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Barry Switzer the latest to blast Johnny Manziel

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Whatever Johnny Manziel does, the world watches. Texas A&M’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback sat out the first half of the season opener against Rice but sure put on quite the act in the second half. Manziel accounted for three touchdowns and three moments that caused many to shake their heads. That includes the always vocal Barry Switzer, who was not shy about his feelings about Manziel’s actions on the field.

“I’m certainly disappointed in his actions,” Switzer said on ESPN Radio. Manziel was seen making a money gesture, an autograph gesture to a Rice defensive lineman and for apparently pointing at the scoreboard as he double back to exchange some smack talk with a Rice player following a touchdown. Manziel was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for that last on-field moment of infamy.

“For him to act so arrogant,€“ I wanted to jerk his face mask and I wanted to grab him,” Switzer went on to say. “Of course you get fired for that now; in the old days you could get away with that. It’s the world we live in. It’s a misplaced value system. When I see this happen I wonder where the core value system comes from, if he has a core value system. This young man needs a damn hell of a lot of development.”

It is somewhat ironic to see a man like Switzer sound off on players behaving in an arrogant fashion, but I’ll refrain from expanding on the pot calling the kettle black idea here and move on.

Manziel does have a sense of arrogance and confidence in him, and it does seem to be rubbing a number of people the wrong way. What was one of the happy-go-lucky stories of the 2012 season has quickly turned in to another tale in 2013 after just one half of football. Manziel’s off-field behavior and activities has been scrutinized to new extremes, but his latest on-field behavior continues to be one of the big topics.

Switzer is not alone in his feelings about Manziel. One mother of a six-year old even took the time to write an open letter to the Aggies quarterback in hopes of getting him to become a better role model.

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29 Responses to “Barry Switzer the latest to blast Johnny Manziel”
  1. mauldawg says: Sep 4, 2013 7:03 PM

    JM is a product of A&M. They could put a stop to all this BS if they wanted to. They don’t care it keeps A&M in the news. Little Johnny will get his one day and the sooner the better. Still waiting for someone to plant his big mouth in the turf. It would be worth a 15 yarder to see it happen. Karma has a way of looking you up when you don’t expect it.

  2. basebuck says: Sep 4, 2013 7:08 PM

    Barry is right even though he comes from a rough. Background! Manziel is going thru a learning process and might need some tough love…

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 4, 2013 7:09 PM

    Kevin, you are a good writer and kind. I will say it, “Barry Switzer calling out Johnny Manziel is worst than the pot calling the kettle black.” I remember so many antics by Switzer and there is no point listing even some now. And Switzer was a very mature older man when he acted like an idiot and Manziel is not quite older yet.

    I wish Johnny all the health and happiness, but know if he keeps up his antics, not only will his coach jerk him from the game, but likely an opposing player will “target” him for some extra. I do not wish Johnny Football to in any way be injured, but no player can flaunt and taunt too many times without repercussions.

    I hope for Johnny’s health and for TAMU that those episodes are over. I know his very good coach Kevin Sumlin has already spoken to Johnny and likely will again before the next game and especially before any SEC game.

  4. pricecube says: Sep 4, 2013 7:14 PM

    Manziel certainly is polarizing.

    It was all fun when he was in the Scooby costume last year but I am getting sick of hearing about him.

  5. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Sep 4, 2013 7:22 PM

    Johnny Manziel is quickly becoming college football’s very own Ryan Lochte.


  6. cometkazie says: Sep 4, 2013 7:25 PM

    Barry Switzer = BS

  7. sfsugator says: Sep 4, 2013 7:45 PM

    Manziel is going pro after this year anyways heard the Jets are looking for a quarterback, im sure ESPN would love to troll on that for the next 20 years.

  8. vincentbojackson says: Sep 4, 2013 7:47 PM

    I think the problem is we’d like to hold Heisman Trophy winners to a higher standard. Manziel has a sense of entitlement that stems from having huge talent and being coddled his entire life.

    The guy is 20 years old and can probably count on one hand the number of times he’s been told “no” in his life. Probably hard for him to not act like a spoiled brat at this point when he’s never had consequences tied to his actions.

  9. cwk22 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:54 PM

    I hate Johnny football. Sick of hearing about him. But Barry produced the Boz, so he is not a credible source

  10. bertenheim says: Sep 4, 2013 8:08 PM

    Ten days ’til Alabama.

  11. be4bama says: Sep 4, 2013 8:17 PM

    I’m looking forward to seeing Johnny rolled!!

  12. watchfullhose says: Sep 4, 2013 8:23 PM

    Oh, I get it. Johnny Football is a douche bag.

