NFL Draft: Johnny Manziel has critics in Austin?
Vance Bedford was an NFL cornerback and defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears. Does he see a pro quarterback in Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel? Not so much.
University of Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford questions whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel can be a success at the NFL level.
Bedford, who has experience as a defensive coach in the NFL, said Sunday via Twitter than Manziel must still learn to play quarterback.
"Manziel is a top 10 pick by the scouts. I wish him the best. He played backyard ball for 3 years. Now he will have to learn how to be a Qb," Bedford wrote.
"How many spread Qbs have success in the NFL. You must play under center."
Manziel did take most of his snaps from the shotgun, but the notion that quarterbacks cannot be successful out of that formation would be dispelled by a snap count of Peyton Manning or Tom Brady in 2013. In October, Manning volunteered that he pulled out on a snap early because of his shotgun-dependent ways.
"Problem players in college become rich problems in the NFL," Bedford wrote via @CoachBedfordUT.
Bedford was quickly under fire for the critique, but said it wasn't personal.
"No one took a@shot at manziel. Get a life people. Spread qbs have struggled in the NFL. The eagles run the spread in the NFL." Bedford said.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles led the NFL in passer rating and had 27 touchdowns and two interceptions.
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