Perhaps the most talked-about piece following Johnny Manziel’s tremendous performance against Alabama in a losing effort was penned by Greg Bedard for The MMQB. He dove deep into the Manziel-as-a-pro discussion, and if you like college football, the NFL, or the NFL draft, it is highly recommended.
* Bedard was thrilled to get such a cool assignment, one that would have never had in newspapers (he used to be at the Globe). He notes how few national media outlets were at the A&M/Alabama game, even though it was the “Game of the Year.” This led to a discussion about whether papers should go hyper local or give readers some national perspective from a local voice.
* Something that didn’t make his Manziel story: The defense the Tide used against Manziel? The same one the Patriots used against Colin Kaepernick on Sunday night football last year. (It failed, as CK passed for four TDs and San Francisco won.) As Bedard notes, this further proves how much nobody yet has a grasp on the read option.
* We talked about this Black QBs article. Brett Hundley of UCLA was talked about, as well as Tajh Boyd of Clemson. Those two, along with Teddy Bridgewater, Bedard says, are considered the three best QBs in the upcoming draft according people he talks to. Also, the coaching clinics part – which includes, “football has never seen more passing at the youth level” – should be listened to.
* I asked him about QB changes in Houston and Cincinnati. I don’t want to spoil what he says.
* Quote of the podcast: “Brett Favre basically drank his way out of Atlanta with the Falcons.”
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