“Johnny Manziel Is Russell Wilson”December 27th, 2013
If you think the Bucs are carving a path to Super Bowl glory with Mike Glennon at quarterback, then there’s no reason to click the “read more” link below.
But if you, like Joe, think the Bucs might be very well served snagging a quarterback with their high overall first-round pick this spring, then continue on.
Yes, Glennon is a rookie who was droppd into a September mess. Now, he has a flimsy receivers corps and Vincent Jackson is double-teamed more often than not. Also, his offensive line isn’t doing him many favors, and his offensive coordinator may be the worst in the NFL. But Glennon isn’t wowing anyone this month, and the NFL is a wow league. And Glennon doesn’t appear to have much wow in him.
Plus, there’s always a chance that Glennon is being limited by Mike Sullivan and friends because they’ve picked up on his limitations. That’s a mystery.
NBC Sports Network draft guru and NFL insider Shaun King, one of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, says Glennon just doesn’t have what it takes for greatness.
“I think he’s maxed out. I don’t want to criticize Glennon because I like Glennon. And I keep saying this, I think he’s an excellent backup quarterback. But it’s not like he’s going to morph into an athlete over the summer. It’s not like his arm strength is going to get a whole lot better or his ability to extend plays. He just kind of is who he is,” King said on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday.
King says the Glennon situation means the Bucs should be examining the special quarterbacks entering the 2014 draft. There aren’t many, King says, and Johnny Football is one of them — one who could be on the board for Tampa Bay.
“See this is why I think they need to start over, because you need to bring in a GM and a coach and let them pick their quarterback. Now I don’t think this [quarterback class] is as deep as everybody else does, but I think Teddy Bridgewater’s a special player. I think there are some other guys in that early conversation that you got to take a look at. I think Johnny Manziel is a special player,” King said.
“But if you bring him in your organization, your general manager and your head coach need to be on the same page, as to this is our guy. ‘Ok, we’re going to do the necessary from a scheme to maximize his talent.’ That’s why I feel they need to start over because this is such an important draft.”
Former Bucs guard and WDAE host Ian Beckles scoffed at the notion of turning the Bucs over to Manziel, but King insisted Johnny Football has the goods.
“See this is what Johnny Manziel is, Ian. He’s Russell Wilson. He is. I’m telling you,” King pleaded.
“From an intangible standpoint, now he’s gotten a lot of criticism by outside people, but you never hear a teammate say a negative word about him.”
Joe doesn’t hide that he loves Johnny Football. And Joe’s confident the scouts will jack him up the draft board, as long as Johnny Football doesn’t get caught doing something stupid between now and May.
The QB debate will rage on unless the Bucs either do something about it in March or act in May. Glennon just isn’t good enough to stop the chatter.
You can enjoy King’s entire interview below.