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Report: Chip Kelly, Browns to meet Friday

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And the plot thickens.

Even before the 2012 version of Black Monday saw seven NFL head coaches whacked, Oregon’s Chip Kelly had been connected to a potential move up the football ladder.  This week, Kelly’s name has been attached to a handful of openings, particularly as it relates to coaching vacancies with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly has continually brushed aside speculation regarding his coaching future, saying today that “I don’t expect anything” when it comes to fielding offers from NFL clubs before adding, “I do not know what the future holds.”

Based, on one report, that future includes feeling out at least one potential offer in very short order.

According to a report credited to “ESPN.com news services,” Kelly is scheduled to interview with the Browns Friday in Arizona.  The Eagles are expected to interview Kelly as well, although it appears Cleveland will get the first “shot” at prying Kelly away from the collegiate ranks.

Kelly is in Scottsdale putting the final touches on preparations for the Ducks’ Fiesta Bowl game against Kansas State.

New Browns owner and president Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner, respectively, are also in Arizona interviewing at least one other potential candidate, although Jason La Canfora of CBSSports previously reported that Banner’s presence is “primarily to make a pitch for Chip Kelly.”

One report has already pegged Kelly as the top choice of the Browns.  That’s believed to be the case when it comes to the Eagles as well.  Kelly has also been connected to the Carolina Panthers.

If both the Browns and Eagles swing and miss on Kelly — as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did a year ago — each reportedly will turn their attention in part to Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Syracuse’s Doug Marrone.  It had previously been reported that O’Brien is strongly considering at least listening to NFL teams interested in him.

UPDATED 6:34 p.m. ET: In addition to the Browns and Eagles, USA Today is reporting that Kelly will also interview with the Buffalo Bills.

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12 Responses to “Report: Chip Kelly, Browns to meet Friday”
  1. CBFAN says: Jan 2, 2013 4:58 PM

    College coach to NFL is not always successfull. Browns need a proven leader in the NFL. Get out the checkbook and get somebody good. Chip Kelly is not the answer.

  2. kozbee says: Jan 2, 2013 5:02 PM

    I think Kelly is making a big mistake,maybe the Ducks should throw some money his way and try to keep him.Its not going to be easy putting a pro team on a winning edge when imo were never that good anyway.Bama fans must be happy that Saban stayed,guess its just a thing in the Pac 12.

  3. mdac1012 says: Jan 2, 2013 6:19 PM

    Can the Browns really be considered a move UP the football ladder?

    If Kelly goes to the pros, I think it will be interesting to see how an NFL locker room reacts to him considering he has never played or coached on the pro level. Before coaching at Oregon he was a FCS OC at New Hampshire. I know guys have done it in the past, but it’s a different era now than when Jimmy Johnson did it in the late 80’s.

    That college shtick doesn’t work in the pros. Even Bobby Petrino, who was a coach with the Jaguars, couldn’t make that transition back to the pros after coaching in college. Saban had a national championship when he took over the Dolphins, but the “I’m the boss and that’s the way it is” approach doesn’t translate in the NFL anymore, unless your Bill Belichick and you have a fist full of Super Bowl Rings.

  4. addict2sport says: Jan 2, 2013 6:19 PM

    Possible sanctions are the biggest reasons, if not only reasons, Chip will skip out on Oregon.

  5. normtide says: Jan 2, 2013 6:43 PM

    So many was sure that Saban was going, but mdac if right, his style just doesn’t play in the nfl. I always thought Les Miles has an NFL style. I think Kelly goes, sanctions are coming and you need an NFL defense to stay strong when you run that offense.

  6. halbert53 says: Jan 2, 2013 7:12 PM

    Wish Les would leave

  7. hardballtalkusername says: Jan 2, 2013 9:31 PM

    kozbee says: “Bama fans must be happy that Saban stayed,guess its just a thing in the Pac 12.”

    Right, because Saban never left an SEC team for the NFL. Neither did Spurrier. Definitely just a Pac 12 thing.

  8. 06mustang says: Jan 2, 2013 11:18 PM

    Please, no. If Chippy coaches my Bills, I’m converting to the Giants.

  9. beanocook says: Jan 3, 2013 4:18 AM

    Tampa couldn’t afford Kelly last year. No way the Bills have the cash to outspend Oregon, let along two other NFL Franchises.

    College coaches are dominating the NFL. Good move to bypass boring NFL retreads…..coaching an NFL team is cake compared to being the ruler of a major college football program. It’s merely coaching at NFL level. In college it requires you be CEO, GM, politician, fund raiser, father figure and then coach.

  10. rsmeans says: Jan 3, 2013 7:45 AM

    Oregon and the Little PAC12 is not a place to win a NC. Kelly however is one of the best coaches in college football. He should go pro.

  11. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2013 9:11 AM

    Pulling a Pete Carroll. Gets really good teams by cheating, then leaves where nothing can be done to him; but the school gets punished. I wonder if Nike can buy Oregon’s way out of their upcoming sanctions. Oregon does have hot cheerleaders though, but they’re from out of state.

  12. florida727 says: Jan 3, 2013 10:17 AM

    Might as well lump O’Brien into the leave-before-the-sh!t-hits-the-fan crowd. He got the sympathy vote at Penn State this year because of the ‘situation’ he was put in. But in reality, the defections of a few players didn’t really negatively impact his team or their won/lost record (maybe with the exception of Redd going to USC). With the sanctions REALLY starting to kick in next year, and a decent record to boast from this year, he’s in the perfect spot to bolt before he has to really coach under the constraints of those sanctions. He’s playing his cards perfectly. He’ll parlay his one year stint into a better gig. I say good for him.

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