Seeing regular-season action for first time since December 2015 with the NFL's Cleveland Browns, the quarterback known as Johnny Football fizzled in a hurry in the Montreal Alouettes' 50-11 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night.
Manziel didn't have a great debut in the National Football League either, though he has never thrown four interceptions in one game before. With his team later trailing 28-0 in the first quarter, Manziel completed his first pass in the league for a small gain, garnering a tepid standing O from the fans in attendance. "I don't feel I need to come up here and completely light everything on fire and throw for 500 yards a game and do this and do that". These are things that I've repped a lot in the past.'.
"Moving forward, I know this is going to motivate me".
Manziel didn't get much help, either.
"I didn't feel uncomfortable", Manziel said. The Tiger-Cats scored 31 points off of Montreal's first-half turnovers, resulting in a 38-3 halftime lead. Though he was usually able to escape pressure, coach Mike Sherman noted at the half that the team needed to protect Manziel better. "The defense, the offense, the special teams". But those moments were few and far between.
"It would have been nice to have more practices and more meetings and more time, but it was just a bad day and those days happen in football and learn from them because I don't want to have this feeling again, it sucks".
HOT MASOLI - The Ti-Cat pivot is second in the CFL with 1,914 passing yards, but only five of Hamilton's 12 touchdowns have come via the pass. I did a bad job of setting the tone on that first drive.
Despite the poor performance, Manziel was upbeat after the game and optimistic about the future.
"We've had a little slump, especially offensively, so it was good to come out and execute", said Masoli, who felt a little twinge for his former teammate Manziel, but not too much. "If I would've been judged after one game at Texas A&M, I wouldn't be where I am today". "You either bounce back and come back with a vengeance or you sit here and you let it kill you".