’t put it past the folks in Bristol to have kicked around the idea.