New San Francisco head coach Chip Kelly is a longtime admirer of Johnny Manziel and very much a maverick in the NFL. Much like Manziel, he has ruffled a lot of feathers in the league since he was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles from the University of Oregon. Kelly likes to do things a little bit differently and is definitely the type of coach to take a chance on Manziel.
When he was a senior at Tivy High School , Manziel originally committed to play for Kelly and the Oregon Ducks. He would have been a fearsome prospect running Kelly’s lightspeed no-huddle offense in Eugene, but Manziel eventually changed his mind in favor of staying in Texas. Kelly has said that Manziel’s decision “broke his heart.”
The 49ers’ future at quarterback is currently murky. Former future of quarterbacking Colin Kaepernick failed to live up to his potential and may be on his way out. His midseason replacement, Blaine Gabbert, showed perhaps a little more than he did as a Jacksonville Jaguar, but not enough to convince Kelly to stop looking for a future at the position.
When he was coaching the Eagles, Kelly acquired quarterback Sam Bradford from the St Louis Rams and spoke about the opportunity to acquire a former No. 1 overall talent for a late first round pick. Perhaps the Browns can tempt Kelly to once again add a former first round quarterback for a late round pick.
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