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Sumlin offers clarification to timeline for Manziel’s NFL decision

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Late last week, Kevin Sumlin indicated that Johnny Manziel would announce a decision on his football future at some point before Texas A&M’s bowl game, whenever that game may be.

This week, the Aggies head coach has clarified his radio remarks.

Specifically, Sumlin stated Tuesday that his remarks were misinterpreted or misconstrued and that there is no timeline for a decision from his starting quarterback.

“I didn’t say that he’s going to make a decision before the bowl game is played,” Sumlin stated. “I never said that.”

Instead, Sumlin will gather all of the information he can and give it to Manziel.  At that point, the player and his family will make the decision they feel is best for his football future.

“We’ll have an analysis by the NFL, I’ll talk to some different people and what I try to do is give our guys as much factual information that I can gather from the NFL specifically instead of what’s being said on television or on blogs and things like that,” Sumlin said. ”That’s my job as a coach to give them as much information as I can so they can make the best decision for them and their family.”

That said, it would be an upset of monumental proportions if Manziel returned to College Station for another season.  While the spotlight hasn’t been nearly as bright as it was last season on the field — or this offseason off of it — most of those in and around the Aggies football program consider it to be a foregone conclusion that the reigning Heisman winner bolts at season’s end for the NFL and gives up his final two years of collegiate eligibility.

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13 Responses to “Sumlin offers clarification to timeline for Manziel’s NFL decision”
  1. bigdinla says: Nov 26, 2013 3:23 PM

    With the third pick of the NFL draft, new HC of the Houston Texans, Kevin Sumlin selects Johnny Football

  2. cometkazie says: Nov 26, 2013 3:26 PM

    I guess I popped too much corn . . .
    ;)

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 26, 2013 3:36 PM

    He’s not coming back….

    Imagine what him and Evans could do though with one more year and a better defense…..

    Alas…. c’est la vie…

    I can’t wait to watch him play in the pros and see if that super exciting style of play will transfer to the next level.

  4. cometkazie says: Nov 26, 2013 3:41 PM

    “I can’t wait to watch him play in the pros and see if that super exciting style of play will transfer to the next level.”

    Do you think he will be better or worse than RGIII?

  5. CBFAN says: Nov 26, 2013 4:09 PM

    He will not make an impact in the NFL. He is another Tebow. A great college football player but not a great NFL player.

  6. 2late2matter says: Nov 26, 2013 4:19 PM

    Agree with CBFAN that his collegiate career will not translate into a less-error prone NFL, especially at Johnny Football’s young age.

    A lot of first round NFL ‘talent’ have failed – or never been given a chance to play – in the more disciplined, regimented, established pro leagues where the athlete-student actually earns money for what s/he did for free in college!

    Manziel would benefit from staying at A&M.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 26, 2013 5:34 PM

    cometkazie says: Nov 26, 2013 3:41 PM

    “I can’t wait to watch him play in the pros and see if that super exciting style of play will transfer to the next level.”

    Do you think he will be better or worse than RGIII?
    _____________________________

    RGIII WAS more of an athlete than Manziel. I think Manziel has more elusiveness than RGIII but less track type speed.

    Now RGIII post knee surgery is a different and far less effective player, and I think we saw that last night. So I think Manziel can be every bit as good if not better than the current version of RGIII.

    The kid has a very strong arm, up until last week had been bullseye accurate, and he can extend plays and pick up first downs with his feet.

    As far as the Tebow comparisons, Tebow and Manziel both played in the SEC, both won Heismans, and are both white… that’s about where the similarities end…. Tebow was a fullback playing QB… Manziel is a QB.

  8. mogogo1 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:58 PM

    After that LSU game, maybe he should reconsider and try to polish his game for one more year. That game was the nightmare every NFL personnel guy has about Johnny: Inaccurate, not a lot getting done with his legs, and interceptions. And after watching RG3 regress this year and even Kaepernick struggle at times, that could be a typical Sunday for Johnny.

  9. cometkazie says: Nov 26, 2013 6:42 PM

    8to80texansblog says:
    Nov 26, 2013 5:34 PM

    The kid has a very strong arm, up until last week had been bullseye accurate, and he can extend plays and pick up first downs with his feet.

    As far as the Tebow comparisons, Tebow and Manziel both played in the SEC, both won Heismans, and are both white… that’s about where the similarities end…. Tebow was a fullback playing QB… Manziel is a QB.
    +-+-+

    It will be fun to watch.

  10. ancientcougar says: Nov 26, 2013 7:52 PM

    I’ve seen many “spread formation” quarterbacks and noticed that they just don’t have the shelf life of the current “Gold Standard” 6’4″ or taller pocket passer. Maybe Fran Tarkenton was the exception. Even Drew Brees, although not the desired tall q’back, stays in the pocket & throws.
    You don’t see him running for daylight; maybe for his life sometime though.

  11. mogogo1 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:37 PM

    “bullseye accurate”

    Great completion percentage, but he’s averaging over an interception per game, with multiples in every game they’ve lost. He’d be better off throwing a few more incompletions to cut down on the INTs.

    And his awesome completion percentage has been roughly what Geno Smith did last year (only Smith hardly ever was intercepted). How many more INTs would Manziel put up if defenders were better and faster and the coverages harder to read? He may be a far better passer than Tebow, but still huge questions if his game can succeed in the NFL.

  12. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 27, 2013 1:24 AM

    I think he made his decision last summer.

    Jerry Jones would love to get another local qb…

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 27, 2013 10:10 AM

    2 things that I believe….

    1, his throwing arm is injured right now. That has been leading to less accuracy over the last few games and less zip on the ball. You can see him grimacing on the sideline flexing his throwing hand in the last few games. Prior to the LSU game he led FBS in comp %. And he throws A LOT of deep balls.

    2, his INT numbers are up because he takes more risks than are necessary. He feels that he has to score every possession since the defense is so bad. He also has changed his game a little this year to be more of a passer. Last year if it wasn’t there, he would just bolt. This year he is waiting longer in the pocket and trying to force things in.

    ” How many more INTs would Manziel put up if defenders were better and faster and the coverages harder to read?”

    That’s a challenge that EVERY college QB faces at the next level…. and Manziel may be better equipped than others due to the average team speed on D in the SEC that he sees every week.

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