Kelly said today that when he was recruiting Manziel to Oregon, he believed Manziel was the perfect player to run his offense. And Kelly was very upset when Manziel, who initially committed to play for Kelly, changed his mind and chose the Aggies instead.
“When I coached at Oregon he was tailor made for it,” Kelly said, via CSNPhilly.com. “He broke my heart. I love the kid. I think he’s a hell of a football player.”
Kelly wouldn’t answer specifically whether the Eagles are interested in drafting Manziel.
“We have an interest in anybody that’s draft eligible this year,” Kelly said.
The mobile Manziel would seem to be perfect for the offense Kelly ran at Oregon, but in Philadelphia Kelly seems content with one of the slowest trios of quarterbacks in the league in Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley. Kelly might love the idea of Manziel’s athleticism adding a spark to the Eagles’ offense, but Kelly surely loves the way Foles threw the ball last year even more.