Ticats coach June Jones ripped after saying Manziel could be “best player ever”

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones is being ridiculed unmercifully on social media after saying something kinda dumb about Johnny Manziel.

“I think [Manziel] would be the best player to ever play up here,” Jones told the CFL’s in-house podcast The Waggle. “He can throw it and he can run it like nobody has ever been able to do.”

Best. Player. Ever.

That bit of unfortunate hyperbole got Twitter going in a hurry as fans of the three-down league reminded Jones – who has coached all of 10 games in the CFL – about former players like Doug Flutie and Warren Moon. They may have also pointed out that Manziel has yet to play a game in Canada and didn’t exactly set the NFL on fire before washing out. The Ticats have Manziel on their neg list and are waiting for the league to sign off before potentially signing him to a contract.

Some of these GIFs are on point, too. A sampling:


We’ll let Bo Levi Mitchell have the last word because sub Tweets are the best Tweets.



48 Comments on Ticats coach June Jones ripped after saying Manziel could be “best player ever”

  1. What an insult to Mazoli. Mazoli got Jones his rehiring offer. Without Mazoli, no success. Sign Mazoli and forget about Manziel. Mazoli is our leader based on results, not biased opinion. I go with results, not rhetoric so dont come back on me Ticat experts and go on how you dont like Mazoli. He is a winner. He took over a broken team and won 6 games and it could have been at least 8 games out of 10.

    • please masola could complete a 5 yard pass. The 4 games we lost of those 10 were Masoli’s fault and Jones not taking the points that were there. I like Jeremiah but he is not a starting QB. If anything the Defense won us a lot of those games.

      • LOL! Gurney, you’ll be one of those TC fans I described before who will be whining that Collaros should still be the QB even after Masoli wins a GC…LOL!

    • Geroy Burris // December 8, 2017 at 4:53 pm //

      Mazoli is anything but a winner. He’s a thief. The kind that should be in prison. Google it if you don’t believe me. How anyone can root for a scumbag like him is beyond me. But of course he’s a saint compared to Johnny Headcase.

      But June Jones defended Art Briles, so you know he loves low-character guys.

  2. Kiss. Of. Death.

    • Geroy Burris // December 8, 2017 at 4:51 pm //

      There is not a team in the CFL that Johnny Trouble would start for. But keep in mind that June Jones is the same guy that pushed for Briles to be hired by the Ticats. If the CFL wants that fiasco all over again, then by all means bring the drug and woman abusing loser who can’t actually play at the pro level to the CFL. The circus should bring in an extra 15 or so fans the first week. But I’ll be gone. It’s nearly 2018. The time for giving women abusers “2nd chances” (Johnny’s second chance came when he was 14) is gone.

      We thought you had learned, Hamilton. Guess not.
      But you will

  3. Eddiefelson // December 7, 2017 at 6:40 pm //

    Remember when rocket was gonna tear up the league?
    He was pretty darn average

  4. Knock off stirring the pot of shyte! What ever happens, If Manziel shows up, I’m sure Jones will pick the body that’s doing the best job. Maybe his statement is recruitment strategy? What’s the harm in that? He’s already proved he’ll go against the grain when he went with Masoli over Collaros and his big contract! Something Austin refused to do.

  5. Quality contributions from the Twitter folk and 3downNation as usual…. about what I expect. And more from those “Mazoli” fans who still, after all he has done, can’t spell his name….about what I expect on here. I think that’s what would insult him more…

  6. Dundas dude // December 7, 2017 at 7:04 pm //

    Who cares what social media think about the Tiger Cat quarterback position. Who plays is not decided by the fans…we’re fickle and will support a winner… so let Tillman, Jones and Austin (ie those who know something about the sport) decide. I don’t know anything about Manziel, but everybody has issues and if he wins the starters job in an open competition, and doesn’t self destruct, the TiCats are better off. Win/win situation here…Collaros and Masoli understand these are the big leagues. Hamilton needs the Cup soon.

  7. Oh good god what an asinine comment from Coach June. This comment is so typical of someone who has absolutely no clue about the CFL…..HAVING WATCHED so many great QBs over the years from Russ Jackson to Tom Clements to Anthony Callvio…..not to mention Flutie and Moon…..it’s an insult to hear this jackass make such a ridiculous comment.

