With NFL training camps now some four weeks away, expect the "This is what Johnny Manziel needs to do" unsolicited advice to really ramp up. We've heard from Brady Quinn and Emmitt Smith in recent weeks, and now Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana has weighed in on the Browns' rookie quarterback.
“I think the biggest thing is, 'Hey you've made it to where you want to be,'" Montana told NFL Network (via ESPNCleveland.com). "Everybody wants to have fun up there. But unfortunately, you're in a fish bowl even more so than he was in college.”
The former 49ers star admitted that early in his career he liked to party. But it was coach Bill Walsh who kept him focused on football.
“I always go back to an old saying Bill Walsh told me after we won our first Super Bowl," Montana continued. "I was going everywhere, trying to do everything. He called me in and said, ‘I just want to tell you one thing. I understand what you're doing. We may never get back to another Super Bowl. But just remember this, the less people see you, the more they want to see you.'
"So basically he was saying it's okay to do some things, but try to cut it back, but don't forget about football because that's got where you to where you are and that's what's going to keep you there. You got to make sure you spend the time on football as much as getting out and about.”
It's good advice, but Manziel's former college teammate, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, said that he fully expects Manziel to be focused on football.
"In training camp, I don't think he'll go out at all,'' Evans said this week. "He'll be committed and devoted and fighting for a starting job. ... "It's just he's under a bigger microscope than everybody," Evans continued, echoing what Walsh told Montana years ago. "Being a Heisman Trophy winner and coming out of college, he's just under a bigger microscope. Everybody does it. When he gets on the field, all of that will go to rest."
This is absolutely true. But god help us all if Manziel wins the starting job and struggles.