Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – While claiming it would create a frenzy to pick Johnny Manziel in the recent NFL Draft, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said the prized quarterback would not be a good fit in the team’s system.
“I knew with Manziel it would be a frenzy,” McNair said. “And probably even if he didn’t succeed at being an outstanding NFL quarterback for a couple years, the fans would have been frenzied.”
A group of fans called on the Texans to draft the Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M. One even commissioned billboards around Houston urging the Texans to keep Manziel in the state.
However, McNair did not cave in to public pressure, using their first overall pick to take defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. In 2006, the team took Mario Williams instead of the more popular Reggie Bush or Vince Young.
“Long term, we had questions as to how well he’d fit in our system doing what we wanted to do,” McNair said. “At the end of the day, you’ve gotta do what you think is best for the team. If you do what’s best for the team and the team succeeds as a result of it, the fans are going to forget those other things.”
Weighing fan pressure on team decisions is something McNair has grown comfortable with during his time as owner.
“We respect our fans and we listen to our fans, but they don’t study the film that we study. They don’t have the information and knowledge that we have. We’re in the best position to make those decisions,” he said.