  8. I don’t care who jj thinks could be the best qb ever just win a friggin grey cup for hamiltin and whoever is the qb I will think he’s the best ever hahahahaha

  9. Sea of dead // December 7, 2017 at 7:25 pm //

    Must be contagious … First the Caretaker says that Austin could be the best CFL coach ever despite his iffy record and now JJ says that Manziel could be the best player ever up here before his first snap. Ah, someone should tell JJ to distance himself from the boys in the team box who have trouble visualizing reality. Not healthy! JJ just signed for 3 yrs and is starting to talk nonsense already.

  10. lol ok soooo 1st month into his new contract Jones is showing why he is SENILE !!! Goood GAWD, what kind of a looser supports a woman beating /// drug and alcohol addelled jackass who wasted some pretty decent athletic talent due to a screwed up over privilaged mind set. Yeah , maybe bring Jonney football in as low key as possible, and see if he still has it , ( last reports were Manzel was sporting buffet master body ( NOT best QB in the history of CFL body ). WHat an insult to the sports fans of Canada regarding a woman beating piece of trash that shouldn’t be let past the Canadian boarder !!!!!

  11. Ticats chick // December 7, 2017 at 7:43 pm //

    I will say it again I have no faith in someone who is sitting in the wings for 2 years. Go with what you know. If you want manziel to commit to training camp so be it but he’s not the starter. Masolis our man. Hopefully this horse s****t doesn’t alter his want to resign. Johnny needs to learn the game,!get back in shape and get to know the players of the team and how they roll before he has any chance of backing up Masoli. Go with who you know and leave the egos behind. Get Masoli resigned now.

  12. Another interesting comment from an American coach – coaching in Canada

    Hope for the best !

  13. All these negative and meeitless comments. He is not coming into the cfl as a drug and alcohol Addict. He is coming in to prove he can be committed and play like he did with Texas A&M. A super talent. Freshman year he wins the Heisman award over every football player in US colleges and universities. His second year he cane 3 rd in the Voting. Jeromiah knows he may start jones has it right in that once Johnny get use to cfl he will start and I can assure you it will be within 1st three games and the fans in Hamilton will be excited once again as will the whole cFL who will want to see him play. So all the negative people can be scheptical about being uncertain but to put Johnny Manziel down when many haven’t followed his football career should be the first in line to tell us they were wrong. June Jones knows his talent and the negative people don’t have the knowledge to judge him the way they do. Here is a young man asking for second chance. Hamilton fans should be welcoming him to Canada.

    PS. His style of play is tailored to June Jones and Hamilton Offense.

  14. A lot of the haters on this blog will believe any fake news and condemn somebody without knowing any of the facts… must be Trump supporters…

    • Ummmmmm , MAnzel had his chance BLEW it , and cant get a TICKET to a NFL game let alone a try out . The GUy is cnacer , comes from a priviledged family background , thinks he can come here to Canada for ayear or two , ( light it up because he is JONEEY football —ergo his ego was such he thought I just had to show up in the NFL and HE would be the GUY !!! Manzel want to come here MAYBE , because his ego tells his BLOATED body and drug/alcohol mind all he has to do is SHOW up , people like June Jones will roll out the red carpet , and he will get back in the NFL , just to show the people that know real FOOTBALL there they made a mistake , JOnney football is one of the World BIGGEST looser and should be left to rot like all woman beating scumm /// daddy be damned. The facts are the facts the man is a scum bag!!!!

      • Dundas dude // December 8, 2017 at 4:33 am //

        Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

        Also, if this guy wants play in Hamilton for a couple years, doesn’t self destruct, wins the starters job in an open competition, and thereby making the Tiger-Cats a better team, I say keep an open mind and go for it.

        Let’s see what this kid can do.

      • Tatersalad // December 9, 2017 at 9:37 am //

        sounds like your the scumbag wont give anyone a second chance and as far as we know you could be worse

  15. It’s seems to me a harmless bit of hyperbole. Let it go.

  16. Maybe he’s trying to up the trade value. 😉

  17. solara2000 // December 7, 2017 at 11:31 pm //

    Good thing the Cats didn’t name him ‘Head Coach and Director of Communications’ – dumb it down to x & os. Please!

