There are rumors that the Oakland Raiders could have some interesting in signing Johnny Manziel as the backup quarterback to Derek Carr. They would be wise to pass on that opportunity.
Free agent quarterback Johnny Manziel has taken to social media recently to announce his desire to resume his football career. The former first round pick (22nd overall) of the Cleveland Browns flamed out of the NFL after just two seasons due to poor performance and an obvious lack of dedication.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 14, 2018
During his tenure with Cleveland, Manziel never showed the maturity or understanding of the commitment required to play quarterback at the NFL level. Having more off the field drama than quality on-field performances ended his tenure with the Browns and up to this point, his NFL career.
After being named starter going into their bye week during the 2015 season, Manziel was caught on video parting in Las Vegas instead of preparing for his opportunity. The Browns benched him and named Josh McCown the starter as a result. Manziel also missed a medical check in prior to the teams Week 17 game for the concussion he suffered a week before. Again he was spotted partying in Las Vegas instead of being with the team. He was released following the season.
Fast forward to this week and some in Raider Nation as well as media members are calling for General Manager Reggie McKenzie to “take a flyer” on Manziel and make him the backup quarterback. There are a number of reasons why this is a horrible idea but this Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots highlights the biggest reason.
The Eagles won their first NFL championship in large part because of the play of their backup quarterback. While coaching and a stout defensive played a role in getting them to the game, it was quarterback Nick Foles orchestrating 41 points on offense that beat the Patriots.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has missed games in both of the last two seasons and the team has not won any of those games. The Raiders looked to be on a Super Bowl run of their own during the 2016 season until Carr suffered a broken leg during their Week 16 game against the Indianapolis Colts. The team would not win another game that season.
New head coach Jon Gruden’s offense requires attention to detail. A quarterback in his system has to put in an extensive amount of time as well as have a high football IQ. Manziel has never shown that level of commitment in his career. The Raiders cannot risk him being their starter.
Speaking of Gruden, there are people who feel Manziel would fit in the offense because of how much Gruden seemed to like Manziel in the draft. That seems to have been a smoke screen intended to help the Raiders get Derek Carr. It was actually Carr that Gruden was enamored with and recommended the Raiders draft. It has even been suggested that Mark Davis was so adamant about drafting Carr in hopes that it would bring Gruden back to coach the team.
“Oakland owner Mark Davis has been known to consult with Gruden on football matters, and Gruden made clear to Davis how much he thought of Carr, to the point where Davis wound up advocating to GM Reggie McKenzie that the team take Carr with the fourth overall pick. McKenzie and the staff wound up holding off the dogs on that one, and the rest actually played out perfectly. The team got a generational talent at 4, in Khalil Mack, and still wound up with Carr in the second round. But to the coaches who were there, there was a feeling that Davis, who’d always been interested in bringing back Gruden, wanted Carr badly because he knew that Carr, if he panned out, could wind up being a chip to entice the old coach.”
If the Raiders are in the familiar situation of being forced to play their backup quarterback, they need someone who has proven they can handle the responsibility. A guy with a 57% completion percentage who has more videos of him parting than professional wins is not the answer. Gruden will want someone who has both the intelligence and dedication to run the team when called upon. Manziel is not that guy and the Raiders would be wise to pass on him for a second time.
Should the Raiders sign Manziel to be the #2 QB?
— Chris Reed (@LVRaidersreview) February 14, 2018