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Chip Kelly on Johnny Manziel: “I love the kid”


Eagles coach Chip Kelly probably won’t draft former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. But Kelly sure is enamored with Johnny Football.

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 “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.

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39 Responses to “Chip Kelly on Johnny Manziel: “I love the kid””
  1. phillyphannnn83 says: Apr 28, 2014 8:39 PM

    We only have 6 picks this year. There is absolutely zero chance one is wasted on a QB.

  2. thesmartest1 says: Apr 28, 2014 8:40 PM

    Haha! Don’t believe any coach the next two weeks.

  3. thekiller678 says: Apr 28, 2014 8:42 PM

    Expect Johnny to end up in Denver

  4. kingjoe1 says: Apr 28, 2014 8:47 PM

    My Mock is as good as anyones:

    1. Mack
    5. Bortles.

  5. footballfan84 says: Apr 28, 2014 8:49 PM

    Chip is tailor made for a career in politics.

  6. General37 says: Apr 28, 2014 8:57 PM

    Whatever chip is, its 100% better than the blowhard we put up with for 14 years

  7. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 28, 2014 8:58 PM

    Big Ben > your QB

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 28, 2014 9:05 PM

    Chip wanted to bring this gunslinger from Texas named Johnny The Kid up the Oregon Trail to tame the west.

  9. pantherfan40 says: Apr 28, 2014 9:06 PM

    CHIP LOVES THE FAST QBS … poor foles

  10. rg3sus says: Apr 28, 2014 9:07 PM

    Likely trying to add that final push that gets Jerry to draft him in the first. I am a Johnny Football fan, but I view any positive comments from higher ups on an actual team (sorry kiper) to be a trap.

  11. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 28, 2014 9:13 PM

    He could replace Sanchez now.

  12. moosedoggie says: Apr 28, 2014 9:29 PM

    key word is “WHEN I was at oregon”

    The thing is NOW he’s in Philly.

  13. gomybirdsgo says: Apr 28, 2014 9:30 PM

    Foles to texas for number 1 ….. kidding …. hopefully kidding

  14. lovemyqueens says: Apr 28, 2014 9:31 PM

    Would love to see him in purple.

  15. navigator24 says: Apr 28, 2014 9:43 PM

    All this offense talk….Chip better put a better defense on the field this year.

  16. chaseutley says: Apr 28, 2014 9:49 PM

    I wonder if Chip has one eye looking ahead to signing Jake Locker as a free agent in 2015.

  17. ravenmadnky says: Apr 28, 2014 10:09 PM

    If they pick Manziel, I’m sure they would have NO problem dealing Foles during the draft for a high pick.

  18. BigAlHeBDMan says: Apr 28, 2014 10:11 PM

    He had the fastest QB in the NFL, but he released him.

  19. bruno1433 says: Apr 28, 2014 10:26 PM

    Is denver trading peyton and their 1st this year and next to get to the top 5 from 31

  20. hanklin89 says: Apr 28, 2014 10:48 PM

    He said the same thing about Geno Smith and E.J. Manuel… He passed on both… I believe he passed on Geno twice.

  21. sportsguy3434 says: Apr 28, 2014 11:13 PM

    Does anyone else think it is weird that he has two consecutive USC qbs?

  22. stunzeed5 says: Apr 28, 2014 11:20 PM

    In two years Chip Kelly will be back in the college ranks and Philly will still suffer from ETC* syndrome

    *Empty Trophy Case

  23. kelsey59 says: Apr 28, 2014 11:49 PM

    The Eagles and bad QB’s go hand in hand. This is done deal.

  24. haansel82 says: Apr 28, 2014 11:49 PM

    I love Foles but what are the chances the Eagles trade him with the #22 to pick Johnny if he slides?

  25. greenwave81 says: Apr 29, 2014 12:20 AM

    The Cowboys own the hearts of Texans except for a little slither of real estate in the SE part of the state — basically anywhere within 70 miles of Galveston Bay. That slither belongs to the Texans. And its been that way since the Texans’ inception. Now the Cowboys are making noise about snagging Manziel since Romo is 34 years old. If the Cowboys trade up and get him they would really cement their hold on the State of Texas fan base.

