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Will Johnny Manziel's actions hurt Kevin Sumlin's NFL chances?

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07:28 AM ET 09.08 | The petulance and somewhat polarizing personality of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel probably won't keep the Texas A&M star from being considered as a potential first-round choice if he opts to forfeit his remaining college eligibility and enter the 2014 draft after this season. But the nasty, edgy and downright exasperating "Johnny Football" persona often on display, like in the opening game victory over Rice last weekend, could have some ancillary affect on another high-profile Aggies' personality whom NFL teams have already begun to closely watch: head coach Kevin Sumlin. NFP noted in the "Sunday Blitz" a few weeks ago, after talking with several NFL decision-makers, that Sumlin is a guy commanding early interest from franchises that might seek to make a change on the sideline in 2014. And you'd better believe that Sumlin's ability to control the strong-willed and sometimes bullheaded Manziel is a component to which the NFL teams are paying attention.

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September 8, 2013  07:38 AM ET

Will it help if he takes a baseball bat to work on Manziel's attitude?

September 8, 2013  07:54 AM ET

No way. NFL coaches put up with this type of personality all the time, as long as the player is productive. The red line is breaking the law, and then it's usually out of the coaches' hands.

September 8, 2013  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No way. NFL coaches put up with this type of personality all the time, as long as the player is productive. The red line is breaking the law, and then it's usually out of the coaches' hands.

Bill Belichick doesn't put up with that behavior; ask Randy Moss and others he cut/traded as soon as they showed an attitude.

September 8, 2013  08:54 AM ET

A Hesiman doesn't mean success in the NFL. Many examples of that. An attitude like that can easily be fixed an an offensive lineman missing a key block allowing Manziel to get wallpapered!

September 8, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Sumlin is clearly an enabler. Johnny will get plastered in the SEC big time.

September 8, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Will Johnny Manziel's actions hurt Kevin Sumlin's NFL chances?

No, it will probably help his chances. NFL owners/GMs don't want coaches correcting their players behavior until it gets to be a PR problem in the news. Then, they act like they never knew anything was wrong.

September 8, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No way. NFL coaches put up with this type of personality all the time, as long as the player is productive. The red line is breaking the law, and then it's usually out of the coaches' hands.

The NFL is about production. BB put up with Moss until the return was not worth it . He was cut for football reasons, same as Hernandez was kept around for football reasons until the whole thing blew up. Same reason Tebow was cut, no amount of good locker room guy is gonna keep you around. The NFL is loaded with guys who do worse stunts than Manziel on the field, especially WRs and DBs.

September 8, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Bill Belichick doesn't put up with that behavior; ask Randy Moss and others he cut/traded as soon as they showed an attitude.

Really??? Bill Belichick signed Aaron Hernandez to a five year extension knowing the guy was a problem!!!

September 8, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

A Hesiman doesn't mean success in the NFL. Many examples of that. An attitude like that can easily be fixed an an offensive lineman missing a key block allowing Manziel to get wallpapered!

Are you suggesting he play in Dallas?

September 8, 2013  09:58 AM ET

Chip Kelly is now coaching in the NFL. So the answer to the reporters question is " No, it will not hurt him." Your whole program can be out of control, but if you win enough you will be a candidate for the NFL.

September 8, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Are you suggesting he play in Dallas?

No way, we want Romo there for the next 50 years!

September 8, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

No way, we want Romo there for the next 50 years!

That's true but I only asked because Dallas is where they think O-line stands for "Ole".

September 8, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Are you suggesting he play in Dallas?

I would say that there's no chance in hell Jerry would do that, Canuck...


But - he drafted Quincy QB.

September 8, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

That's true but I only asked because Dallas is where they think O-line stands for "Ole".

Their success, what there will be will depends on the o-line, but when you have to bring a guy off the couch 5 days before the season starts, that doesn't say much about what you got.

September 8, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Garret will be gone after this season, bring in Sumlin.

September 8, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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Garret will be gone after this season, bring in Sumlin.

More likely scenario is the Cowboys go 9-7, win the muddled NFC East and he gets a four year extension as JJ perceives it as a sign of progress.

September 8, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

More likely scenario is the Cowboys go 9-7, win the muddled NFC East and he gets a four year extension as JJ perceives it as a sign of progress.

flip the record and he GONE!!

September 8, 2013  10:32 AM ET

There is no chance in hell Manziel gets drafted in the first 4 rounds unless Matt Millen or Josh McDaniels are GM's when he wants to go pro. At least most of the over hyped no talent QB's that get over drafted (Brady Quinn, Tebow, J. Russell, V. Young, Leinhart, Sanchez, Gabbert etc) had size. Manziel would get killed in the NFL.

September 8, 2013  10:33 AM ET

His success at UH was in Conference USA, something a kin to being crowned King of the Idiots. He has yet to show success in the SEC. We will have to wait until his own recruits take a field, and that will take a couple more years. I'm guessing his ethnicity has more to do with these NFL predictions that his success at a tier two conference.

 
September 8, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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There is no chance in hell Manziel gets drafted in the first 4 rounds unless Matt Millen or Josh McDaniels are GM's

I respectfully disagree. With the rookie salary cap in place it is low risk high reward situation. Not like the days of yore when you had $50 million locked up long term in a first round QB.

Put him around boys and he acts like a boy. Put him around men and maybe he changes. For all the bad pub he gets, he is not a banger or a thug as far as I know.

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