Hoge: Manziel a ‘juvenile punk,’ will turn out like Tebow


Mike Cole


SEP 04, 2014 5:28a ET


Plenty of NFL analysts have questioned whether Johnny Manziel can succeed as a pro. Merril Hoge has taken that doubt to another level, though.

The former NFL running back isn’t afraid to voice his opinion as an ESPN analyst, and he didn’t hold back when discussing Manziel on Wednesday morning. Hoge ripped the Cleveland Browns‘ rookie quarterback to shreds during an appearance on a Pittsburgh radio station.

“If you’re the Steelers‘ defense (playing Cleveland in Week 1), you want No. 2 (Manziel) to walk out on that field,” Hoge said on WDVE-FM. “You want him on that field. He has no business being on the field right now.”

Hoge made headlines for his brutally honest scouting reports of Tim Tebow after the Heisman Trophy winner was drafted. Now Manziel is in Hoge’s cross hairs.

“When I was doing the draft and I was going through and studying him, I actually got done and it was the first time other than Tim Tebow came out and I was like, ‘God, there is nothing —€” nothing that he does — that transitions to the National Football League,'” Hoge commented. “There’s not one skill set that he had that you’re like, ‘Gosh, he’s a first-rounder.’ Really, nothing.”

 Hoge also tore into Manziel’s character for the quarterback’s reported text to the Browns on draft night.

“When he texted the Browns and said ‘Let’s wreck this league,’ that didn’t just burn players; it infuriates coaches,” Hoge said. “It told you, too, that he’s a juvenile punk. He was like that, and he’s still like that.”

It sounds like Hoge isn’t very optimistic that Manziel will be able to turn things around.

“This will be the saddest, quickest ending we have seen in quite some time,” Hoge said. “It’ll be like a Tim Tebow (situation).”

Manziel didn’t take the Tebow route in reacting to Hoge’s criticism, but he was diplomatic nonetheless.

“Stuff pops up on my phone and I happened to see something,” Manziel said Wednesday.  “He’s been in the opposite corner of me for a while now, so all I can really do is go out and try to prove him wrong. He’s entitled to every bit of his opinion.”

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14 Responses to “Hoge: Manziel a ‘juvenile punk,’ will turn out like Tebow”

  1. Brandi says:

    Merril Hoge probably sees tim not in the NFL as some sort of “vindication”. But at some point, somebody is going to go back to all of the Pre-Game Week interviews of the Head Coaches of the Teams the Broncos were going to be playing when asked “How are you going to beat Tim Tebow and the Broncos?” Almost always Tim Tebow AND the Broncos if the Broncos were even mentioned.

    But the juicy stuff is the responses. Those Head Coaches rarely even talked about the Broncos. They were focused on how to beat tebow and the responses were generally something like this…

    “We’re going to have to try to get ahead early and build up as big of a lead as we can. Because if the Game is close near the end this guy will find a way to beat you.”

    Somebody’s going to pull them up one day and put them in a mixtape. It’s gonna cause alot of calls for explaining.

    • ck says:

      Brandi: They DO have A LOT of explaining to do!:(

      • Brandi says:

        I’d add the part of Jim Rome’s interview with John Elway where they talked about the Quality of “Greatness” that separates the Very Good and even Great Quarterbacks from those rare few “All-Time Greats”. If I recall, Brady and Peyton didn’t make their list. It was Johnny Unitas, maybe Roger Staubach…only a couple and Rome asked him if Tim has that quality. Elway didn’t want to say Yes immediately, speaking about his age and short time in the league. But when pressed he said “Yes. Tim has that Quality of Greatness”.

        There are soundbites out there that beat a million written words in effect.

        • Sage says:

          Did he perhaps say that because Tebow was on the team and he felt some duty to support him then? Because Elway has done nothing for Tebow since, except run him out of Denver and eventually the league.

          Sometimes a statement can be telling and informative, and sometimes it can be lip service. For instance, I’ve heard that Robert Kraft thinks *the world* of Tebow. How would things be any different than if Robert Kraft thought Tebow were worthless?

        • ck says:

          All I can say is even Elrot has to pay homage at some point no matter how envious of TEBOW!!!

  2. KingSolomon says:

    buzzy—go to the drudge report and see the article confirming that the NFL brass went to all the teams and begged them to sign SAM. Yet those same big wigs do nothing to help a role model like Tim. I AM SICK OF THE NFL

  3. andrea says:

    Looks like the NFL is embracing affirmative action for gay football players.

  4. ck says:

    Good ole Merrill and at least he has the right opinion on Johnny Football this time especially since he was so wrong about Tebow!

  5. ck says:

    Goodbye “Johnny Flash In The Pan Football” along w/media “CIRCUS!”

  6. Sage says:

    I struggle to see why hoge is worthy of being on television.

    What makes a man be so negative in the face of unique talent?

    • ck says:

      Sage: Think it is a big fat capital E for ENVY due to non talent; i.e.,

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