Barry Switzer Thinks Johnny Manziel Is an 'Arrogant Little Prick'

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2014

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Everyone is entitled to an opinion, even if it can come off a little strong.

Johnny Manziel has been one of college football's most polarizing figures for the past two years. You either love him or hate him.

Update: Friday, Feb. 28 at 12:55 p.m. ET

After sharing his disdain for Manziel earlier in the week, Barry Switzer grabbed headlines yet again with more controversial comments during an interview with WNSR in Nashville on Thursday.

When Switzer was asked whether or not he would want Johnny Manziel in the backfield, the former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach answered the question in a different way, via Fox Sports' Sam Gardner

I love his ability; Johnny can play. I've always said I'd never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I'd ever recruit a white quarterback to play for me was if his mom and daddy would have to both be black, and that's the only way I would do it.

My offense is a quarterback-fullback offense. I'd have to have a Jamelle Holieway, J.C. Watts [or] Thomas Lott. Those guys are gonna be my quarterbacks, they're great runners, they're great ball carriers and ... able to pass, complete some, and those guys could. Those guys could throw and run.

That's one way to answer the question.

Switzer also continued his rant on Johnny Football:

I would go to Johnny and I would spend time with him, and I'd find out and base my decision on what he has to say in my interview and my gut feeling about him then. This guy has got a little crap in his neck, but I've had a lot of renegades ... every football team does. That doesn't mean he ain't going to be a good player and help win you some championships.

Switzer has praised Manziel's game on the field, but his other comments have overshadowed his compliments.

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During an appearance on "The Morning After" on CBS Sports Radio 920 AM in St. Louis on Wednesday, Barry Switzer didn't hold back when talking about Manziel. The former Dallas Cowboys coach unleashed on the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, via CBS Sports' Will Brinson:

I'm gonna tell you. I said Johnny Manziel is … I don't like his antics. I think he's an arrogant little prick. I've said that and I'll say it again. He's a privileged kid, he's embarrassed himself, he's embarrassed his teammates, his program. He's embarrassed his coach. And they'll all have to defend him because they have to coach. I know that. I spent 40 years in the damn game so I know how it works.

It doesn't sound like Switzer is too impressed with Manziel's behavior.

Some people have expressed their disapproval with the former Texas A&M star, but Switzer's words may have been the strongest.

Despite his criticism, Switzer does like what Manziel brings to the football field:

He's the best I've seen. I've never seen a quarterback in college football take control of a game like he does and put up the numbers he does. It's fantastic what he's done against good competition. Game after game after game the numbers he puts up are staggering. And when you watch him, you think he's a running back. You can't get to him, he's quick, he has more quickness than he does speed. He's elusive. You can't touch him. ... Strong arm. You watch him on film and tape and I've watched him enough—the guy is oblivious to the rush. He lets you think you're going to touch him and then he disappears and he gets away from you and buys time. When a guy does that, guys are going to separate. I don't care how good you are in pro football, you can't cover for more than five seconds. Then they're going to be free.

And Johnny Manziel gets the ball to people. He's the most dominant, most dynamic college quarterback I've ever seen.

Well, at least Switzer gave the former Aggies quarterback credit for being a dominant force on the gridiron.

The 2014 NFL draft is just a couple of months away, and in that time many people will voice their opinions on the top prospects. Although those opinions won't hurt draft statuses, they can certainly grab headlines. 

Manziel has plenty of critics to win over on and off the field. It may take some time for him to do enough enough to change the minds of people like Switzer, however.

[CBS Sports]


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