Manziel is aware that “the organization has made sacrifices to get my services.”
What can a quarterback look as electrifying and polarizing as Johnny Manziel with the Alouettes? This is the question on everyone’s lips right now, but the principal concerned is fully aware of the expectations placed on his shoulders.
“I’m really excited to be here with Mike Sherman and Kavis Reed,” launched the new Sparrow Acquisition at its first Montreal media swim on Monday.
Manziel, who is not unaware that “the organization has made sacrifices to get my services”, is determined to continue what he calls his ” comeback season “, his road to success and … the redemption.
“My mistakes will follow me for the rest of my career. I stay focused on what I have to do. I am a football player. It will not happen again, “said the former pivot of the Cleveland Browns.
The 25-year-old athlete will be ruled again by Sherman, the same man who was his trainer when he was a stalwart in the NCAA with Aggies at Texas A & M University, where he won the trophy. Heisman.
At the time, the Alouettes rookie had recruited Manziel while the latter had previously selected the Oregon Ducks, led by Chip Kelly.
“I was coming out of the family nest and the coaching staff was becoming a father figure for me. He [Sherman] instilled in me so many values. I have developed links with Sherman beyond football, also on a personal level, “he said.
At the forefront of observing the exploits of Manziel in Texas, Sherman naturally has a very positive view of the potential and skills of his colt.
“He could return clears, kickoffs, he could do everything on the field,” said the former NFL head coach.
In terms of quarterbacks, Sherman has already worked with the crème de la crème. At the helm of the Green Bay Packers, he was able to count on the excellent Brett Favre.
Without wanting to compare him to a member of the Hall of Fame, the instructor saw in Manziel as in Favre this unique skill of creating spark within a group.
“These kind of players make everyone around them better,” he said.
The good price
Although Kavis Reed has made his biggest blow since coming to the position of Managing Director, Kavis Reed is still being criticized for the items sold back in the deal.
The Tiger-Cats finally got defensive lineman Jamaal Westerman, catcher Chris Williams and first-round picks in 2020 and 2022 for their second quarterback.
“We are very comfortable with the price we paid,” said Reed. The draft picks are lottery tickets. You do not know what you get. We did an in-depth analysis of the situation and came to the conclusion that it was the right thing to do for the organization. “