Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mike Zimmer on Johnny Manziel: There are some flags

Johnny Manziel in Kyle Field.jpg

A week removed from calling his pro day a "sideshow," Mike Zimmer once again questioned the prospect of drafting Johnny Manziel.

The head coach of the Minnesota Vikings went on the air with 104.9 The Horn in Austin, Texas on Monday and proceeded to make the following statement about Manziel's dinner and workout with the Vikings on Friday.

“We asked him all kinds of questions. … There are some flags that come up. All of the things that happened out in Los Angeles, the commercials and all that stuff; the position of quarterback in the NFL is such an important position and the reason these guys need to be a totally football-minded guy is the pressure of the position and being the face of an NFL team and doing everything right,” Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “That’s the thing you want to know about him — will he be into work early every single day? Will he be the last to leave? Will he be the guy that is working the hardest to get better?”

Zimmer then went on to cite quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees who "eat, breathe, and sleep football." Needless to say, Zimmer wonders whether Manziel will be willing to put in the same time to study his craft as those guys.

Could this be a classic case of Zimmer trying to plant some seeds of doubt in the seven teams picking ahead of him about potentially drafting Manziel? Or is Zimmer genuinely concerned about Manziel?

Via Pro Football Talk


  1. Manziel...will end up an NFL bust...

  2. Ha - this guy would never say anything about a prospect like that unless he was trying to reduce Manziel's draft chances. I'd be surprised if he's still there for Minnesota but they did have him in and most mocks show him still available.