Chucky: Johnny Football > Bo JacksonApril 28th, 2014
Renowned yet overrated quarterbacks guru Jon Gruden is weighing in a lot deeper these days on the 2014 quarterbacks draft class.
To nobody’s surprise, Chucky loves lots of these guys (more on that later), and that includes often misunderstood Johnny Football.
Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio last week, Chucky talked about how he and others had false impressions of Johnny Football’s desire and ability to learn and evolve as a quarterback.
Former Bucs scout, Jets linebackers coach and Jets personnel executive Pat Kirwan floated a common Johnny Football premise by Chucky during Movin’ The Chains last week. And Chucky shot it down.
Pat Kirwan: I’ll make a statement, Jon. Shoot a hole in it. You cannot take Johnny Manziel, unless you’re willing to play Johnny Manziel in the Johnny Manziel offense.
Jon Gruden: You know, what, Pat, I think there’s a lot of people, me included, felt like that when I initially started this process. I think we gotta remember, Manziel just has two years of eligibility left. He’s just a kid. You gotta see down the road a little bit with Johnny Football. You gotta train him. Here’s the thing that impresses me: He can learn and he wants to learn. He has rare vision, rare elusiveness, and rare quickness. And this kid can throw the football — 1,400 yards rushing in the SEC, Pat, when you were scouting, Bo Jackson didn’t even do that. This kid is going to be a miserable, miserable man to deal with. I believe that, if he gets with the right coach, a creative coach that brings him along.
Yes, it is wise to remember Johnny Football only has two years of college football under his belt and would play nearly all of this NFL season at 21 years old.
An optimist would say Johnny Football as loads of room to develop and reach his enormously high ceiling. A Johnny Football hater would claim he’s too immature to handle the NFL right now, in addition to his allegedly questionable pocket skills.
Joe’s confident Jeff Tedford is every bit as jacked up about Johnny as Chucky. What QB guru/coach wouldn’t be?