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Report: Chip Kelly to continue meeting with NFL clubs

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If Oregon’s going to end up losing Chip Kelly as most expect, they’ll have to wait a while longer before their current head coach officially pulls the trigger on a future at the next level.

Earlier today reported that the Cleveland Browns were close to striking a deal with Kelly that would make him their next head coach.  Apparently they weren’t close enough as ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Kelly will continue meeting with NFL clubs after wrapping up seven hours of talks with the Browns earlier in the evening.

According to Mortensen, Kelly and his representative(s) will meet with the Buffalo Bills tonight in Arizona, and then meet with the Philadelphia Eagles at some point Saturday.  Where the latter meeting will take place is unclear.

Mortensen notes that the Browns remains are the favorites — “the two sides see no significant obstacles that would prevent a contract being completed” — and that the two sides have agreed to talk again Saturday night after he finishes with the initial conversation with the Eagles.  What he doesn’t note, however, is whether there’s any chance Kelly returns to the Ducks for the 2013 season.

The move by Kelly’s team to continue interviewing with other NFL clubs could merely be a ploy to wring every last dollar out of the Browns, who reportedly are prepared to open the vault in an effort to pry Kelly out of Eugene and on to the Cleveland sidelines.  Or, it could simply be Kelly viewing all of his NFL options and deciding which would be the best fit — or if a “return” to the Ducks is the best option in the end, looming NCAA sanctions and all.

The collegiate door apparently hasn’t been slammed shut as the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that “a source close to the situation said that [going to the Browns] was not a done deal and that Kelly could entertain other offers or even return to college.”  The paper did allow, though, that Kelly is “likely off the market” for the Eagles.

UPDATED 1/5/2013 @ 8:49 a.m. ET: A contingent from the Philadelphia Eagles will fly to Arizona to meet with Kelly Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted.

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18 Responses to “Report: Chip Kelly to continue meeting with NFL clubs”
  1. jssgriffi says: Jan 4, 2013 11:29 PM

    Good I’m glad, didn’t want him in Philly

  2. Deb says: Jan 4, 2013 11:39 PM

    Interesting that he’s meeting with the Bills in Arizona, but he’s not meeting with the Cardinals. Then again, if I were an offensive guru, I wouldn’t meet with the Cardinals … unless they’d let me build my own quarterback along the lines of the Terminator. Where else will they find one? And the Bills are an iffy proposition with a 94-year-old owner and no line of succession. That team is going to change hands and may change locations in the near future.

    If the Inquirer is right about the Eagles being out of the running, he must be angling for WOW!! money from either the Browns or the Ducks.

  3. bdnnbd says: Jan 4, 2013 11:40 PM

    You’re F’d for half a decade regardless.

  4. pspring63 says: Jan 4, 2013 11:52 PM

    All this Kelly-Fest, nut hugging, backslapping, revival type praise for a most unproven NFL coaching commodity is what truly kills me about professional sports in general and football in particular. Get the guy in, let him chose personnel, implement his systems and coach a bit before we beatify him. I don’t mind if the Browns sign him up, but it won’t kill me if they don’t.

  5. baredon says: Jan 5, 2013 12:06 AM

    And in less than 3 years, they will be looking for his “head” in Loserville…. Chip, your insane….!!

  6. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 12:11 AM

    @pspring63 …

    I don’t see universal back-slapping praise. I see a couple of pro teams that may be willing to mortgage their souls not only on an unproven NFL commodity, but on an unproven college commodity. How many Waterford trophies does this guy have? At least Saban, Jimmy Johnson, Carroll, and some of the other college guys had won championships before the pros came calling.

    What you see is nothing more than one or two desperate NFL teams who’ve latched onto Kelly as a possible Next Big Thing largely through media-driven divination. Most fans know better.

  7. duklover says: Jan 5, 2013 1:08 AM

    Come on, give the guy a break. He his a good coach. This media hype is way over the top. Let’s wait until he says what he going to do.

  8. duklover says: Jan 5, 2013 1:11 AM

    Sorry typo, is a good coach.

  9. wahoo1995 says: Jan 5, 2013 1:27 AM

    Kelly makes me nervous. I remember when the run and shoot offense was the next ‘big thing’ in the NFL. That didn’t turn out well. If we get him great. If we don’t get him I won’t lose any sleep. The best coaches adapt the system to the players not the other way around. Whatever is the case, I just want the Browns to stop the coaching carousel.

