Barry Switzer Would Like To Go Old School On Johnny Manziel

By Andrew Fisher
Johnny Manziel
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Barry Switzer knows a thing or two about winning football games. He’s one of only two coaches in history to win both an NCAA championship and a Super Bowl (Jimmy Johnson is the other). But for the most part, he made his name as the head coach of Oklahoma back in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Things were just a wee bit different back then. Switzer once even joked that the hardest part about the transition to the pro game was having to deal with a salary cap.

So as you could imagine, the legendary coach has an opinion on the defending Heisman trophy winner, Johnny Manziel. Switzer had this to say on Johnny Football’s actions against Rice during a recent radio interview:

“For him to act so arrogant€“ I wanted to jerk his face mask and I wanted to grab him. Of course you get fired for that now; in the old days you could get away with that. It’s the world we live in. It’s a misplaced value system. When I see this happen I wonder where the core value system comes from, if he has a core value system. This young man needs a damn hell of a lot of development.”

It’s tough to argue with Switzer on this one. I personally find Manziel’s actions to be entertaining, but at the same time, there’s no doubt he has some growing up to do if he ever hopes to make it to the next level. Perhaps a good old fashioned face mask grab would do him some good…


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