Johnny Manziel’s first shot at righting the ship was hilariously f the mark. The CFL franchise that had initially fered him redemption, buried him behind their incumbent starter. When the starter consolidated his first-team spot, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were forced to deal Manziel to their division rivals the Montreal Alouettes. It was either that or risk a rift in the locker room.
Within a week being dealt, Manziel was handed the reins a 1-5 team in dire a spark. His first opportunity would come against the Tiger-Cats franchise that did away with him. Unfortunately things got f to a disastrous start, his first four interceptions came within the opening frame, the second coming f a miscue with running back Tyrell Sutton.
After posting a 11-for-20 pass rate for 104 yards, and four picks, Manziel was yanked from the game in the 4th and final quarter. “I felt I just made some uncharacteristic plays today, and you know, this game is humbling,” Manziel said post-game. “This is a humbling experience. I’ve had this experience in the past before, and there’s two ways you either go about this moving forward.”
I’ll reserve judgement until he gets fully-acclimated, but if he continues down this road, even CFL will shut the door prematurely on the “Johnny Football redemption narrative.” The Montreal Alouettes fell to 1-6 with the loss.