Saints Drew Brees Compares Johnny Manziel to Russell Wilson

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It is going to be fascinating to watch Johnny Manziel at the next level. I have no clue if he will succeed or not, but it will be spectacular either way.

Drew Brees thinks he has qualities similar to Russell Wilson.

“He’s got all the playmaking ability to be a great player. [There are] guys like [Manziel] in this league. Russell Wilson and his ability to run the football and extend plays outside the pocket and throw the ball down the field. Intermediate [routes], I mean he can do it all.”

Brees went on to say that he believes that Manziel’s skills aren’t the only reason that the A&M quarterback will have success at the next level.

“I think the physical qualities are not nearly as important as the psychological qualities of playing the quarterback position,” Brees said. “Certainly you have to have some level of throwing ability and fundamentals and that kind of thing. But speed, height, arm strength … those things are way overrated when playing the quarterback position.”

“You have to instill confidence in the guys you’re playing with so they’ll follow you and play for you so you can get the best out of them,” Brees said. “It’s all about leadership.”

Agree with Brees that the physical part is only half the battle, it is the mental part that separates the bad from the good, the good from the great and the great from the legendary.