Barry Switzer coached Oklahoma
to three national titles from 1974 through '85. (AP Photo/Tulsa
World, Mike Simons)
Barry Switzer isn't sure if he would draft Johnny Manziel if he had the opportunity, but that stance doesn't have much to do with Manziel's talent.
In a Thursday interview with WNSR in Nashville, the former Oklahoma Sooners and Dallas Cowboys coach was asked if he would want his team to draft Manziel. Switzer mentioned that he'd have to sit down and talk with Manziel, but then offered his own opinion on drafting the former Texas A&M star. (Transcript via FoxSports.com)
"I love his ability; Johnny can play," Switzer said. "I've always said I'd never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I'd ever recruit a white quarterback to play for me was if his mom and daddy would have to both be black, and that's the only way I would do it."
The coach named a few of his former Oklahoma quarterbacks -- all of whom are black -- as examples of the kind of passer he'd want.
"My offense is a quarterback-fullback offense," Switzer continued. "I'd have to have a Jamelle Holieway, J.C. Watts [or] Thomas Lott. Those guys are gonna be my quarterbacks, they're great runners, they're great ball carriers and ... able to pass, complete some, and those guys could. Those guys could throw and run."
"I would go to Johnny and I would spend time with him, and I'd find out and base my decision on what he has to say in my interview and my gut feeling about him then," Switzer said. "This guy has got a little crap in his neck, but I've had a lot of renegades ... every football team does. That doesn't mean he ain't going to be a good player and help win you some championships."
"But he's playing too important a position on your team to ... not to have a relationship, head coach and quarterback, to be on the same page and him do what you ask him to do," Switzer concluded.
Switzer hasn't been subtle with his opinions of Manziel. Earlier this week, the former coach went on CBS Sports Radio 920 AM in St. Louis and called Manziel an "arrogant little prick." It's interesting that Switzer mentioned several former Sooners quarterbacks who played the same way as Manziel: They were great runners who could also pass.
No matter what Switzer says about him, Manziel remains a first-round pick on most draft boards, including Chris Burke's latest Mock Draft on SI.com
, which has Manziel going to the Cleveland Brown
s at No. 4.