  18. Ridersnhabs // December 8, 2017 at 1:22 am //

    Say what you want about him I just watched his highlights and omg if nothing else he will be fun to watch . Plain and simple , he makes shit happen . Talk about a guy worth the price of admission that’s him .

  19. One more reason to say ” there goes the 2018 season.”

  20. I was really looking forward to seeing Manziel play in the CFL, but this kind of nonsense pretty much kills that enthusiasm. There’s more than a little part of me now that would like to see him fail spectacularly.

  21. June Jones knows more about Football than you do.

  22. also people you have been played. June is stirring the pot. Whether you buy a ticket to watch Manziel succeed or hope he fails…you will watch. With attendance falling June will save the league. With all the other things Millennial s can do this will capture their attention. The opposite of Love is indifference. He has your attention now. Roll over TFC.

  23. riderontheisland // December 8, 2017 at 10:58 am //

    Dumb dumb dumb thing to say which I’m sure he is regretting and will for a while. Shows how little he knows about the league and being so naive might make the TiCats fans a little worried.

  24. June Jones is entitled to his opinion and he knows more about football than all of the people posting here, including myself.

    • greenenvy? // December 8, 2017 at 2:50 pm //

      Hard to tell by that comment. So I guess his comments about competing with Masoli or Zach don’t mean much. I guess Mr. All World has the starting job locked up should he come to Hamilton. I credit him for BELIEVING what he said, but it shows his ignorance of the CFL. Johnny Football was a bust so far in the NFL & there have been QB’s come to Canada who did well in the US & stunk in Canada. Vince Ferragamo led the LA Rams to the Super Bowl in 1980, went to the Als in 1981 & won 3 games, returned to the NFL Rams in 1982 & led them to another Super Bowl in 1983. Johnny Football has no such record in his dismal NFL career to date. His game may translate well to the CFL & may not. But the best QB to ever play in the CFL if he comes here? The usual underestimating of the CFL where some QB’s never get used to the 12th man or the wider field or the 30 second time clock.

  25. Creeker Bob // December 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm //

    I gave up on the Cats and CFL once the season started. If Cats bring in this jerk I will never consider the CFL legitimate. It was obvious who would win the GTC at the beginning of the season. CFL; WE NEED TORONTO THE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE They need the bums in the seats.

  26. Fake Ken Hobart // December 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm //

    In 1994, John Gregory also said that the Ticats signing of Timm Rosenbach could be the biggest signing in CFL history. Old guys like me remember how that worked out.

    • Middlingly “youngish” guys recall Timm Rosensucks well too. 😉

      Makes for good media fodder though. And these days, social media commentary from fans, especially when there’s not much else to talk about.

  27. Me thinks Bo Levi made the same expression after he threw his last pass of 2017.

  28. Tatersalad // December 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm //

    all these cry baby crying about masoli and manziel yet any team in the cfl would snatch both up day 1 of free agency so all you so called experts are really clueless

  29. Tatersalad // December 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm //

    he said he COULD be he didnt say he WILL be learn to READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Headline uses “could”… the quote within the post: “would”

      Personally I think he’s just speaking his opinion putting a guy in a positive light; he’s always been complimentary of his team’s players, not quite as hyperbolically though. He might be, just a wee bit, enjoying what’s been stirred up by this.

      • I agree he might having a little fun stirring the pot.
        Jones is very experienced and has dealt with media for decades.

  30. Jones is taking a stand. He is also recruiting with his comments. If you were Manziel, wouldn’t you want to play for a coach who thought you were the greatest?

  31. June Jones..That was one of the dumbest statements I have ever heard.

  32. Tatersalad // December 9, 2017 at 9:36 am //

    so now we have stories written by 3down staff you guys dont have the yarbles to back your own story so now there anonymous

  33. Relax Snowflakes. Manziel may not have taken advantage of his opportunity with the Browns but the Browns were and are as dysfunctional as a team can be. Coach Jones was only saying that Manziel could do extremely well in the CFL. I followed Manziel in College – he was freakin’ amazing! He raised the level of his team greatly. If Manziel came to the CFL and he was fit and had a clear head he might in fact do things never seen. Unless you saw Manziel at his best in College don’t post. Regarding Masoli he is what he is – average at best.

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