Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Chip Kelly has revealed his disappointment in not being able to get Johnny Manziel to play for him during his time at Oregon.
Kelly recruited Manziel out of high school in Texas but the quarterback opted to stay instate at Texas A&M instead.
“When I coached at Oregon, he was tailor made for [the system]. He broke my heart. I love the kid. I think he's a hell of a football player,” Kelly told CSNPhilly.com this week.
Kelly brought an up-tempo offensive style to Oregon, a style which he successfully brought to the Philadelphia Eagles last season as the team made the playoffs.
Manziel would probably be a good fit for the Eagles current offense, however Philly don't pick until number 22 this year and the quarterback will likely be long gone by that time. Besides, quarterback Nick Foles was voted to the Pro Bowl last year after ably deputising for an injured Michael Vick.
At Oregon, Kelly was lucky enough to land star quarterback Marcus Mariotta who could well be a top pick in next year's draft. The head coach will be hoping that Manziel does not come back to haunt his team at the professional level.