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Eagles Kelly Interested In Johnny Manziel?


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The 2014 NFL Draft is 4 months away but there is a lot of speculation swirling around Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and where he might end up. With his speed and agility he could make a huge impact to any team he plays for. The general consensus is that he could go anywhere in the top 5. It seemed obvious the Houston Texans, who are in desperate need of a quarterback would use their number one pick and take Manziel. But last week  Yahoo.com reported that Texan’s owner Bob McNair is open to trading,

Maybe we’ll trade down and still get a quarterback that can do the job and get an outstanding defensive player, It’s an exciting time. Everything’s a moving target. Lot of different pieces.

Now it may be a stretch for the Eagles to trade Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley and their 22nd overall draft pick for the Texan’s number one pick. Suppose Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly uses that pick and chooses Johnny Manziel. Shortly after the Eagles season ending loss against the Saints Kelly was asked about Foles’ starting status for next year. He answered yes, of course. But it’s widely known that Kelly uses competition to get the best out of his players. He explains his theory,

There’s always competition, and I think you can ask Nick that, too. I don’t think Nick is going to think that I can go out and throw 12 interceptions in a row, which he’ll never do, but that I’m your guy. I think everybody kind of feeds off of that, and they understand that. And then if you also have a guy that’s not competing to be the starter with Nick, then what if Nick gets hurt and then all of a sudden the other guy goes, ‘Oh, my God, I’m not ready to play because I thought Nick was going to be the guy.’ It’s a cliché, but you are a chin strap away from playing in this league and when your opportunity comes, you have to take advantage of that. One of the things we do here is we compete and we have a bunch of guys that compete. Obviously you’ve got to have one guy. Right now, Nick is that one guy, but I don’t think Nick has ever been afraid of competition. He showed me that the first time we had that. We’re always going to try to continue to upgrade at every position, and I think all of our players know that, and I think the guys that are true competitors really embrace that.

So is it really that big of a stretch to think Kelly picks up Manziel in the draft? Manziel fits perfectly into Kelly’s original offensive scheme. But so did Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. But that did not work out and Kelly had to shift his offensive play with Foles. That did work out very well for him. With Manziel Kelly could have what he wanted from the beginning; a mobile agile, quarterback with a great ability to read defenses.

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  • Jayson Kaplan

    It seemed obvious the Texans would use their #1 pick on a guy that’s not the #1 (or #2 or 3) rated QB prospect in the draft? Obvious to who? You’re the first person I’ve read that suggested the Texans would take Manziel. Any other “expert” that has the Texans taking a QB all have them taking Bridgewater. One of several faulty premises in your article.

  • eagle fan

    Foles belongs in the secondary qb position just because he there 7 td in one game does not mean he is the best man for job, I think mike Vick should regain starting qb position back. Mike Vick is an all time pro, pro bowl material he been to the championship games he is smarter than foles faster in running and more experienced than foles. Next season with foles there will be a lot of turn overs and bad plays because of files. Chip Kelly needs to play his cards right.

  • Bill

    What are you smoking? What championship games has Vick been too? It’s a well known fact that Vick can’t read defenses; that’s been the knock against him his whole career.

  • Todd Duvall

    Hi Jayson,

    Thanks for the feedback. I, in now way consider myself an expert. My article is based on speculation from my observations. It seemed obvious to me that the Texans would want the best option for quarterback they could get. Maybe obvious was a strong word but this article was from my conjecturing mind. Manziel is from Texas, he would be a big draw for the home team. Any team for that matter.

    Plus, I do not always agree with “expert conventional wisdom” as a lot of times it is incorrect.

    In any case, I appreciate your feedback. Manziel is a hot topic right now and it is fun to speculate about him.

  • Rb Schmidt

    Nick Foles is better than Mike Vick.

    This trade scenario might work in Madden..Maybe.

    Eagles needs: S, OLB, DT, CB, WR (Physical, possession)

    Notice, no QB listed.

  • Jim Mason

    I would like to point out, “eagle fan”, that many web sites on the net are beginning to crack down on trolls in their comments.

    Your days are numbered, enjoy them while you can.

  • Todd

    Hi Jayson,

    Thanks for the feedback. I, in now way consider myself an expert. My
    article is based on speculation from my observations. It seemed obvious
    to me that the Texans would want the best option for quarterback they
    could get. Maybe obvious was a strong word but this article was from my
    conjecturing mind. Manziel is from Texas, he would be a big draw for the
    home team. Any team for that matter.

    Plus, I do not always agree with “expert conventional wisdom” as a lot of times it is incorrect.

    In any case, I appreciate your feedback. Manziel is a hot topic right now and it is fun to speculate about him.