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      How Johnny Manziel Would Benefit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers OrganizationBy Nick John - Apr 14th, 2014 at 1:57 pm jff_zpsefaf5db7.jpgDec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA    Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scores a touchdown against Duke Blue Devils safety Jeremy Cash (16) during the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Paul Abell-USA It’s important to keep in mind that whenever an article is written about Johnny Manziel, the comments on it will not be tame. Half of the fans will share their love for what he brings to the table, and the other half will display their hatred. He is football’s definition of polarizing. On one hand, you have this kid that torched some of the best defenses that college football has ever seen. He made spectacular plays that have NFL Hall of Famers praising the ground he stands on. On the other, you have this kid that is cozying up with Drake, living it up at the Masters, and that has a reputation of a guy that likes the attention he receives off of the field. No matter where you stand on his ability to throw from inside the pocket, questions about his durability, and stature as a celebrity outside of the game of football, there’s one thing we could all agree on: if Johnny Football took his talents to Tampa Bay, he would sell tickets. Isn’t that what the Buccaneers need right now? Now, the rest of this column isn’t going to be about whether or not I think Johnny Manziel’s skills translate to the pros, or if I think he will end up here in Tampa; I’ll save that for another day. What this is about is buzz and popularity; two things that the Buccaneers just do not have right now. The last two coaching staffs proved to be a nightmare for the organization. After the firing of Jon Gruden, it has been hard for the Glazer family to get fans to leave the confines of their comfortable homes with cold beer in the fridge and the game on their high definition TV sets. Fans weren’t excited about the product enough to pay the price and suffer in the Florida sun. They got a little excited last season, with the addition of Darrelle Revis, in what was promised to be the “No Fly Zone”. Instead, the Bucs got flown right out of the playoff race from the gate, starting 0-7. There was MRSA. There was Mike “Cave Man Gang” Williams. But now there is Lovie Smith, a coach that we know can build a consistent playoff contender. There are new jerseys that, while polarizing in their own right, are generating buzz and excitement in the community because it is something different. And now there is the draft coming up in less than a month. While most people are predicting that the Bucs are going to use their seventh overall pick on a wide receiver because of the glaring need at that position, the team has been doing an awful lot of research on these quarterbacks as well. Which brings me back to Johnny Manziel. Word on the street is that Lovie has a love for what Mr. Football brings to the table. If that is indeed the case, and Johnny gets drafted by the Buccaneers, it will immediately benefit the organization in the short term. Manziel jerseys would fly off the shelves. Bandwagon fans (whether you like them or not) will buy tickets just to see Johnny Football play in person. Die-hard Bucs fans will come out to see if this kid is as good as advertised. Celebrities like Drake might even join the party. jff1_zps8e6b5873.jpgMar 20, 2014; Houston, TXHouston Texans running back Arian Foster and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel sit court side during the second quarter of the game between Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY SportsWhether or not you like all of that attention is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is that the organization will thrive from a business standpoint in year one. If he proves to be a success, then year two is where things would really get good. Season ticket sales would likely be at their highest point since the Super Bowl champion era, and offensive free agents would want to come play for the Buccaneers for three reasons: they have the benefit of a Lovie Smith defense behind them, they get to live and play in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, and a figure like Johnny Manziel would be their quarterback. Again, I don’t think the big knock on Johnny Manziel from fans in the area has much to do with his play on field. I think it is more about whether they like Manziel as a person off of the field, and the attention he’ll bring to their beloved Bucs. A guy like him would change the franchise before he even steps on the gridiron, for better or for worse. There is risk involved, that’s for sure. No one is ever a sure thing when it comes to the NFL draft and its prospects. But don’t the Bucs need to make a splash? Where has playing it safe gotten them in recent years? The Glazers played it safe by spending only a few dollars here and there by recruiting Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik to lead the team into the future. That failed. They played it safe in 2009 by picking Josh Freeman, a quarterback who worked with Morris previously and who was a quiet kid that could never provide any distractions…right? Yeah, that failed too. Next they decided to throw big dollars at need positions, regardless of scheme, and get a safe head coach in Schiano that would bring discipline back into the locker room. That failed really, really badly. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Bucs just make a big splash? To grab a guy like Manziel, it would make a statement that says something along the lines of “We don’t know if this is going to work. But dammit, it’s been 12 years since we’ve won a playoff game, so let’s give this kid a shot and put an effective defense behind him just in case. We have to try something different to win.” I would welcome it, but I am unsure of how other fans would. Change is the hardest pill to swallow, especially when it’s one that you’re not comfortable with. I guess what I’m trying to say is this: what do we really have to lose? We’re not a playoff team. We haven’t been since ’07. We’re not winners, either. Haven’t been since 2010. Regardless of your position on him as a football player, I know that it won’t be easy for a lot of fans to hand over the reigns of the franchise to Johnny Manziel. While he might not be all hype, that is a huge part of what he’ll bring to whatever franchise takes him in the upcoming draft. The question is, Tampa, would you be ready for it?jff3_zps50b0acbf.gifhttp://thepewterplank.com/2014/04/14/johnny-manziel-benefit-bucs-organization/

