Kevin Sumlin: The QB Guru

Published on 3-Sep-2014 by Stacey Mickles

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Kevin Sumlin: The QB Guru

After watching Kenny Hill shred the South Carolina defense and after watching Johnny Manziel look unimpressive so far since making his NFL pre-season debut, more and more comments are popping up, asking if Mr Football really is that good or if it was Kevn Sumlin's system.

We all ooohhed and ahhhed over Johnny Football last year when we probably should have have been ooohhing and ahhhing over Sumlin.

It's becoming quite obvious that Texas A&M knew what it had when it signed Sumlin and gave him all those wonderful toys.

And let's face it; the media featuring quarterbacks all the time is just lazy reporting. It used to be the spotlight would rightfully be shone on other key units such as the Fearsome Foursome, Purple People Eaters, the Hogs, Electric Company, and Three Amigos. But that requires more research and coverage exertion than most reporters give these days.

Hopefully, more notice outside Aggie Nation and football insiders will now be given to Sumlin. Shouldn't be tough, His system has made stars out of Manziel, Case Keenum, and now Kenny Hill.

Under Sumlin, Manziel won the Heisman as a freshman -- a first -- and broke scads of NCAA passing records. So did the previously unknown and unheralded Keenum when he played under Sumlin at Houston. Hill came to college with more notice than either of those two, and while one game doesn't make a career, it looks like he's got the opportunity to do the same.

Manziel hasn't exactly dazzled with his play to date in the NFL, but he's obviously in a different system right now. But keep in mind the Cleveland Browns could make Joe Montana look bad.

But as one observer commented, maybe the Browns picked up the wrong Aggie.

No word whether Sumlin would go to Cleveland, but he's eventually going to be the next Chip Kelly. In fact, he was almost the first Chip Kelly.

And whoever snags him as their next head coach is going to have the real next big thing in football.