Sometimes in life you just have to admit when you’re dead wrong. When it comes to Johnny Manziel wanting to play for the Cleveland Browns, I was dead wrong. My take on his body language after the Browns selected him was that he wasn’t thrilled. It’s tough to read people in big moments sometimes, because who knows what’s going through their head, but I just didn’t see a guy who was happy to be a Brown.
But after a quote from Browns QB coach Dowell Loggains came out on Thursday via ESPN, it seems clear that Johnny Football did in fact want to be Johnny Cleveland:
“We’re sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on TV and Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, ‘I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.’ When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine). I’m like ‘this guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.’ As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, ‘pull the trigger. We’re trading up to go get this guy.'”
Sure, you can question whether Manziel wanted to be a Brown just so he could go in the first round. But that seems unlikely given the reports about the Minnesota Vikings wanting him too. All signs point to Manziel wanting to take his talents to Cleveland.
Given the recent and historical struggles of the Browns franchise, good for him. Someone needs to put that city back on the map in the sports world, so it might as well be the most polarizing guy in this year’s draft.