Johnny Manziel: I Would Hope I’m A Better Passer Than Tim Tebow

Jan 4, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel with the classic “Tebowing” pose before the Cotton Bowl. Is Manziel a better passer than Tebow? Mandatory Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel is very unorthodox quarterback, but he has found worlds of success in the toughest college football conference in the nation. The question with Manziel is not whether or not he is a great college quarterback, but if he has what it takes to succeed in the NFL as a passer. Can his accuracy translate? Can his backyard style and improv work? It seems like we have heard these stories before.

Cue Tim Tebow.

Tebow was an outstanding player at Florida and one of the best college football players to play the game. However, he hasn’t been able to find his groove in the NFL and his mechanics make it hard to believe he will ever succeed. These are some of the same concerns that people have when discussing Manziel and his transition to the pros.

So with Tebow in the news again thanks to the New England Patriots, it should come as no surprise that the people over at First Take were all over the Tebow storylines. Eventually, Manziel was asked how he compared to Tebow as a quarterback, and he ended up taking a not so subtle shot at the former Gator.

From ESPN’s SportsCenter:

Manziel is probably right, though. He does have the passing tools, but his size and footwork are what really leave a lot to be desired. The way he is constantly throwing off of his back foot could lead to some disastrous passes in the NFL and his small frame would lead to unnecessary damage during his improvisational runs. 

But enough of the looking forward. Truth is, we won’t ever know how good Manziel will be until he gets his shot.

What we do know is that one of the best college quarterbacks in the game today took a shot at one of the best college signal-callers of all-time, and it was quite the zinger.

I’m sure Tebow himself will have a chuckle over the line while he is polishing his two national championship rings.

Who do you think is most likely to succeed as an NFL quarterback? Share your thoughts in the comments section and let your voice be heard.

Topics: Florida Gators, Football, Johnny Manziel, Sec Football, Texas A&M Aggies, Tim Tebow

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  • earlycuyler

    Guess which other QB’s, at any level, “would hope” they are better passers than Tebow. All of them.

  • RonB

    “Manziel was asked how he compared to Tebow as a quarterback”
    You pulled a typical journalistic trick. The tweet is correct, your statement is not. He was asked specifically about Tebow’s passing, not his play in general, where Manzil says Tebow is a “winner…he knows how to win games”. Also, take a look at the context:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JChPaGZG6M

    Please note that after he says he “hopes” to be better (as well he should…who would be satisfied with a 46% passing rating), he quickly adds the “but”. The “but” is his statement that he would make sure to work hard in the off season to improve his passing in order to be better than that. To latch onto the first part of the statement and ask your readers to respond to that alone seems disingenuous. I know controversy attracts, if that is your sole purpose. It would be nice to see some journalistic integrity as well. Why not add Manziel’s complete statement to your article? Few will notice this clarification in the comments.

  • jamessavik

    I’ve seen Tebow and I’ve seen Manziel. Tebow had a much stronger Florida team than Manziel had last year. Manziel single handledly won a number of games for A&M and he’s just a freshman. Size and footwork? It’s his wit and head for the game that make him so dangerous.

  • Abriel Moody

    How bout this Manziel…When you win 2 National Championships then you can talk shit. Until then, keep your mouth shut.

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