Excuse Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator Vance Bedford if he's still getting used to this Twitter thing -- he'd only tweeted 225 times as of late Sunday evening.
Most of them are pretty innocuous. The former Longhorn defensive back sent out a string of pictures of Texas greats a few weeks ago, but his musings this weekend were a little bit more controversial.
How many spread Qbs have success in the NFL. You must play under center— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) May 4, 2014
Since there tend to be exceptions to most generalizations, regardless of how accurate they are, it wasn't hard to point out a few.
.@CoachBedfordUT perpetuates the myth that "spread QBs struggle in the NFL." What did Brees run? Kaepernick? Cam? Sell what u gotta sell.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 5, 2014
Nope, that wasn't too hard at all.
Problem players in college become rich problems in the NFL— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) May 4, 2014
Not sure if that is related to the previous tweet or the following tweet, but it does make the following tweet a little bit more interesting.
Manziel is a top 10 pick by the scouts. I wish him the best. He played backyard ball for 3 years. Now he will have to learn how to be a Qb— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) May 5, 2014
Well, technically Manziel has been playing backyard ball since high school and managed to translate it from one level to another, though the leap from college to the NFL is certainly much more significant. Point being -- that accusation has been leveled at Manziel before and he proved those people (like myself) wrong before, so there is some cause for caution here when questioning his ability to make the jump.
And Manziel has spent time working with quarterback coaches like George Whitfield, so he's not completely oblivious to the need for fine-tuning certain elements of his game.
Time to back away?
Any player from the state of Texas that gets drafted makes the state proud— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) May 5, 2014
Starting to back away, but first -- detour!
Someone said should I be more concerned about BYU. Spring recruiting is the season of the day— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) May 5, 2014
Texas also opens with North Texas...
But back to the whole Manziel thing.
No one took a@shot at manziel. Get a life people. Spread qbs have struggled in the NFL. The eagles run the spread in the NFL— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) May 5, 2014
Maybe the backyard football thing wasn't a shot at Manziel, necessarily, but it's not hard to see how Aggies took offense to the notion that their Heisman-winning quarterback will now have to learn the nuances of the position despite how often he was able to dominate opposing defenses in college.
Time for a full retraction?
It is funny. I wish manziel the best. Spread qbs struggle in pro style offense. Peyton and Brady are in the gun reading defenses— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) May 5, 2014
Eh, not really. And back around we go. Tweeting is a flat circle?
For bonus fun, pull up Bedford's mentions and have a look.