Hue Jackson was hired as the next Cleveland Browns head coach. Not surprisingly, one of his reported wishes in discussing the job is that he doesn’t want Johnny Manziel. For what it’s worth, in two games that Manziel played against Cincinnati the last two years – where Jackson was offensive coordinator – Manziel completed 25 of 51 passes for 248 passing yards, and the Browns scored 10 total points. So even setting aside the off-the-field stuff, he hasn’t exactly wowed Jackson in person.
ESPN’s team writers/bloggers endeavored to assess the interest in Johnny Manziel if/when he is released. You can find out that teams with Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson probably don’t want to have the hassle of Johnny Football. Even the Dallas writer says nope. I suspect this is right. While some people question the focus on Manziel’s partying, it’s the inability to compartmentalize and control it – partying to celebrate becoming the starter, day drinking a few months out of rehab and getting involved in a domestic incident as a result, and racing to Vegas with a concussion while wearing a wig (and not reporting to the team facility). I suspect his market will be tepid at best. You can get away with things when you are really good.
Only the Rams writer (still listed as the St. Louis Rams in the story) says that he would like to consider things at a medium pace with Johnny Manziel. Mind you, this is a team that is now moving to Los Angeles, just a short drive or quick flight over to Las Vegas, where Johnny can get the Rain Man suite whenever he wants. I’m sure Jeff Fisher will be on board with that.