I have a twenty year old son and am glad the media is not dissecting his every move and hanging upon every word he speaks or tweets. He is a very successful student, but I am sure he has a good time, and probably does a few things that it is best I don't know about. He is, after all, my son. A twenty year old going out and oversleeping the next morning is news? I think this is quite a tempest in a tea pot and is getting way more ink and air time than it deserves. There are plenty of meaningful things going on at the media days and for this to be front and center is a tad bit on the absurd side. When "Joe Willie" missed the Sugar Bowl that was news. "Johnny Football" missing summer camp is not even a sidebar.
* The scrutiny of him has been “blown a little bit out of proportion.” Manziel said he’s still trying to live his life and “hopefully that won’t upset too many people.”
* How do you think defenses will challenge you this year? “Maybe bring some more blitzes. I haven’t really thought that much about it.” (That might concern an Aggie fan or two.)
* Manziel said he and his teammates earned the right to have some fun this offseason.
* “I never realized the magnitude of (the scrutiny)… You don’t really understand until you go through it and deal with it.” Manziel said no one knew what was coming in terms of media scrutiny, not him, not Kevin Sumlin and not the A&M athletic department.
* He reiterated that he was simply tired at the Manning Passing Academy and that his departure had nothing to do with what happened the night before.
* He said again that he was not asked to leave the camp. Manziel called it a “mutual decision.”
* Kevin Sumlin made it clear less than an hour ago that his “discussion” with Manziel resulted in the QB dropping off the social media site. Manziel was asked about why he hasn’t tweeted in a month and he sure didn’t mention any discussion with his head coach: “I guess I haven’t said anything lately because I really haven’t had anything interesting to say.”
* Asked how he needs to change, Manziel said that “he’s continuing to learn.”
* “Football is football,” and Manziel said his offseason activities won’t impact his play on the field this year.
Once again, Texas A&M’s quarterback seemed relaxed and self-assured while staring down a host of media members. “I love talking to y’all. There’s nothing wrong with this. It’s just another day.”
The difference between the Manziel who sits down with the media and the Manziel who is his own worst enemy when it comes to offseason antics is enormous. Manziel, today, has come across as he did all last season and at the Heisman Trophy presentation — as a young man fans can enjoy rooting for.
But who is the real Manziel? The guy who handed multiple fake IDs to cops and tweeted that he “can’t wait to leave College Station” or the guy who’s focused on football and realizes that to some extent he’s brought a lot of this scrutiny on himself?
If it’s the latter, A&M might have another fantastic season. If it’s the former, no one should be surprised if Manziel some how, some way creates an off-field distraction for himself and his team in the next few months.