Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates defeating the Duke Blue Devils during the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Texas A&M won 52-48. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Zimmer Calls Johnny Manziel's Workout a "Sideshow"


Nearly everyone it seems was very impressed by Johnny Manziel’s Thursday morning pro day workout, including Ron Jaworski who called it “magnificent.”

I said nearly everyone, but not everyone. There has been at least one dissenting voice.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer…was not impressed.

Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram got some reaction from Zimmer. The Vikings coach called the whole thing a “sideshow.” He said, “It was different. It was a different workout.”

Zimmer also told Williams, via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle, that the whole workout felt “choreographed.”

Zimmer’s remarks seem to touch on the surrounding atmosphere of the pro day as much as Manziel’s actual performance. Interestingly, there was also a report from Ed Werder about this very issue.

According to Werder, two unnamed coaches expressed concerns about the media circus, saying the environment Manziel creates is something teams “need to be aware of.”

It’s not entirely Manziel’s fault if this circus atmosphere tends to follow him, but at the same time, he doesn’t do much to stop it either.

In fact, some have suggested that Manziel likes the spotlight a little too much.

Now we have to wonder if Zimmer’s first-hand taste of the Manziel media hype hasn’t soured the head coach. It certainly seems that Zimmer was, at the very least, somewhat bemused by what he experienced.

The Vikings nevertheless are expected to meet with Manziel on Friday. Maybe a little quiet alone time with Johnny will sway Zimmer to his side.

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  • Kenyon Hackworth D C

    Could be coach speak saying don’t take him and let him fall to #8

    • Moi Shon Boudoir

      We don’t Circus in Minnesota I hope coach sees we need to focus on football not a on one individual of writing plan on getting back to the playoffs

  • kyle

    Not a fan of this guy. Rather see Carr, Bridgewater, Garopolo or Brett Smith in purple.

  • robb

    It has to be Manziel for the Vikings and as mentioned the media attention surrounding him isn’t his fault and is warranted because he is a dynamic player. I think he’ll have the best success in the NFL ,then Bortles, then Carr, etc. I respect Tarkenton’s consensus of him and I think he knows longevity and finesse. Zimmer is the best thing to happen to the Vikings in a while but this is the only thing I don’t agree with. I feel he appreciates the talent but didn’t like the circus atmosphere around him with dignitaries like the ex-pres and so forth and doesn’t want any press distractions like RG knee had.

  • Ken Tomlin

    Manziel will not mesh well with Zimmer. Manziel is Vince Young/ Tim Tebow/ Vick/ Ryan Leaf! Athletic and exciting, but not a QB you can count on to stay on the field or out of trouble off it! Carr/ Garoppolo will be the QB’s the Vikings target.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I believe the Vikings add more defense at #8 ~ DB’s and LB’s come to mind ~ Maybe trade down a few spots and take the best safety to go with Smith ~ ???? DL could still make sense as some of the FA signings could be cut after seeing them in the mini camps just before the draft ~ Now doubt there will be some outstanding prospects still on the board when the Vikings pick ~ And at #8 you want to make sure you hit on that guy ~ If the QB who returned for their senior season had come out these so called top 3 guys wouldn’t even be in play at #8