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      Playing it safe doesn’t always pay off. There’s a chance that Manziel could flop in the NFL. But there’s also a  good chance that he brings this franchise to heights we haven’t seen in years. I say we swing for the fences if he’s there.

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      michael89156 is desparate….He keep reanimating dead Manziel thread lines and posting lame "What If" threads... 

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      Band wagon fans would come out of the woodwork.  At least until he screwed the pooch on or off the field.

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      Message boards haven’t seen this kind of  fodder since #15 was about to get drafted 4 years ago. Whatever works I guess.  Cleveland doesn’t need to sell tickets, those poor bastards have nothing else to do.  He’ll be a big boon up there, biggest one since Brady Quinn.  It’s amazing the lies we will tell ourselves in order to have a wee bit of hope.

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      Assuming we can field a good defense, it’s well worth taking a shot at jff.

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      Message boards haven't seen this kind of  fodder since #15 was about to get drafted 4 years ago. Whatever works I guess.  Cleveland doesn't need to sell tickets, those poor bastards have nothing else to do.  He'll be a big boon up there, biggest one since Brady Quinn.  It's amazing the lies we will tell ourselves in order to have a wee bit of hope.

      Browns fans hated Quinn, every game I went to they were booing and wanting whoever the scrub back up was then.

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      michael89156 is desparate....He keep reanimating dead Manziel thread lines and posting lame "What If" threads...

      brent-spiner-data.jpgWhat is the feeling of this emotion, "desperate"?

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      No because of Burkhardt

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      As a franchise and a city, we won’t have to worry about the JFF frenzy.  It’s becoming more and more apparent.

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      Playing it safe doesn't always pay off. There's a chance that Manziel could flop in the NFL. But there's also a  good chance that he brings this franchise to heights we haven't seen in years. I say we swing for the fences if he's there.

      hey batter, batter......swing!!!

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      It would be nice to finally be excited about our team and it’s qb that can actually bring intangibles to the field like manziel. We would have a chance to be big nationally for a change other then the usual laughingstock we have been the last 5+ years.Hell I say trade up to #2 draft Johnny f and get your popcorn ready(t.o. voice)

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      It would be nice to finally be excited about our team and it's qb that can actually bring intangibles to the field like manziel. We would have a chance to be big nationally for a change other then the usual laughingstock we have been the last 5+ years.Hell I say trade up to #2 draft Johnny f and get your popcorn ready(t.o. voice)

      If you're ok with giving up next years 15th overall. Or maybe glennon and a third?Not saying I would or wouldn't, but I am saying it would be arguably expensive. I hope the bucs have "spies" around the top six teams. Because any info in them right now would be very valuable to us.The exciting part, to me, is that no matter what we do.. it's an improvement.

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      Exactly my point of view….WHY NOT?  Lests have some exciting football for heavens sake.  Will only  work tho if Lovie is willing to build offense around him to save his small person’s butt!!!!!!1

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      It would be nice to finally be excited about our team and it's qb that can actually bring intangibles to the field like manziel. We would have a chance to be big nationally for a change other then the usual laughingstock we have been the last 5+ years.Hell I say trade up to #2 draft Johnny f and get your popcorn ready(t.o. voice)

      If you're ok with giving up next years 15th overall. Or maybe glennon and a third?Not saying I would or wouldn't, but I am saying it would be arguably expensive. I hope the bucs have "spies" around the top six teams. Because any info in them right now would be very valuable to us.The exciting part, to me, is that no matter what we do.. it's an improvement.

      Either or I would be fine with bench. I just think Johnny is gonna be a special player in the league and he could energize this fan base that hasn't been seen in this franchise maybe ever. We d finally be talked about in a national light and ppl would come to see what our team could do. I'd give up next year's first for him sure. We gave up two 1st for revis to recover from knee surgery and I was behind that move. Why not roll the dice and se what Johnny can do for this team. We're not going to be in this position to get a qb for a while. Take the chance on someone who could be a star.

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      Might be worth it. We certainly could risk more on worse.

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      ROLL THE DICE!He is a beast!

