It’s high drama, even for the drama-rich NFL. A pair of boyhood friends who had worked together for a generation are now working separately, and working against each other in pursuit of the same coach.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and his former top lieutenant, Joe Banner, are both coveting Oregon coach Chip Kelly. The winner gets a crack and bringing Kelly’s innovative offense to the NFL level.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns’ brain trust knows that the team must move quickly. The interview with Kelly is set for Friday. The Eagles are in line behind the Browns; the Bills reportedly are in the mix, too, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.
Per Cabot, the Browns will be prepared to make Kelly “an offer he can’t refuse.” (Wait, when did the Browns move to Youngstown?) And if Kelly is wise he’ll see if any other team is willing to offer more.
With seven openings and a few coveted candidates, it’s prudent to try to get as much as possible — especially since there is still no salary cap for coaches.