Kurt Warner on Johnny Manziel

Kurt Warner on Johnny Manziel

Warner: “I’m a true believer that if a guy is ready and by that I mean able to handle the situation even if they don’t succeed, and you believe he gives you a chance to win and is your future."

On his belief if Manziel will start Week 1:

Kurt Warner: “I’m not going to say it’s just him versus the playbook because it’s going to be him against some really good NFL defenses. That to me, is the biggest challenge is that Johnny Football has to, yeah, grasp the playbook, but he’s got to learn to play the position inside the pocket. I think the biggest question is: Does that athleticism, that improvisation that he had in college, can that translate to the National Football League? Let’s just say for instance, that it can’t. And now, he’s got to play the position as a conventional quarterback inside the pocket, read defenses, get 1-2-3 with his reads [and] get through his progressions quickly. That to me is going to be the biggest challenge. If his athleticism can carry him, we’ve seen guys like Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick that have been able to have success early in their career because they’ve been able to create. They haven’t developed into great pocket passers. That to me is going to be the biggest question with Johnny Manziel. If that translates, he probably can have a little success early. If it doesn’t translate, now can he be a pocket passer and win every down by making reads and throwing the ball inside the pocket?”

On if he should just be thrown out there as the starter:

Kurt Warner: “I’m a true believer that if a guy is ready and by that I mean able to handle the situation even if they don’t succeed, and you believe he gives you a chance to win and is your future. I don’t mind throwing him out there, a la Andrew Luck, where you knew he was going to take his lumps, but you knew he could handle it. If a guy’s not ready whether it’s off the field or on, and he’s not ready to go out and have success with that team around him, then I’m of the proponent, let him sit. Let him learn and wait until you can put him in a position to succeed before you throw him out there.”

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