Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 9/16/13
Johnny Manziel, which the Alabama Crimson Tide Sports Information Department claims was “contained by the Alabama defense for much of the game” (even though Texas Agricultural & Manziel set a school record for total offense on ‘Bama) is now the topic of discussion by NFL pundits. Yes, the NFL punditocracy, not the college football punditocracy. NBC Sports Scott Pioli on comparing Johnny Manziel with Russell Wilson, who was also an undersized QB: “You’ve got one player who has a great deal of maturity, and you have another guy who everyone is concerned about with his maturity level.” Dan Patrick: “If he played at a different position with those concerns off the field, it would be different to invest in him.” Pioli: “Absolutely, because this is going to be the leader of your football team, the leader of your franchise; probably the face of your franchise. The last thing you want to do is put someone in that position with those issues that’s going to be representing your club.” Patrick: “Would you draft him?” Pioli: “Today? I would not draft him. What I would be doing is spending my time finding out and chasing the ghosts of the issues that he has.” Patrick: “By the time draft time comes around, you would have done your homework?” Pioli: “Absolutely” Patrick: “But you still wouldn’t draft him today?” Pioli: “Today, I would not.” Has this gone too far? The over-coverage of Johnny Manziel? Like I said on Tuesday And now the story of the story of Johnny Manziel coverage has become a story. How meta. We’re with an eye looking back at itself. With NFL guys talking about Johnny Manziel “we’re through the looking glass people!” Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and Facebook   The post Now even NFL Punditocracy discusses Johnny Manziel too appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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