Tony Dungy on Johnny Manziel: “If I’m committed to winning, I’d take him”

johnny manziel 2Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy had some nice things to say about Johnny Manziel, according to CBS Radio in Tampa.

“He is productive, he’s a winner,” Dungy said. “He’s a guy that excites his teammates. He gets the most out of everybody around him. That’s what you’re looking for in a quarterback. But is he talented enough? Can you win with him? Is he going to make plays in the NFL? Absolutely. Should he be a top-five pick? We’ll see how that goes. If I’m committed to winning, I’d take him.”

Dungy also shared his concerns.

“My two concerns would be, No. 1, if you take him, you’ve got to build your offense around what he can do,” Dungy told The Musers on KTCK AM radio. “Very much what you’d have to do with Tim Tebow. You’ve gotta make a commitment and say, ‘We’re going to build around him.’ That’s not hard to do. You can do that.”

“The second concern I’d have is, can he stay healthy?” he said. “We saw it with Robert Griffin — spectacular athlete, special player. But when you build it on that mobility, you always have the concern: Can he hold up and stay healthy around these big players?”

I don’t think Dungy’s first concern is an issue. I do agree with his second one though.

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