Brady Quinn had a relatively quiet NFL career, but the Browns' former 22nd overall pick has been outspoken in recent weeks about Johnny Manziel, the Browns' current 22nd overall pick. The latest: Quinn thinks Johnny Football needs to tone it down away from the field.
“I think my biggest issue with it is when you are drafted in the first round you are the face of the franchise,” Quinn said during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio (via PFT), echoing remarks he made last month after the rookie spent Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas. “I understand he's trying to have a good time and live his life off the field, but there's a little kid watching that and now he's looking up to him as a role model. And for me personally, I have a little bit of an issue with it. I don't think that's the way you want to conduct yourself.”
Quinn, who sported a 3-9 record in just three seasons in Cleveland, seems to care more about Manziel's comings and goings than the Browns do.
When Manziel informed coach Mike Pettine that he was headed to Vegas, Pettine responded, "Have fun." And when the media brought up Manziel to Pettine after the trip, the coach said: "He did nothing illegal. It's the price tag for the reputation he has."
“I always revert back to Russell Wilson only because he's so young, he's been so successful, but you see all the time his good works, when he's out there on camera, or out there on Twitter, whatever it is, he's at a hospital with sick kids giving them gifts, trying to brighten up their day,” said Quinn.
“That's the kind of role model I'd want for my franchise. And I don't understand why [Manziel] can't interject more of that into his life. He's got such a following. So then try to do it in a positive way, to help kids who are sick or people who are homeless, whatever it is, but just try to do it in a more positive manner.”
Manziel hasn't addressed Quinn's remarks directly, but his comments to the media following his Vegas vacation certainly apply here.
"I don't live my life according to you guys or according to what other people think of me,'' Manziel said at the time. "I'm going to live my life to the fullest and continue to be committed to this game, committed to what I need to be doing here and trying to earn my place in this locker room with these coaches, with this organization.
"If I want to go out and have some fun and it doesn't hinder what my main goals in life are then I don't really care what anybody has to say.''
And if Manziel wins football games, nobody else will care either.
But first things first: Winning the Browns starting job. Pettine says that Brian Hoyer is "securely ahead"