Chip Kelly almost had Johnny Manziel three years ago when the eventual 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and future first round NFl draft pick was committed to the Oregon Ducks but left Kelly heartbroken when he decommitted and committed to Texas A&M.
Chip Kelly on Johnny Manziel reneging on his commit to Oregon three years ago: “That broke my heart. I love the kid. He’s a helluva player.”
— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) April 28, 2014
Kelly spoke for the first time today since the release of DeSean Jackson but the conversation turned to the one-time Duck commit, but don’t hold your breath if you’re an Eagles fan and you want to see Manziel in Kelly’s offense now.
Nick Foles is entrenched as the team’s starting quarterback so even in a highly unlikely scenario where Manziel was available when the Eagles are on the clock with the No. 22 pick, the team has too many other pressing needs to take a quarterback, even if he’s been the object of Kelly’s affection for the last three or four years.
And Oregon wasn’t left in the cold too much considering they landed Marcus Mariota that class and enters the 2014 season on the short list for Heisman Trophy favorites and has Oregon in line to contend for the college football playoff after bypassing the NFL draft where he could have been picked before Manziel.