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Johnny Chronicles: Barry Switzer, Russell Wilson talk Manziel


The week that was in the always unpredictable life of former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel:

Two up

1. One of the most intriguing nuggets from Manziel's trip to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine was the way he handled his interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who hold the No. 3 overall pick in the draft and figure to a strong candidate to be his first NFL team. According to, Manziel pleasantly surprised general manager David Caldwell and other Jaguars brass with his people skills, addressing five of them by name before they even introduced themselves.

Johnny on the spot, to be sure.

2. Two of the most popular faces in football met up this week, and Manziel made sure to get a picture of himself and Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman posted on his Instagram account. If Sherman has anything to say about it, the next time their names appear in the same sentence, so will the word 'interception'.

Two down

1. So, 17 NFL quarterback coaches prefer Fresno State's Derek Carr over Manziel? Little to nothing that we've heard from anonymously sourced NFL personnel men suggests that 17 scouting departments feel the same way.

So how does one read into this report? Easy: The quarterback coaches are the ones who might have to deal with the daily headache of infusing more pocket patience into Manziel. To date, Manziel hasn't been confronted with a rush he couldn't escape with relative ease. And no matter how much Manziel wants to please at the next level, his instincts to run will take over at times.

2. Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer never has been one to hold his tongue, and he certainly didn't do so when asked on a radio show earlier this week about Manziel's off-field reputation.

While Switzer was busy blasting Johnny off the field, Ron Jaworski blasted him on the field. The Manziel Haters Club just promoted two new officers. Dues at the door, please.

All grown up?

Manziel spent a good bit of his time in Indianapolis trying to convince NFL clubs that his reputation as a party-loving jetsetter shouldn't affect his draft status. Whether you believe he's matured or not, Manziel definitely scores points for recognizing that it's a reputation he needs to shed as quickly as possible. Between his decision to steer clear of the Super Bowl, to his virtual disappearance from social media since leaving Texas A&M, to his public denouncement of the Johnny Football persona, he gets an A for image management.

And when he sat with Jon Gruden this week to film an episode of Gruden's "Quarterback Camp" TV show, Manziel hammered home the "I'm all grown up" point once again.

Surprisingly, one of Manziel's plays that Gruden picked to break down wasn't a pass, but rather his hustle to make a tackle on an interception return:

Russell on Johnny

The Johnny Manziel-Russell Wilson comparison is a common one, particularly among Manziel fans who point to the Seattle Seahawks quarterback as an example of a smaller, more athletic quarterback succeeding in the NFL. Manziel himself has brought up Wilson more than once in the same way, saying the second-year starter and Super Bowl champ has "kicked the door wide open" for smaller quarterbacks everywhere. Someone finally got around to asking Wilson about Manziel:

"I think that he's a real nice competitor. He makes a lot of plays," Wilson said on ESPN's SportsCenter. "You've got to have a lot of respect for that. That'll definitely transfer over to the National Football League. The suggestion that I would give Johnny Manziel would (be to) make sure he steps into the locker room, make sure that he listens, make sure that he also leads, too, at the same time and don't shy away from that."

On board

Count Dallas Morning News columnist Kevin Sherrington among the many who are pushing for the Houston Texans to keep Manziel in Texas and draft him No. 1 overall.

"As Tom Rossley, who discovered Johnny and coached Favre, told me, he's magic," Sherrington writes.

Not on board

This from's Tom Curran on Manziel's chances of being drafted No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans and head coach Bill O'Brien, whom Curran describes as a classic Massachussetts-born cynic: "It is part of O’Brien's professional DNA to regard Johnny Manziel as the antithesis of what you want in an employee."

Catching up

Miss anything from Manziel's four-day run through the NFL Scouting Combine? Without Manziel throwing so much as one pass, the daily Manziel buzz was nevertheless loud enough for a Johnny Chronicles edition for four consecutive days in Indianapolis:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Final word

Looks like Drake isn't the only rapper who is a Manziel fan. Snoop tipped his cap to Johnny Football this week as well, and Manziel, in turn, posted Snoop wearing his jersey on Instagram.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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