Craig: No telling what Zimmer meant about Manziel

  • Updated: April 1, 2014 - 8:50 PM

If you aren’t a child and your memory is intact and you’re an NFL fan who has somehow managed to maintain the ability to think for yourself, you’ve probably already flagged Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s “flags” comment concerning Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

“We asked him all kinds of questions. ...There are some flags that come up. All of the things that happened out in Los Angeles, the commercials and all that stuff. … That position has got to be a position that really eats, breathes, and sleeps football where he is going to take it upon his shoulders to win.”

First of all, it’s always nice to hear a coach say something that doesn’t cause a veteran NFL media member’s eyeballs to glaze over. Secondly, Zimmer didn’t say anything that’s out of whack with logical thinking by those of us in the non-football genius camp. Anybody who sells “Johnny Football” as his persona is likely heading in one of two directions: Superstar or future draft-day punch line.

What we can’t deduce from Zimmer’s comments, however, is how he or the Vikings actually feel about Manziel. Honesty isn’t the best policy in the NFL. It’s treason come springtime.

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