  13. 10kmp says: Sep 4, 2013 8:39 PM

    Most arrogant, egocentric and self important a$$ in recent college football history. If you read ESPN’s magazine feature on this guy and his family (father in particular) it’s easy to see that he comes by his self centeredness naturally. Per the article, Johnny’s father attempted to get vanity license plates for the family vehicles with the letters “JFF” on each plate. What does “JFF” stand for you might ask? “Johnny Fu#k%n Football”… in his daddy’s own words. Are you kidding me? An arrogant, moronic, spoiled idiot with inherited oil money raising an arrogant, self important jerk. Pathetic. I’ll be watching all the Texas A&M games I can this year JUST in the hope of seeing someone… anyone… knock the holy dog crap outta this dope.

  14. longtallsam says: Sep 4, 2013 9:03 PM

    Manziel could have an even bigger year numbers wise than last year, and I don’t think there would be much chance of his winning the Heisman again. I think there are enough voters out there, that would vote against him just because of his sorry attitude. And although I love watching him play, I wouldn’t blame them for not voting for him.

  15. pricecube says: Sep 4, 2013 9:34 PM


    JFF should stand for Johnny Football Fatigue… the sooner he goes away the better.

  16. wabbitslayer says: Sep 4, 2013 9:48 PM

    Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.

  17. WingT says: Sep 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    We all know how well Barry was able to help and mentor Bozworth when he played linebacker for him.

  18. youcantmakemepickausername says: Sep 4, 2013 10:20 PM

    Kind of tired of all the Manziel stuff one way or the other, but this article got me thinking how crazy it would’ve been if Jamelle Holloway and Bosworth had twitter accounts when they were at OU.

  19. WingT says: Sep 4, 2013 10:34 PM

    Bosworth would have owned twitter – that would have been fun to watch

  20. barbeaux says: Sep 4, 2013 10:36 PM

    A lot of people have control issues these days. Spend your energy controlling your own life and what you do. You’ll be happier for it.

  21. dumbpollack says: Sep 4, 2013 11:21 PM

    Who is old enough to remember Barry smoking heaters on the sideline while coaching Oklahoma? I sure do. I would pay to see Barry grab that punk by the face mask and “shake some sense” into him. Obviously nobody has ever done it. The kid would be better off.

  22. Deb says: Sep 4, 2013 11:27 PM

    Barry Switzer? Really? Yeah, I’m with WingT … do we have any footage of Switzer jerking Brian Bosworth around by his facemask?? You know, since you could get away with treating arrogant punks like that in the old days when he was coaching :roll:

  23. suprmous says: Sep 4, 2013 11:45 PM

    I know my good friend southernpatroits is goin to laugh and get a kick outa this but here goes. Barry Switzer weighin in on this is about as politically correct as Woody Hayes bein an advocate for Coaches Against Verbal and Physical Abuse of Their Players. Where does Switzer get off on weighin in on this, him of all people. I’d rather face the devil himself or my papa’s (sorry Papa) borin tales of how it was back in his day walkin back and forth to school. Granted Switzer may have some attributes but in my peasized brain there’s very few. Sides there’s been better coaches to come outa Boomer Sooner Country.

  24. irishdodger says: Sep 5, 2013 12:05 AM

    Switzer is entertaining…I’ll give him that. Hell, he was raising just as much hell as his players were back when he was HC at OU. Bosworth was nothing compared to the players most have never heard of b/c they got busted or kicked out of school before becoming stars. I still remember Charles Thomson being lead away in handcuffs on the cover of SI after being busted for dealing coke. This was the starting QB for one of the biggest programs in the nation.

  25. wakiash says: Sep 5, 2013 8:37 AM

    “It is somewhat ironic to see a man like Switzer sound off on players behaving in an arrogant fashion, but I’ll refrain from expanding on the pot calling the kettle black idea here and move on.”

    My thoughts exactly–Switzer is no more than a punk himself-and OA (Original Asshole!)

  26. rjruthve says: Sep 5, 2013 11:19 AM

    We care what Switzer says? Geeeeezzzzz…… garage needs to be organized, there’s dust on my desk, I found a penny in the parking lot and there’s lint in my pocket. Good, now everybody is updated on the world’s most irrelevant topics. Yipeee!!

  27. barbeaux says: Sep 5, 2013 11:51 AM

    The more I think about that lady’s letter the less that I like it. Who cares that she has to have conversations with her child to discuss what she thinks is right r wrong behavior? As a parent, that’s what she’s supposed to do as much as she can. Too many parents want to shed that responsibility onto someone else…teachers, coaches, idols. Whether or not one believes it, parents are the biggest role models for children. As or the rest, she’s basing it on her perception of Johnny’s life. There are a billion of those. The only one that matters is Johnny’s. We need to focus on ourselves instead of spending so much time telling others how to live.

  28. prinoftide says: Sep 11, 2013 8:29 AM

    I don’t understand why a guy that looks so much like a rat could be such a creep. He sound take some of the money he made signing autographs and have his face sanded. What’s with all the warts and pimples on his face?

  29. dhardy8207 says: Sep 11, 2013 11:09 AM

    “do we have any footage of Switzer jerking Brian Bosworth around by his facemask?? You know, since you could get away with treating arrogant punks like that in the old days”

    No Bo Jackson took care of that for him….

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