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Report: Chip Kelly close to leaving Ducks for Browns

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Chip Kelly’s offense isn’t the only thing that churns at a high rate of speed.

Less than 24 hours after Oregon capped its 2012 season with a Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that the Ducks’ head coach is on the verge of a deal with the Cleveland Browns. ┬áIt had previously been reported that Kelly would interview with the Browns today, followed by interviews with the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles if the Browns could not seal the deal.

Based on Rapoport’s report, the deal is almost sealed, although that was also the case with Kelly and an NFL club this time last year.

If Kelly does indeed leave Eugene, it’s expected offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich will be promoted to succeed the fourth-year head coach.

Obviously, we’ll have more on this story as it develops…

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9 Responses to “Report: Chip Kelly close to leaving Ducks for Browns”
  1. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 4, 2013 6:51 PM

    If Chip goes to Cleveland. The first thing you’ll here in 3 years after he is fired is “They are who, we thought they were.” Terrible.

  2. cranespy says: Jan 4, 2013 7:21 PM

    Coach Kelly’s career path has paralleled the Duck offense…a meteoric rise from obscurity to dizzying heights! New Hampshire to Oregon to Cleveland…..in three years he will be looking for a job back in the friendly confines of the NCAA…..where unlike the NFL there are 25 fresh draft picks er’ recruits every year….HUGE MISTAKE!

  3. Deb says: Jan 4, 2013 7:57 PM

    Oh, JT, I’m so sorry. I know you were just salivating for Saban ;)

    But think what fun we’ll have in the AFCN!! Chip Kelly and his aerial exhibit coming to a division that will truly appreciate a show that’s all offense and no defense. LOL My Steelers may have blown their season, but they still managed to finish with the #1 defense overall–and the #1 defense against the pass :) Ravens, Bengals, Steelers … and Chip Kelly’s offense.

    Awwww … this is gonna be good.

    Say … since they’re not going to be running so much, do you think the Brownies will trade us Trent? You guys can have Wallace. He gets bored and drops a lot unless the ball comes to him on every play.
    :D

  4. webdupree says: Jan 4, 2013 8:04 PM

    So he’ll be in Cleveland for the next three years? No, no, that timing isn’t going to work at all. USC needs to replace Kiffin much, much sooner than that.

  5. John Taylor says: Jan 4, 2013 8:05 PM

    Ahem, Ms. Deb, the Ducks ran the ball 64.2 percent of the time this year. Alabama ran the ball 63.6 percent of the time. Now, who has the aerial circus? ;-)

    Trent will be Taylor-made for Chip’s offense. Personally, scared like hell of the hire if it happens, though.

  6. Deb says: Jan 4, 2013 8:14 PM

    ROFL … just couldn’t resist that, John. :) I am surprised at their running stat, though.

    Looks like your new owner is planning to shake things up a bit. You know I’d like to see Cleveland rebound–just not too far ;) I’d also like to see Trent with a coach who knows how to use him. Tough division, though. Two of the best GMs in the league, the best DC in the league, three excellent defenses, and three strong QBs. Not the place I’d want to make my NFL debut.

  7. 1chilla says: Jan 4, 2013 9:34 PM

    Chip kelly doing same thing pete carroll did heat about to come down on oregon like it did with usc so he getn outta there

  8. mogogo1 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:13 AM

    A high risk, high reward hire. I like him…but he not only has zero NFL experience, he doesn’t even have all that much experience period.

    Yes, Belichick and Shanahan use bits of Kelly’s offense. But those are two future Hall of Fame NFL coaches adapting things to the pro game they know like the back of their hand. That’s not exactly the same thing as the college coach with zero pro experience figuring out what will work on the fly with a roster that isn’t going to be immediately suited to it.

  9. houndofthebaskervols says: Jan 5, 2013 1:39 AM

    Kelly is not going to Cleveland. Write that down.

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