Former college coach on Johnny Manziel to the CFL: “I’d love to see that”

One of Johnny Manziel’s former coaches believes he could benefit from a year in the CFL.

Current Texas Tech University head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was Texas A&M University’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2012 when Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, appeared on Pro Football Talk Live Tuesday. Host Mike Florio asked him if Manziel is serious about trying to play football again.

“I think he’s serious about it. His talent is really, really impressive. I know he didn’t take his opportunities too serious the first time around, but if he ever does, I’ve always said the skies the limit. When I was working with him he’d wake up out of bed and go light up the SEC, and that’s without much preparation without much work. If he’ll ever buy-in to the things it takes to be very successful in that league I’d love to see it,” he said.

Florio asked if Kingsbury has issues with getting Manziel to focus and prepare while in with the Aggies.

“He was so good naturally it wasn’t that big of a deal for him. There were certain weeks – you play an Alabama, Auburn some teams like that – he’d put in the time, put in the work. But the game just came really easy to him at the college level and obviously, he was an excellent player for us.”

Kingsbury, a former pro quarterback, spent time with both Montreal and Winnipeg in 2007 and Florio asked him if Manziel should try his luck in the CFL, where Hamilton has had him on the negotiation list since his days with the Aggies.

“I’d love to see that. I’m not sure his path, I don’t know what his plans are for that. To go up to Canada and prove that he can handle a year of preparation and working and doing those things, I think would be awesome. And selfishly I’d just like to see him play up there, I think it’d be a lot of fun the way he runs around and makes plays. Hopefully that works out. They can make a really good living up there playing quarterback and I’d love to see him get that opportunity.”

The full interview can be seen below: