Gil Brandt Loves Johnny FootballJanuary 27th, 2014
Joe loves listening to and talking to Gil Brandt. The famed personnel director for the Dallass Cowboys during their first dynasty is still a footballholic, oversees the combine for the NFL (which was his brainchild years ago), writes a column for NFL.com and is a regular analyst for SiriusXM NFL Radio.
The guy is a wealth of information and Joe finds his takes fascinating.
This brings Joe — and Brandt — to the Bucs. Only the diehard capos of the Mike Glennon Mob believe Glennon can lead the Bucs to meaningful games in January.
Joe doesn’t see it. Now Joe likes Glennon a lot. Good guy, but not a quality NFL starter. Joe would love for the Mike Glennon mobsters to sit down with him and show Joe what they see in the guy. Did he make his receivers better? No. Was he ever able to beat a playoff team? No. Worst of all, once teams got a book on Glennon, they shut him down the final month of the season.
What is Joe missing?
This brings Joe back to Brandt, who explained to Barista-training, pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King, of SI.com and NBC Sports fame, why he believes Johnny Football is the best quarterback in the draft.
A few league people raised their eyebrows when the godfather of the draft, Gil Brandt, put 6-0 Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel No. 1 on his first draft board. I asked Brandt why he did it. “I do have a tremendous belief in him,” Brandt said. “You are going to get 110% out of this guy every day of his life, every play of his life. If you don’t have a quarterback, and you want one, I believe this guy has a great chance to be good for a long time. This guy had an inferior team. And he beat Alabama, he beat Oklahoma. He’s down 29 to Duke in the last game of his college career, and he’s on the sidelines saying, ‘There is no way we are going to lose.’ This guy’s a better version of Fran Tarkenton.” About Manziel’s love of the parties, Brandt said, “He’s had a chance to do some things, at age 18, 19, 20 and 21, because of the financial backing of his grandfather, but the more I’ve looked into him, I just don’t believe it’s going to hold him back from being really good. The one thing coach [Tom] Landry told me a long time ago is you look for the good, not for the bad.”
What a great concept! One of the top coaches in NFL history said you look for the good in a player; not the bad.
Now for those of you that say Brandt doesn’t know quarterbacks, Joe has a little evidence to the contrary. Last year before the 2013 season, Brandt wrote that leaky Rip Van Freeman was one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL, worse than Christian Ponder, even. How prophetic were those words?
This, for a number of reasons, is why Joe would do what it takes to trade with the Lambs and get Johnny Football. There wouldn’t be a buzz or excitement surrounding this franchise by drafting Johnny Football since the time Team Glazer traded for Chucky.
An exciting, fun offense in Tampa Bay? What a concept!