What Could Have BeenMay 9th, 2014
No, Joe’s not going to write daily Johnny Football stories. He’s gone. He’s in Cleveland now, where quarterbacks go to die.
That said, imagine what could have been. Imagine how the buzz around the Bucs would have exploded like a cannon at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.
Veteran scribe Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times believes the Bucs got their man, and possibly their best pick at No. 7. Still, Shelton couldn’t help but wonder what could have been.
Still, can you imagine the excitement today if the team had picked Manziel. Can you imagine the impact? For heaven’s sake, can you envision the ticket window, which might finally have to open every day?
Granted, Manziel, at just under 6 feet, is a little small, and he’s a little unorthodox. But he has been the finest playmaker in college football over the last two years. Didn’t films of how he shredded Alabama’s defense get to the NFL? Didn’t the scouting reports state that he was usually the best player on the field?
Hey, you can judge by tape measures and stop watches all you want. But Manziel plays for the scoreboard. Your eyes tell you the kid can play.
That’s an interesting point Joe wasn’t thinking about last night because Joe doesn’t give a damn if a seat is empty or not at the stadium. Joe imagines Team Glazer turned pale and broke out into a cold sweat when Bucs coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht passed on Johnny, and Team Glazer envisioned all those upper deck seats instantly empty.
Yes, people like winners and, eventually, tickets will be sold if the team turns things around. But, man, the Bucs had the chance to be bold in their palms, and tossed the chance away.