You can't help but draw the parallels. Both are on the short side. Both utilize their mobility to make plays. Both have that "it" factor. They're not exactly alike, but there's enough overlap to make you wonder. We all know that the NFL is a copycat league. I think Wilson's performance will impact the perception of Manziel tremendously, whether he play well or poorly.
If Wilson plays well, and if they win, I think Johnny's stock will go through the roof. Everyone will clamor to get their hands on the next short, mobile, playmaking, clutch QB available. We see it happen all the time. Chris Johnson rushes for 2000 yards, CJ SPiller gets drafted in the top 10, Jhavid Best goes shortly thereafter, speedy Dexter McCluster next RB off the board.
But if Wilson plays poorly, Manziel will drop. Everybody wants to type-cast the winning model, nobody wants to even acknowledge the losing model. If Manning carves up the Seahawks' defense, everyone will want the cerebral, proto-typical, traditional QB, and Johnny will drop.
I think the weather is going to be cold and windy on Superbowl Sunday. And I think the near-zero temperatures are going to drag Peyton down. He won't be able to play the precision and control game that he is the master of. He's gonna have to take shots and throw some 50/50 balls and trust his guys to make it happen. I don't think that that's in Peyton's DNA, though. I don't think he can bring himself to throw 50/50 balls and audible to runs over and over. He damn sure can't make a play with his feet.
I think Wilson will rise in the big moments of this game. I think his big hands will give him more control in the inclement weather. I think he will take shots and give his guys the chance to be heroic. And I think he will use his legs in opportune moments to put his team in optimum position to strike. Wilson will find a way to win. And everything everybody will love about Wilson, they'll see in Johnny Football.