  10. blackknights67 says: Jan 5, 2013 8:30 AM

    Deb says:
    “And the Bills are an iffy proposition with a 94-year-old owner and no line of succession. That team is going to change hands and may change locations in the near future.”

    You’re a few weeks/months behind times, Deb. Wilson turned over all aspects of running the team to Russ Brandon — Wilson is the owner in name only, Brandon calls ALL the shots, and has oversight in anything Nix wants to do. In addition to that, the Bills signed a 10-year lease on the stadium weeks before that. The lease calls for a $400M buyout during the first seven years…the Bills won’t be going anywhere for at least those seven years. Up to date on your NFL goings on you’re not!

  11. hor2012 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:23 AM

    Last night I posted a statement concerning Chip Kelly being hired by the browns”Not happening” Nick Saban is going to be coaching the Browns next year. And, you can book it. And for Bama fans who what to know why he would leave a job like Bama for a job with the Browns where coaches go to die. It’s real simple, it’ his ego. JH in San Francisco, and PC with the Seahawks took over jobs where they’d been some accomplishments in the Superbowl era. Even though the hawks lost the made it to one and the niner’s have traditon of winning them on thier side. But, the Browns have never even been to the big dance. And, the last ten years they haven’t even been close. For Nick Saban to win a superbowl in Cleveland, in his mind it would trump what the other two coaches have done. And, that’s why he’s going to take that job and probably fail at it.

  12. denverdude7 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:34 AM

    Can’t really blame the Browns for rolling the dice on Chip Kelly. But make no mistake that this is a crap shoot.

    The Browns are so low on offensive talent it will take a few years just to find the personnel to play in Kelly’s offense.

    Also, Kelly’s offense could be the next “Run & Shoot” flavor of the month which in the long run could doom the franchise to yet another reset/rebuild era.

    For the long suffering fans in Cleveland I wish you luck. My gut feeling is you’re going to need it.

  13. jeremyb91 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:45 PM

    Two teams would be perfect for Kelly: Panthers or Jaguars

    Why? Cam Newton would run Kelly’s system to perfection and would give NFL defenses the fits. As for the Jaguars, if they pick up Tim Tebow and hire Kelly then this would another great pairing for a QB to run Kelly’s system as Tebow showed in Denver running an atypical offense he could be successful.

  14. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 3:55 PM

    @blackknights67 …

    Thanks for the info, hon, but you exaggerate too much. I took off from December 19th until yesterday. And by “off,” I mean no computer, news, blogs, Facebook, twitter, or anything else that smelled like JOB. The Bills agreed to their stadium deal on December 21st. And Wilson relinquished the reins to Russ Brandon on New Year’s. My knowledge of pro ball is pretty thorough. I may get behind on occasion … but not by months.

    However, I’m glad you were able to catch the girl out on something. Obviously it made your day 😀

  15. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 3:56 PM

    @hor2012 …

    I don’t gamble, but would love to take a piece of that action. It’s not gambling when it’s a sure thing. Whatever Nick does, it won’t be in Cleveland.

  16. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 3:59 PM

    @duklover …

    I’m not picking on Kelly … just making the observation that desperate teams all seem to focus on the flavor of the month. If I were Kelly, I’d milk it for all I could salarywise. I’m sure he’s confident he’ll be a great success–he wouldn’t be a good coach if he weren’t. Only time will tell.

  17. blackknights67 says: Jan 5, 2013 6:29 PM


    Yeah, perhaps I was a little overzealous…my apologies if I sounded improperly harsh. I don’t spend a lot of time in the comments sections, but it had to do with the Bills and all the coaching news, so I read through them. Born and raised in Western New York, been a Bills’ fan since 1960 through good and bad, so not much about the Bills gets by me…other teams not quite the same. Thanks for coming back at me.

  18. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 9:23 PM

    @blackknights67 …

    No problem! I’m a Southern girl, but have been in love with the Steelers for 35 years, so I know how you feel. I comment on both blogs quite a lot and can be pretty fiesty, so guys love to catch me with my foot in my mouth–and it drives me nuts to screw up LOL

    Glad to hear about the stadium lease. Have a soft spot for the Bills and would hate to see them move. So sorry Chan didn’t work out for you guys. He’s really a great OC, and it seemed for a minute that he had the Bills on track. Would love to see Buffalo return to ’90s form and retake that division.

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