Why The Cowboys Should Avoid Johnny Manziel

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Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

So the draft is right around the corner and there has been growing speculation that the Dallas Cowboys will try to get Johnny Manziel. While there is a growing sentiment among many fans that this is exactly what the Cowboys need, I am firmly in the other court for various reasons. I will get into what I don’t like in Manziel as an NFL QB in a bit, but there are more things to my reasoning that just his playing style. Sure, Jerry could bring him in knowing it would sell tickets. But that is like going to a junk yard to see the one shiny bumper on the 1964 Austin Healey, even if Manziel ends up being better than I think.

First, the Cowboys need defense. It doesn’t matter who is behind center when your defense can’t force a punt. I think many people seem to have forgotten just how bad the defense was last season. Bolstering the defense should be priority number one. While I could see the argument for a Guard early, I just can’t see getting a QB in the first round as improving the team in any way. Heck, we could get Tom Brady , and to be honest, he would struggle with this defense not being able to hold opponents.

Second, what would you do with Tony Romo? Do not give me the cut him thing, moneywise it makes no sense to take the $30 million dollar hit to the salary cap, this year, and $20 million next year depending on when and if he is let go. So we are okay with using a first round pick on a guy who won’t start for at least 2-3 seasons? Remember that will be when his rookie contract will be expiring. So the argument is have him start, right? Not so fast you are now paying your backup insane money, and to be fair, it hasn’t upgraded the team at all.

Third, I just do not see Manziel as an NFL QB. I know I will take a lot of flack for this, but I am trying to look at him objectively. We can objectively throw out most of his pro-day, other than maybe arm strength, it is passing to his receivers without a pass rush or a defense lined up. Looking at Manziel as a QB in the NFL objectively, there are a lot of holes in his game that his athleticism made up for in college. With a pass rush Manziel tends to not have a strong pocket presence. His ability to run benefits him in the college game, but in the pros he will be relied on more to stay in the pocket and pass. Remember the guys in the NFL are starters for a reason, they are fast, strong, and smart. Manziel’s running instincts when he feels pressure could get him in trouble in the NFL.

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  • David

    This would be a bad pick on so many levels. First of all Romo is just now entering the first year of his huge contract. So Johnny would be a 16th pick and riding the bench for at least two years. If for some chance he played over Romo because of media and fan pressure well now you have a 20 million per season qb riding the bench and unable to get out of the contract. Then you have the fact that Johnny’s bust chances are pretty high because of his slight frame and unable or unwillingness to stay in the pocket to let the plays develop and follow his read progressions. Lastly Dallas has so many desparate needs at DE, FS, LB, and OT/OG that they cannot afford to draft a guy that wont play for at least two to three years. It would be beyond stupid. But hey that world of stupid is JJ’s playground.

    • n0ble

      Yea, that is why I wrote this article. I wanted to point out some of the things many are not seeing. So many people are looking at his college career as exactly how he will be in the pros. While he was good in college I just am way too unsure how his game will translate.

      • neal

        Did yall not pay attention to how bad A&m defense was. Johnny made that team what it was beating the best team in college with a great defense. It’s the defensive coordinator that’s not worth a damn in dallas they have put together a pretty good defensive line. We have the linebackers and some decent corners and safetys. My only concern is that Jason Garrett would ruin manziel like he did romo.

        • n0ble

          Like I said, looking at someone in college and saying they will be the exact same in the NFL is difficult. The players all over the field in the NFL are better. Sure some colleges have more good players, but even the decent ones won’t be anything more than a backup in the NFL. I get what you are saying about the defense, but this defensive line was far from being good last season and has only been marginally upgraded this season.

  • Scott.

    Good article and I’m firmly in your corner as well. They must improve defense first. I’m glad you posted the salary cap hit numbers on Romos contract if they were to cut him. I hope this is all a smoke screen in case he slides to them at 16.

    • n0ble

      Thanks, I really do hope this is a smoke screen. I am not saying we don’t need someone behind Romo to take the reigns, but I just don’t think Manziel is the right answer. I guess we will see next week. I do think the Browns could end up taking him or even the Vikings.

      • David

        Dallas could be using as a smoke screen so someone will jump ahead of them at 14 or 15 and then thats one more player they may be able to get with the team that jumps them taking JM.

        • n0ble

          It is quite possible. I know at this time of year all the smoke screens go up and the jockeying for players starts. It will certainly be an entertaining draft.

          • David

            Yes it should.