Johnny Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt feels his client is being rushed into action with the Montreal Alouettes.
Speaking with Manziel on the Barstool Sports Comeback SZN podcast, Burkhardt said he’s concerned that his client hasn’t learned enough of the offence to perform well.
“I’ve gone round and round with kind of your front office and everything else, I mean have you learned more than like nine plays in the three practices you’ve got before they decide to throw you out to the wolves so to speak? I do [think it’s premature],” Burkhardt said.
Manziel was acquired by the Als on July 23 in a blockbuster trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“He’s had like four practices in this offence, I think it’s a little premature. I think you’re only as good as your playcalling and your experience around you and I think everybody is trying to figure this thing out. I am, I’m a little bit uncomfortable and I think expectations need to be tempered a little bit because this is not baseball, you can’t just throw him in the five-hole and put him in left field and who gives a s*** what jersey he’s wearing,” Burkhardt said.
The 25-year-old celebrity quarterback says the team’s offensive staff, led by head coach Mike Sherman, has done their best to make him feel comfortable.
“I sat down all weekend with the coaches and put in some things that I feel like ‘Hey, this is what I did at A&M, this is what I felt like in Cleveland we had in our playbook that I liked. These are things that I’ve repped a lot in the past. I definitely stole some more Kliff Kingsbury plays. We put some stuff in that I felt like I knew and I’ve repped a lot in the past.” Manziel said.
“I’m going to go out and throw the s*** out of the ball, there is no doubt about that. I think the reps and getting out there and getting a chance to see everything in live game speed, it’s gotta happen eventually, what not happen now? Calm down E.B. we’ll be alright.”
Burkhardt doubled down on Manziel starting too soon and took a shot at the Ticats.
“I got more confidence in you than anybody in the world. I don’t think it’s completely fair. I want you to go beat their ass. They just traded you and we get to play Hamilton,” Burkhardt said.
“We’re playing the team that traded him and it ain’t like they’re blowing the doors off, they’re 2-4. I think their quarterback has thrown more picks than touchdowns, so go put it on their ass.”