Johnny Manziel Rumors: Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin Was Johnny Football's First Enabler [VIDEO]
It wasn’t hard to predict that Johnny Manziel would struggle in the NFL both on the field, and to conduct himself as a professional off it, but his recent troubles are staggering no matter the expectations. Manziel was known to drink and party at Texas A&M, but no one was predicting that he’d be accused of domestic violence.
There is a lot of blame to go around for Manziel’s implosion, and much of it is being heaped on the Browns. But the seeds for Manziel’s lawlessness can be traced back to College Station, where Manziel’s behavior went unchecked, according to former Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen.
“I think the culture was a big part of it, and I think that stems from Johnny’s era there — the way that they let Johnny and [others] act there,” Allen said in an interview with CBS Sports about his decision to transfer. Allen said that once Manziel, who for all his faults was one of the greatest college football players ever, had left, the culture wasn’t strong enough to keep winning.
“For you to win in the SEC — especially the SEC West — 10 games a year and be a controlling powerhouse in that conference, you can’t have a bunch of people going different ways,” Allen said. Manziel isn’t the only prominent Aggie to have gotten in trouble since leaving. In 2014 Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans nearly got himself into serious trouble for brawling outside a nightclub before his rookie season.
Part of the reason the NFL forces players to wait three years after their high school graduation before entering the season is to mature, both physically and professionally. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin seems to be failing in that regard, and it’s showing both in the behavior of high-profile ex-Aggies in the NFL, and with current college players fleeing the program.