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      I suppose he would help sell tickets. That is about the only positive thing I can come up with at the moment.

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      So it’s not worth taking a shot at a potential russel wilson 2.0?I think it's worth it anyway.

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      The more buzz we hear around Tampa and Manziel and the more we hear that Lovie “loves” him, the less I believe we’ll actually take him if he’s there. Hope I’m wrong lol

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      The more buzz we hear around Tampa and Manziel and the more we hear that Lovie "loves" him, the less I believe we'll actually take him if he's there. Hope I'm wrong lol

      Yeah, kinda worries me too. Lovie has been surprisingly vocal this off-season though.

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      So it's not worth taking a shot at a potential russel wilson 2.0?I think it's worth it anyway.

      The durability factor is worrisome. Even Gruden asked him about it the other day.

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      So it's not worth taking a shot at a potential russel wilson 2.0?I think it's worth it anyway.

      The durability factor is worrisome. Even Gruden asked him about it the other day.

      Well if the QB guru questions him, its gotta be a legit concern.

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      It would be nice to finally be excited about our team and it's qb that can actually bring intangibles to the field like manziel. We would have a chance to be big nationally for a change other then the usual laughingstock we have been the last 5+ years.Hell I say trade up to #2 draft Johnny f and get your popcorn ready(t.o. voice)

      If you're ok with giving up next years 15th overall. Or maybe glennon and a third?Not saying I would or wouldn't, but I am saying it would be arguably expensive. I hope the bucs have "spies" around the top six teams. Because any info in them right now would be very valuable to us.The exciting part, to me, is that no matter what we do.. it's an improvement.

      Either or I would be fine with bench. I just think Johnny is gonna be a special player in the league and he could energize this fan base that hasn't been seen in this franchise maybe ever. I'd give up next year's first for him sure. We gave up two 1st for revis to recover from knee surgery and I was behind that move.

      So...You were behind the Revis move and that ended terribly..You are also behind getting Manziel..Not very encouraging for people you're trying to convince to hop on the Manziel wagon.

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    • Anonymous

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      It would be nice to finally be excited about our team and it's qb that can actually bring intangibles to the field like manziel. We would have a chance to be big nationally for a change other then the usual laughingstock we have been the last 5+ years.Hell I say trade up to #2 draft Johnny f and get your popcorn ready(t.o. voice)

      If you're ok with giving up next years 15th overall. Or maybe glennon and a third?Not saying I would or wouldn't, but I am saying it would be arguably expensive. I hope the bucs have "spies" around the top six teams. Because any info in them right now would be very valuable to us.The exciting part, to me, is that no matter what we do.. it's an improvement.

      Either or I would be fine with bench. I just think Johnny is gonna be a special player in the league and he could energize this fan base that hasn't been seen in this franchise maybe ever. I'd give up next year's first for him sure. We gave up two 1st for revis to recover from knee surgery and I was behind that move.

      So...You were behind the Revis move and that ended terribly..You are also behind getting Manziel..Not very encouraging for people you're trying to convince to hop on the Manziel wagon.

      I was just thinking the same thing.

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    • Anonymous

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      So it's not worth taking a shot at a potential russel wilson 2.0?I think it's worth it anyway.

      It's not worth it. He is a good QB and all, but he's not elite. I'm not trading up for a Russell Wilson.

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    • Anonymous

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      It would be nice to finally be excited about our team and it's qb that can actually bring intangibles to the field like manziel. We would have a chance to be big nationally for a change other then the usual laughingstock we have been the last 5+ years.Hell I say trade up to #2 draft Johnny f and get your popcorn ready(t.o. voice)

      If you're ok with giving up next years 15th overall. Or maybe glennon and a third?Not saying I would or wouldn't, but I am saying it would be arguably expensive. I hope the bucs have "spies" around the top six teams. Because any info in them right now would be very valuable to us.The exciting part, to me, is that no matter what we do.. it's an improvement.

      Either or I would be fine with bench. I just think Johnny is gonna be a special player in the league and he could energize this fan base that hasn't been seen in this franchise maybe ever. I'd give up next year's first for him sure. We gave up two 1st for revis to recover from knee surgery and I was behind that move.

      So...You were behind the Revis move and that ended terribly..You are also behind getting Manziel..Not very encouraging for people you're trying to convince to hop on the Manziel wagon.

      Yea I was behind the revis move. The only reason it ended terribly is bec our dumbshit former gm decided to give him about 8 million more then the next best corner I wasn't expecting that. Revis would still be here if dumb Dom didn't way overpay.this situation is different then draft Johnny m were not going to be paying him 16 mil.

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