Bill Belichick wasn’t interested in confirming whether or not the New England Patriots’ leaked scouting report on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is authentic. In fact, the Patriots coach insists he never read all of the team's prep work on the draft.
“We probably have, I can’t even imagine, 10,000 pages of information. It’s a lot of information,” Belichick said. “There’s no way I can sit up here and tell you that I’ve read it all. I’ve read a fraction of it.”
The Patriots’ report on Manziel leaked to BroBible.com over the weekend ripped Manziel as an arrogant, spoiled brat with a fragile psyche – if coaches yelled or screamed at him, the report said Manziel would shut down. The Browns selected Manziel Thursday with the 22nd overall pick.
He was criticized in the report for not studying the game and never watching film, claimed he only knows about 60 percent of the playbook and said he attended four of 32 summer workouts last year. In addition, Texas A&M support staff members were “sick of him and ready for him to go.”
The report concluded that Manziel is more elusive than Robert Griffin III, but not as fast as Griffin. And while Griffin possesses better arm strength and throws a better deep ball, Manziel is more accurate on short and intermediate routes and has a quicker release.
“Different than any guy we have had,” the report concluded. “An upgrade over (Tim) Tebow, higher ceiling than (Brian) Hoyer with a stronger arm. (Good) #2 (quarterback) in Year 1 that could back up Tom and develop into a starter.”
Belichick poked fun at internet sites while downplaying the leak.
“We have a ton of information on all the players that are in the draft,” he said. “What’s online, you should go talk to the geniuses that are online. MyFace, YourFace, InstantFace… Go talk to whoever you want that does that stuff, I don’t know.”