Quarterback Johnny Manziel is joining the Hamilton cast.
Manziel today signed a contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, is the fifth QB on the June Jones-coached team. The other passers are Bryant Moniz,a former UH quarterback; Jeremiah Masoli, a Saint Louis School alumnus; Vernon Adams, and Dane Evans.
Defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville, who joined Hamilton this offseason, said Manziel brings value.
“You never give up on deep-ball accuracy,” said Glanville, who coached with Jones at UH and with the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons.
Of the controversial Manziel, Glanville said: “Well, we’ve got controversial people coaching him.”
Glanville said the Tiger-Cats have a talented roster.
“We’ve got players,” he said. “If you’ve got good players and you’ve got good coaching, that gives you a chance. It doesn’t guarantee you anything. It doesn’t promise you anything. But it gives you a chance.”
In addition to Jones and Glanville, Hamilton employs three people with UH ties: Alex Green is a running back, Dan Morrison is the quarterbacks coach, and Dennis McKnight coaches the offensive line.