Kauf Drops: Manziel, Rangers’ Offseason, and Gearing Up

Johnny Football becomes Johnny Backup in Cleveland (Image: Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman)

Johnny Backup

It’s official, the Cleveland Browns have decided to turn “Johnny Football” into “Johnny Backup” to start the 2014 season. They decided Brian Hoyer would be the better choice to start week one and while that doesn’t mean we won’t see Manziel as the starting quarterback in Cleveland somewhere around week five, it does mean the Browns believe more in Hoyer’s ability than they do in Manziel’s. Not only that, but I think the former Texas A&M quarterback flipping the bird to the bench of the Washington Redskins all but sealed his fate as the benchwarmer.

The Aggie fan can try to be as homerish as they want to about the former star in College Station, Texas, but looking at his pre-season performances alone should quiet the apologists because Manziel didn’t give the Browns any reason to believe he could absolutely take the reins of this team and put wins on the board.

On top of that, defenses around the NFL are salivating for their chance to put Manziel on his back or itching for that blind side hit that would leave the guy who believes his own hype wondering what he got himself into.

Sure, Hoyer may not be the best quarterback in the NFL and he may not even be the guy the Browns stay with for the entire season, but he’s the right choice for the team right now. Until Manziel can learn to carry himself as a professional, in a professional league, he’ll be doing a lot more bench warming than calling plays.

 

Change is in the air

The Texas Rangers have a lot of work to do when this season comes to a close and one has to wonder just how that change is going to come about with the subtractions of both AJ Preller, who took the general manager’s job with the San Diego Padres, and “super scout” Don Welke, who followed Preller to San Diego as the new Vice President of Scouting Operations.

The first priority has to be addressing the pitching needs especially going into a 2015 season with only two of your top starters, Yu Darvish and Derek Holland. Martin Perez will be out until at least the All Star break, if not longer, after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and Matt Harrison possibly forced to retire after he had to undergo spinal fusion surgery on his back.

I can’t imagine the Rangers bringing Colby Lewis back next season nor can I see them using one of their youngsters as one of their starters unless they can’t land anyone in free agency. There are plenty of names to talk about on that list but I’ll save that for when the season officially comes to a close.

The bit of good news for this team is getting the aforementioned Holland back and healthy next season, Prince Fielder will be back, Jurickson Profar should be ready to go, if he isn’t traded before then, Shin-Soo Choo should be 100 percent healthy, they’ll get relievers Alexi Ogando and Tanner Scheppers back in the bullpen and if Adrian Beltre puts up the same kind of numbers in 2015 as he’s putting up this season, especially if Fielder does what he does best, the Rangers could be looking at the top spot in the AL West once again.

But, before that happens, the pitching needs to be addressed. “You can never have enough pitching.” The Rangers found that out the hard way.

 

Gear Up

We made this announcement a few weeks ago so I just wanted to remind you of the event TSI will be at on Thursday night September 4th. Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas is holding their annual men’s event called “Gear Up” and they’ll have plenty going on prior to service beginning at 7pm.

The Texas Rangers will be bringing their food truck out and will be offering all of the food you can normally find at Globe Life Park; they’ll have a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and plenty more events for guys to be, well, guys.

For TSI, we’ll be broadcasting from 5:30-7pm just outside the main doors to the church so you won’t be able to miss us. We have a few guests confirmed so far for the event and we’re waiting on a few more to confirm they’ll be able to make it. Here’s who we have so far.

Cory Procter (former Dallas Cowboy)

Michael Kiselak (former Dallas Cowboy)

RJ Choppy (105.3 FM The Fan)

Kevin Mench (former Texas Ranger)

One more big time name from the NFL we’ll release as the date gets closer.

We’ll add to this list as we get more confirmations but already some big names will be a part of this event.

 

**Update**

Former NFL wide receiver Tim Brown will be speaking at the “Gear Up” event and we’ll hopefully have him sit down with us for a segment or two.

 

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. You can also find some of his written work in the weekly Prosper Times and monthly Prosper Magazine. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

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