Jon Gruden, recently worked with former Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel for his Gruden’s QB Camp television series on ESPN, and the former Super Bowl coach feels the former Heisman Trophy winner has a rare skill set you don’t want to regret passing up. Gruden told USA Today that Manziel reminds him a lot of Brett Favre, a trye Hall of Famer.
“It’s a big concern,” Gruden, the former Super Bowl-winning coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, told USA TODAY Sports. “Johnny has a lot of magic to him. There’s not a more exciting college football player I’ve seen in the last few years.”
Gruden, who worked with Favre as a Green Bay Packers assistant from 1992-94, says of the nine quarterback prospects he interviewed and worked out, Manziel stood out.
“I had more fun with Manziel than I did most guys,” Gruden said. “I’d love to have him. It takes courage to pull the ball down and reverse field and do some of the crazy things that Favre and Manziel do. There’s going to be consequences when sometimes it doesn’t work out. But it takes a tremendous amount of guts and courage to go make a play when there’s nothing there instead of throwing the ball away.”
It sounds like one coach is in love with Johnny Football. It will be interesting to see how it translates to the NFL.