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Chip Kelly reportedly the Browns’ top choice for head coach

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A week ago, it was reported that the Philadelphia Eagles would make “a heavy push” for Oregon’s Chip Kelly.

Apparently, and not so unexpectedly, the Eagles could have some significant competition for Kelly’s coaching services.

According to SiriusXM radio’s Adam Caplan, Kelly is the No. 1 choice of the Cleveland Browns to replace Pat Shurmur as head coach.  Caplan noted that Joe Banner, the Browns’ new president, and Kelly’s agent, David Dunn, have what’s previously been a strong working relationship.

Kelly has previously been connected to the Browns by multiple media outlets, as well as to the Carolina Panthers.

As we’ve previously noted, and on multiple levels, the reports connecting Kelly to the NFL make sense; in January of this year, Kelly nearly took the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job offered to him before deciding to return to the Ducks.  In the weeks leading up to the Tampa wooing, the Miami Dolphins were also reportedly in contact with Kelly about their vacancy.

Additionally, there’s the looming potential of NCAA sanctions that could set Kelly on a Pete Carroll-esque course to the NFL.  In December, it was reported that Oregon will appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions at some point in the spring of 2013.  At that point, the Ducks, including Kelly, would be compelled to answer questions from the NCAA regarding allegations of improprieties connected to so-called street agent Willie Lyles.

Regardless of whether it’s the Browns or Eagles or Panthers, most NFL insiders and those connected to the college game would consider it a monumental upset if Kelly didn’t leave the Ducks for the professional ranks.

And, if Kelly were to leave Eugene as most expect?  The Chris Petersen-to-UO rumors will commence in earnest within a nanosecond.  While Petersen has rebuffed numerous offers from big-time programs over the past few years, the Oregon job would mark the most significant and serious challenge to the Boise State administration’s efforts to keep him with the Broncos.

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21 Responses to “Chip Kelly reportedly the Browns’ top choice for head coach”
  1. sd1024 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:37 AM

    Well hopefully for the sake of Cleveland fans they get it right next time.

  2. rsmeans says: Jan 1, 2013 12:41 AM

    Kelly would be wise to take the job. He is a very good coach probably second to Saban in the CFA but he will never win a NC at Oregon playing in the second worse BCS conference in football.

  3. sanduskyshowerboy says: Jan 1, 2013 1:28 AM

    David Shaw is a better coach than chip Kelly

  4. txnative61 says: Jan 1, 2013 1:33 AM

    Hold out for the Cardinals job Chip, so you can visit ol buddies Harbaugh and Carroll twice a year. @rsmeans—yeah, and the worst is——hmm, Big 12 if they are still around—-no? I know—BIG—no, the ones on suspension were OK, though haven’t won a Rose Bowl for awhile. Don’t tell me, I’ll get it! ACC! no Big Least—That’s tough cause so many Big Least teams bailed to the ACC they’re almost—wait–they’ve still got Florida State! So that alone must make them better. So there you have it Chip, better head East where the Media Darlings, no Beauty Queens, gosh I can’t get anything right anymore—-I mean overated, uuuuh—–Great football is played!!

  5. thraiderskin says: Jan 1, 2013 3:00 AM

    Happy New Years to all the CFT’ers. You all have been fun to debate with throughout the last year.

  6. ningenito78 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:13 AM

    Happy New Years to all the CFT’ers. You all have been fun to debate with throughout the last year.

    Agreed! Happy New Year. Txnative61 has my head spinning right now with his comment but assuming he was trying to say the PAC-12 isn’t the 2nd worst conference I agree. Chip Kelly can coach. He has all the signs of a good coach in that he has won at every level he coaches. I think his system is a little too specific in the type of QB that’s needed but he could absolutely have success with his system in today’s NFL. Unfortunately Brandon Weeden wouldnt be somebody that could run it but he would be a home run hire. And the guy that said Shaw is the better coach- I 100% agree. Shaw is going to be a gem for somebody someday when he leaves Stanford. What he did this year is nothing short of amazing.

  7. tg1896 says: Jan 1, 2013 6:38 AM

    Chris Peterson won’t go to Oregon. He couldn’t stand being out of the limelight at the end of every season while schools beg him to come be their coach.

  8. mdac1012 says: Jan 1, 2013 7:55 AM

    The question is, are you hiring Kelly to bring his offense with him and trying to install it in the NFL or are you bringing him in to be the “CEO” of the team and have him hire an experienced NFL OC like a Norv Turner.

