Texas A&M Football: Could Johnny Manziel return to Aggies as a coach?

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

The Texas A&M football program has one of the best coaching staffs in the entire country. Led by Jimbo Fisher, the Aggies are consistently sending assistant coaches to other programs for full-time head coaching positions. Just look at former defensive coordinator Mike Elko, who recently took over the Duke football head coaching job.

That said, college football is an interesting thing — you can never truly bring in too many coaches to your staff. You’ll often see programs with a seemingly full staff bring in even more assistant coaches — frequently, these are former players who have an “in” with the program.

Texas A&M may have an opportunity to do that with a former superstar.

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Should the Texas A&M football team consider bringing Johnny Manziel as an assistant coach?

If you took a survey asking 100 people to say the first name that comes to their mind after hearing “Texas A&M,” most would list Johnny Manziel. The former Aggie quarterback didn’t earn the nickname “Johnny Football” for nothing.

He’s not just one of the best Texas A&M football players of all time — he’s one of the best players in the history of college football. His Heisman Trophy will attest to that.

Unfortunately, the Aggie football player’s NFL career never panned out and while he has consistently been playing football, it looks like he’s ready to let his career wind down. Here’s what he said to TMZ Sports.

"“I don’t think I’m the same player I used to be. I think I still have flashes, but I’m looking at what’s next in my life and I want sports and football to be something that is gonna be a mainstay in my life for a long time. Now, it’s figuring out where exactly that’s gonna be — whether it’s continuing to work with the FCF or something I’m really interested in as well is going back to Texas A&M and being a part of my school, or the program or whatever it is.”"

Manziel references going back to A&M in some capacity. He doesn’t necessarily note that he has to be a prominent coach with the program, but having the Aggie legend around as a recruiter would be hugely beneficial for this team.

Heck, look at Texas A&M’s original starter from last season in Haynes King, whose game showcases striking similarities to Manziel’s. Haynes King is an improvisational player — something that can be difficult to teach. Manziel’s presence would be huge in helping his career with this football team.

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Manziel goes on to compliment Ross Bjork, Texas A&M’s Athletic Director, and seemingly holds a strong interest in joining the program. But will Jimbo Fisher reach out?