Johnny Manziel and Baker Mayfield both played quarterback for the Cleveland Browns but that’s where their similarities end so let’s not discuss this
ESPN is reportedly using this “Dear Baker” piece to try and get some viewers on their pregame show in Week 4 of the NFL Season. They shouldn’t though. The idea is bad as there are no comparisons whatsoever to current Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and former flameout and party boy Johnny Manziel.
The idea is that Manziel will write a letter to explain to Mayfield that the two of them are not the same. Well, no kidding. No one thinks they are.
If there is any similarity between the two it’s that they both played for the Browns and that’s it. This idea that they are similar is laughable.
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Maybe they each won the Heisman in college, but Manziel entered the league with questions about his height, playing style, maturity, drinking, and drug use. Baker planted a flag and drank too much on one night.
Manziel admitted he didn’t do his homework and wasn’t a hard worker. Mayfield learned the playbook and despite working with a coach who was trying his best to keep him from the first team, he excelled with zero reps with that first team when thrown in due to an injury to Tyrod Taylor.
Mayfield also played four full seasons as a starter and was able to beat people with his strong arm and accuracy. He was the most NFL ready prospect this season and the very first person taken in the NFL draft.
Manziel played for two seasons at Texas A&M in an offense where he ran around and used his speed to win and then heaved it for the 6-foot-5 Mike Evans. He was also a borderline first-round pick with many teams not even having him on their board.
That’s a far cry from No. 1 overall.
So no. These two are not the same and it’s insulting that people keep acting like there are any similarities between the two.
It would be nice to see it end, but thanks to this “Dear Baker” stuff, it may start up all over again. Hopefully, we are all smarter than that though. And hopefully, we can all let it be known that we don’t want to hear this stuff anymore.