So obviously the draft is just around the corner, and somebody is going to draft Johnny Manziel. Maybe it's in the top five, maybe it's pick 16, maybe it's late in the first round, whenever. He will get drafted and he will likely end up playing early in his career. I know there are a variety of opinions about the guy on this site, and I don't mind admitting I am of the camp that prays the Cowboys don't end up with him (which I don't think has any real chance of happening) in part because I see him being a huge BUST. I'm one of those guys who can't wait for him to get under center on Sundays and fail miserably, so my predictions can be proven correct.
But I am sure there are those out there who can't wait to see Manziel on Sundays so that when he DESTROYS everyone they can say I told you so. So here's my question: How will you react to Manziel's success in the NFL, or lack thereof? Obviously if he comes out and plays well in his first year some of us doubters will have to eat crow. It's hard to ignore success. However, people have an easy time making excuses for poor performances. His O-Line is terrible. He has no receivers. He has no running game. He needs time to develop. He's always playing from behind. Cowboys fans are no strangers to QB debates, so we know all about these arguments, and many of us have employed them at various times.
So what about Manziel? If he plays this season and looks awful will his supporters concede that they were mistaken, or blame it on everything but him?
(I know that what a player does in their first year isn't the end-all-be-all, but we live in a society obsessed with immediate gratification, and our sports are no different. So fair or not, players will be judged immediately.)