I've been very hesitant to the idea of Johnny Manziel being the quarterback of the Raiders future. No doubt, he could turn out to be pretty good. But he can also turn out to not be good. That's just too risky of a move for the Raiders, who just can't afford to miss on such a vital position. Not if they're going to be good, anyway.
After reading Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer's comments, I might be changing my tune.
Zimmer said after their meeting with Johnny Football that he was looking for some answers to whether Manziel was serious about this football thing or wanted to be "the celebrity man guy," per the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
ZIMMER (to the Star Tribune): "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. 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?"
This has me wanting Johnny Football in Oakland. The Raiders could use a little swag. All of this is giving me the sense Manziel might be coming into the league with some added edge. People are doubting him, questioning his affiliations to Drake and other stars. If he needed any motivation, he's got it.
Of course, Zimmer and others could be right.
However, the lesser concern is Manziel's ability to handle the celebrity and partying too much. He'll be back-up to start if he's with the Raiders. And he'll only be able to take the starting job if he's on his game.
The bigger concern is whether his game translates to the NFL. He's little, not great in the pocket and plays like an injury waiting to happen. But if he can grow and be a good quarterback on the field, I wouldn't mind seeing "the celebrity man" come to Oakland.