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:
“I would hope I’m a better passer than Tim Tebow.” – Johnny Manziel, when asked how much better a passer he is than Tebow on @espn_firsttake
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 11, 2013
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.
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