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Browns Appear To Be Done With Chip Kelly; Leave Arizona Without A Deal

The Browns are flying home from Arizona without an answer from Oregon’s Chip Kelly, according to Jason Cole of by way of Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Eagles flew from Arizona to Denver today to interview offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

It could mean that both teams have been left at the altar and that Kelly is staying at Oregon — but no one knows for sure yet.

As of this morning, Kelly was still deciding between the Browns and Eagles — or even a possible return to the Ducks, a league source said.

Browns reported GM candidate Mike Lombardi speculated a few times on NFL Network this morning that Kelly, who’s also a friend of his, could opt to return to Oregon. He said he’d likely decide by the end of the day to stay put or choose between the Browns and Eagles.



  1. Dan B

    January 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Stay in Oregon! I would much rather Ken Wisenhunt, Lovie Smith or Bruce Arians. All three proven good coaches who can bring some discipline and a good head on their shoulders. If Smith had the patience to work with Cutler, imagine what he could do with players wanting to play and work together. Arians has taken a young team and taught them how to win with the whole Pagano situation hanging over their head and Wisenhunt brought the cellar dweller Cards to the top, imagine if his GM gave hime some of the talent that we have instead of Larry Fitzgerald and nobody else. That is in no way a dig at Fitzgerald.

  2. Denolakes

    January 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    At this point, Ariens or Smith would be my top choices. But, we have to remember, this is not the Cleveland Browns of the 60s of even the 80s . . . this is the doormat of the AFC North and the killer of QBs . . . this is not a “go to” destination — for players or coaches . . . revolving door management and a total lack of vision or even a vague image of what they want this team to be. . . even still, with the new owner, no one has described what the operating philosophy and objectives of this organization are, other than to “win games” . . . well, duh . . . it is a competitive sport and 31 other teams are saying the same thing . . . difference is, some teams do it consistently . . .

  3. Dan B.

    January 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I think all the cloke and dagger comes from Banner, it was his way or the highway in Philly and that is what Haslam brought in. I am not sure if Haslam actually talked with the Rooney’s for advice but I am sure Banner would not be on their list for their franchise. It would be nice to know the Teams vision and philosophy, I am not sure Haslam knows what it is yet either, Banner has not told him. It seems like the same old Browns, no vision or philosophy, at least one that is shared with anyone outside the braintrust. Banner was not the best choice for putting out what is going on with the team. Their second bad choice was letting Heckert go, he was the one good thing about the Holmgren era. I don’t agree with all the “pundits” that we loook bad for not signing Kelly, if that is the case why don’t they say the same for Philly and Buffalo? I don’t believe Kelly truely wanted to come to the NFL, I think this was more for leverage against Oregon. There are some good choices out there, Smith, Wisenhunt, Arians and Horton to name a few. Take some time and get it right.

    • Denolakes

      January 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      I do not understand the Heckert decision, either. If it is true that this team is headed in the right direction personnel-wise, then who do they think was responsible for that . . .? I wasn’t convinced that Chip Kelly was the answer . . . and I do believe that there are several guys out there who could be a good match for this team and city . . . I am not sure why Childress is not viewed as a viable candidate, but this may be my own lack of knowledge about him and the whole Minnesota/Favre thing . . .

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