I understand what the Browns are thinking.
They are trying to protect their quarterback that has lived in a fishbowl dating back to his days as a superstar at Texas A&M.
So they requested to not be on the HBO reality show “Hard Knocks.”
But just because the cameras won’t be humming, and the microphones won’t be hot doesn’t mean Johnny won’t be Johnny.
The attention-loving Johnny Manziel recently returned from a 10-week stint in rehab — which is to be commended. And the Browns are thinking that a dimmer spotlight will lessen the chance that Manziel turns back into Johnny Football.
I’m not buying it. If a guy is going to fall into a relapse, not having the cameras might actually do the inverse. Manziel might be more inclined to make a bad decision when the rest of the world isn’t watching his every move.
But it seems like we come to this point every season. Teams put up the stop sign on the reality show — which Washington has already done.
With all of the turmoil that the NFL has gone through this past year, how about the cameras get pointed at the suits in the NFL offices? Let everyone see how and why decisions get made and how things operate on a day-to-day basis.
It would let people find out how commissioner Roger Goodell earned $45 million last season.
You would think the NFL would want to do this. With Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and the Patriots, the NFL has seen its once-spotless shield get pretty dirty. This would be an act of transparency inside a company that has made football the new America’s pastime — while only making it more popular for future generations.
If Goodell still doesn’t understand that his lack of honesty led to his hatred this year, then the owners should make a move to have him fired. From the mishandling of the Rice elevator video to not addressing why the NFL makes the U.S. military pay for a notorious recruiting scheme.
But unfortunately, just like Manziel, cameras aren’t going to stop Goodell from selling his soul or the NFL’s soul for the almighty dollar. We all know how hungry the NFL is for money. Ever since Goodell came to power, we have seen the launch of the NFL Network, which eventually gave birth to its unwanted son — Thursday Night Football. That was in addition to force-feeding football in soccer-crazy London.
It’s time to pull back the curtain on Goodell. He may not want the cameras to spin around and zoom in on him but after a year like this, I guarantee that legions of people will be interested.
You could make an argument that Goodell is one of the most powerful people in the world. He circumvents legalities in order to punish how he sees fit. You could say that Goodell is the emperor of the NFL nation. He has supreme power and now with the personal conduct policy firmly in place, players must walk on eggshells in terms of how they act off-the-field.
Even if Manziel cleans up his off-the-field behavior, his NFL shelf life looks to be quite short because he has shown that he cannot be a drop back passer in this league.
Goodell just closed the book on one of the most tumultuous seasons in all of sports. It’s time to let people see how the sausage gets made.——————
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn