CFL types unhappy with attention lavished on Johnny Football

The latest blast of news and speculation that Johnny Manziel might grace the CFL with his presence prompted more griping than usual from current league types.

The attention lavished on Johnny Football has been a sore spot before but Manziel said on Tuesday that he might actually play north of the border if the NFL doesn’t work out and his agent called it a “viable option.” With Dave Naylor and Matt Dunigan from TSN in Austin, the league pumping out content, a CP wire story going out to print and digital outlets and 3Down producing, uh, one or two stories, there was a wall of Johnny content.

Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Chris Walby didn’t like the idea of the CFL as a fallback plan.

A TSN analyst and former player agreed with that sentiment.

Ottawa Redblacks receiver Greg Ellingson said the media should be paying more attention to players already in the league (nevermind that much of the traditional CFL media just spent several days in Winnipeg pumping out largely positive stories from CFL Week and the combine.)

B.C. Lions special teams coordinator Jeff Reinebold, who is also an NFL analyst and podcaster for SkySports, made much the same point in his trademark ALL CAPS STYLE.

Walby softened his stance on Manziel in a follow-up Tweet and captured the essence of the thing pretty well.