Friday, the Sports Animal in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma had Oklahoma Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on air to talk about the changing face of the defense. He was asked about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and it appears that Stoops put his troll hat on and went to town.
In his defense, Manziel has been known to be somewhat of a problem child and many have said he needs to be watched closely. Is this situation Stoops was just saying what most people think and agree to, or did he just need to keep his mouth shut?
He started off by saying that Manziel creates problems for defenses and he understands what helps create the problems and he did a great job with that. Then, here comes the goods:
They’re (Aggies) gonna be tough to deal with. If they can keep him (Manziel) out of jail or keep him eligible, he’s gonna be pretty good. If they can keep him off the Twitter, he might win three or four Heismans. He’ll have that type of ability.
Manziel has been taking to twitter about his recent excursions and tweeting out pictures since winning the Heisman Trophy in December. Many have been all over him for his court-side tickets, casino trips and golf outings with the Jonas Brothers. Again, it has been said that Manziel needs to be watched because of incidents in the past, so how far from the truth was Stoops’ comments? It wasn’t off-base in my opinion. Nobody said he was bad at football, he just needs to be kept in-check. Most level-headed Aggies would agree to that.
There was laughter after the comments, so I don’t think he meant them as maliciously as some are making them out to be. I happen to think it was said as a joke, but this particular fan base doesn’t do well with jokes.
This is wouldn’t be off-season without a little bit of drama. And laughs.