    Don’t be surprised if the Texans draft Manziel number 1, despite Clowney’s amazing athleticism. There are other considerations in play here. For one, the QB position is more important than the defensive end position. Two, and this is an important factor IMO, the Texans need to do something to capture more of the state fan base. The Cowboys long standing dominance on the business side of things has to infuriate the Texans owner, Bob McNair. If the Texans were to draft Manziel, it would go a long way towards bring parity among the fans in our great state between the two teams. Not to mention McNair would make a fortune off Manziel — far more than any other player he could draft. They draft Manziel and the demand for tickets goes up big time (and with that, ticket prices), as well as the demand for Texans merchandise. Hell, if they grab Manziel I could see every household in the state having a Texan jersey with the number 2 and “Manziel” imprinted upon it.

    If I’m McNair, I would be saying, “look, I have been taking the safe pick for a while now, and where has it gotten us? Its time to roll the dice because no one in the draft has as high a potential upside as Johnny Football. Yes, he could bust, but he could also become wildly successful as a NFL quarterback.”

  26. robgilman says: Apr 29, 2014 12:23 AM

    Trade Foles to Oakland for the number 5 pick

  27. tvjules says: Apr 29, 2014 7:15 AM

    He’s baiting Jerry to make a Redskins/Rams draft deal.
    And it just may work.

  28. Exiled1 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:20 AM

    The whole Johnny Football saga is exactly why I love this sport and love the draft.

    I personally think he’s a great shot in the arm for a team. Favre 2.0. Only shorter.

    If Watkins isn’t there the Browns need to draft him.

  29. pwebster919 says: Apr 29, 2014 8:02 AM

    Moving the draft back was a terrible idea.

  30. kst2074 says: Apr 29, 2014 8:09 AM

    Hey Chip, you need to worry and D Jackson, he is going to torch your terrible secondary two times this year HTTR

  31. uglydingo says: Apr 29, 2014 8:24 AM

    Johnny Manziel on Chip Kelly, “I love the coach – He’s got a good eye for talent. However, the Eagles don’t have the top pick in the Draft”.

  32. afcdomination says: Apr 29, 2014 8:24 AM

    eagles don’t need to be worrying about the QB position. some in Philly slam Andy Reid still, but he did leave you with a heck of a parting gift in Nick Foles.

  33. oldbyrd says: Apr 29, 2014 8:37 AM

    Get the WR from Oregon State. Can’t be covered by one defender. That changes the game, doesn’t it???????

  34. thelastwordyaheard says: Apr 29, 2014 8:45 AM

    man, if only the Ducks had been able to find a competent QB to run their system after Johnny bailed..

  35. hanifmiller says: Apr 29, 2014 9:59 AM

    Andy Reid was an opened book compared to this guy.

  36. baddegg says: Apr 29, 2014 10:12 AM

    “Vick is my quarterback for the entire season.”

  37. richardmswartz says: Apr 29, 2014 12:11 PM

    The Eagles are not yet a superbowl contender although they are not far off. The Eagles need to pick Best Player Available regardless of offense or defense to insure sustained success. If that means drafting Manziel at 22, even thoug I doubt he’ld be available or best player available, then do it. The real question is whether the Eagles snatch Bridgewater at 22 if he’s there.

  38. bullcharger says: Apr 29, 2014 1:31 PM

    Houston should take Manziel.

    If they don’t take him then when will they get a great QB? Take the risk!

  39. greenblood60 says: Apr 29, 2014 9:19 PM

    Johnny Football, Bridgewater,Bortels, Carr, I would any of these QBs in favor of Foles. Foles is a system QB who can only complete short to mid range passes when his receivers are wide open, and all of his deep balls look like punts, and thus, are jump balls.

    He rarely threw picks in 2013 because if there was anybody within five yards of the receiver, he’d take a sack instead of pulling the trigger, and he has no poise in the pocket. As soon as someone gets anywhere near him he freaks out !

    People said Foles has a big arm; he doesn’t.

    People said Foles was accurate; he isn’t, all the screens and dump offs inflate his completion percentage.

    People said he got rid of the ball quickly, and yet we see him holding the ball for 8 seconds and takes -11 yard sacks.

    Quarterback is still a need.

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