    Despite what some have said on this forum, Kelly would have to do some serious re-vamping of his offense to get it to work in the NFL level and not get his QB killed in the process.

  9. cmart0907 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:33 AM

    Please stay at Oregon Chip the browns is a total mess. You cant recruit in the Nfl. You have to work with what you have and its pretty much nothing.

  10. eidolon21 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:50 AM

    I think Chip Kelly to Cleveland is going to happen and quickly too. Right choice hmmm…

  11. jesse1834 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:56 AM

    He better Get a QB that can run his offense. I don’t see Weeden running the Zone-Read.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    Can we at least wait until K-State shuts down his Oregon high powered offense before giving him a NFL gig?

  13. bkgutt31 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:19 AM

    Good take, but forget all that. Here is a GREAT article detailing who your next coach and GM will be. Yes, I’m talking to you Chicago, Phili, SD, Arizona, etc, etc…

    http://snip.ps/HereIsYourNextCoachAndGM

  14. fanofevilempire says: Jan 1, 2013 11:45 AM

    he will poop in his pants for taking this job.

    oh boy!

  15. richabbs says: Jan 1, 2013 1:27 PM

    mdac1012 says:

    “Despite what some have said on this forum, Kelly would have to do some serious re-vamping of his offense to get it to work in the NFL level and not get his QB killed in the process.”

    Yeah, right. The Redskins, imitating Kelly’s offense, are one of the hottest NFL teams right now, with a rookie QB leading the way. Against the Cowboys, they made Demarcus Ware, one of the best defensive players in the league, look like a rookie. And the Patriots, who have adopted Kelly’s no-huddle, hurry-up offense, ran 85 plays in their win against the Broncos, probably the best D in the NFL this year. What it looks like to me is that good NFL teams are re-vamping toward Kelly-type strategies, not the other way around.

  16. kozbee says: Jan 1, 2013 1:57 PM

    Chip has a good future at Oregon as Saban at Bam but in all anything can happen if a coach grows bored of where they coach.I think Saban has it in the back of his mind that he wants to prove he can coach in the NFL as most i think believes also.I think Saban has the better chance to build the Browns then Chip has.

  17. mdac1012 says: Jan 1, 2013 2:08 PM

    richabbs: Where is QB that is going to run Kelly’s offense in this draft? Where is the QB that he can acquire who can run that offense? Vince Young? Michael Vick? Denard Robinsion!?

    As far as RGIII goes, they are not running Chip Kelly’s offense. They have included some zone read & option plays into Shanahan’s offense that has always used zone blocking, power running and moving the QB out of the pocket to throw. Get back to me in 3-4 years and see how much running RGIII does. He was already injured this year, and those injuries only mount up as you get older.

    Besides the zone read game that Kelly runs, he also runs a zero protection scheme with his blocking, which is fine in college when you have receivers who are fast and can get open quick. In the NFL we have seen teams try that zero protection scheme before. Remember Steve Spurrier with Skins? How did that work for his QBs? Ask Jay Cutler what he thought of Mike Martz zero protection schemes in Chicago.

  18. theotherpatrick says: Jan 1, 2013 3:40 PM

    Begs the question, if Chip Kelly wanted to go to the NFL, why the hell would he, or anyone for that matter, want to coach in Cleveland?
    Nevermind, that would be a great place hide from the NCAA violations, no one would ever think to look there for anyone. My apologies to the Browns fans, your suffering is long from over.

  19. theotherpatrick says: Jan 1, 2013 3:41 PM

    Begs the question, if Chip Kelly wanted to go to the NFL, why would he, or anyone for that matter, want to coach in Cleveland?
    Nevermind, that would be a great place hide from the punishments for NCAA violations, no one would ever think to look there for anyone. My apologies to the Browns fans, your suffering is long from over.

  20. theotherpatrick says: Jan 1, 2013 3:42 PM

    What the?! How did that double post?!

  21. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 1, 2013 4:26 PM

    to RS who said the Ducks would never win a national championship…wow, they lost by 3 points on a last second field goal in their previous trip there..not exactly blown away, were they? they have 4 straight BSC bowl games, and the past 2 yrs have been within 1 field goal in each loss that would have put them back there again…in spite of the so called worst conference in the nation. they are not embarrassing themselves with anyone, and now that they have recruited a kicker, with a little luck ( which it always takes no matter how good you are )they definitely have the tools to get there…and to win it.

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