Johnny Manziel texted ‘I want to wreck this league together’ to Browns QB coach?
Johnny Manziel lasted longer than most so-called experts expected last Thursday at the 2014 NFL Draft, sliding all the way down to the No. 22 pick, ultimately being selected by the Cleveland Browns after the team wisely passed on the superstar Heisman Trophy-winner with the eighth-overall pick.
According to Browns quarterback coach Dowell Loggains, Manziel, anxiously awaiting his selection backstage at Radio City Music Hall, was engaging in a text conversation and finally sent the message, “Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there.”
Loggains revealed what Johnny Football texted him during a radio interview on Thursday.
We’re sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on TV,” Loggains said, via the New York Daily News. “And Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, ‘I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.'”
“When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine),” he said. “I’m like ‘this guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.’ As soon as that happened, (owner Jimmy) Haslam said, ‘pull the trigger. We’re trading up to go get this guy.'”
Quite the story, although if this text exchange was the sole reason the Browns traded up to draft Manziel — which it probably was not — one has no choice but to question the integrity and strategy of the team’s approach to the draft.
And yet, despite the team making a move to draft Manziel, owner Jimmy Haslam has said that Johnny Football should expect to be the backup heading into training camp, something that probably doesn’t jibe with the brash quarterback’s confidence, moxie and ego. We’ll have to wait and see how the Browns and Manziel will be able to “wreck this league together” with Johnny Football holding a clipboard, something that despite the owner’s insistence, likely won’t be the case for all too long.