Manziel addressed [Brown’s owner] Haslam’s comments after practice and left lingering doubts. His speech was part concession of some nebulous mistakes, part brag session about how totally awesome his life is, you know being so popular and talented and all.
“Here’s the thing I want to say,” Manziel said. “The reason I’m popular, the reason people follow me and there’s been such a buzz around me, when I went out on Saturdays at Texas A&M, I played with an extreme amount of passion and I played with my heart on my sleeve.
“But more than anything I had fun. I had fun playing this game, I had fun going on out on this field playing football. That’s what I live for, that’s what I do.
“The same thing off the field,” he continued. “Whether I’m going out and playing golf, whether it’s going out and having the nightlife, whatever it is, I’m having fun. That’s what my life is. And luckily for me I’m living out my dream of playing in the NFL, having a ton of fun …. Life’s fun. Enjoy it while it’s here.”
Manziel can live his life anyway he chooses but if he thinks life is short and needs to be embraced, he needs to show he understands life in the NFL is even more precious. Players claim NFL means “Not For Long” for a reason.
Manziel talked about the urgency of every snap. He talked about buckling down and working. He talked about getting better each and every session, of plowing through the learning curve of a more complex NFL offense.
He also kept talking about how he’s living the dream and should embrace it like a typical 21-year-old, except he isn’t a typical 21-year-old and, as such, the dream can vanish quickly.
So he better chuck it for the Browns. He better be damn, damn good. The competition is serious and significant and popularity doesn’t mean a thing. Fans can always buy a new jersey.
I think the Browns will soon discover that they wasted a lot of money on this train wreck waiting to happen.