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Report: Chip Kelly close to deal to coach Browns

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The Cleveland Browns are closing in on getting their man.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly is close to a deal to become the Browns’ next head coach, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting.

Kelly has been the most talked-about coaching candidate in the NFL and was believed to have interviews lined up today with the Eagles and Bills as well as the Browns. He was widely regarded to be the top choice of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, and Haslam was reportedly willing to spend whatever it would take to acquire Kelly.

We’ve seen in recent days that the deals that are close don’t always get done, and Kelly hasn’t been hired yet. But it appears that the Browns are the leading suitors for a hot coaching candidate whose unconventional approach has worked wonders in college and is now ready to try his system in the NFL.

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  1. blackngold4life says: Jan 4, 2013 6:10 PM

    LOL why?? Poor Guy

  2. burgundyandgold says: Jan 4, 2013 6:10 PM

    imagine if the browns could have gotten rg3 with this guy as coach.

  3. berniesboys says: Jan 4, 2013 6:11 PM

    Super Bowl!

  4. countduku says: Jan 4, 2013 6:11 PM

    Nice job browns ! Now trade up to get RGIII, or take Russell Wilson in the 2nd round…….oh wait….nevermind…. Who is Weeden going to back up?

  5. wrathofgodzilla says: Jan 4, 2013 6:12 PM

    Good luck, Chip. You’re sure as heck going to need it in Cleveland.

  6. vicnocal says: Jan 4, 2013 6:12 PM

    Id like to see Jeff Tedford return to Oregon and coach the Ducks.

  7. fissels says: Jan 4, 2013 6:13 PM

    Who is gonna be his QB? I cant see either of the guys there running his offense

  8. wwwmattcom says: Jan 4, 2013 6:13 PM

    Chip has a lot of work to do to get the Browns looking like the ducks. Congrats Browns fans though. Wow I would be stoked.

  9. kkrebs40 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:15 PM

    Are you 95% sure?

  10. coltzfan166 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:15 PM

    Why would anyone want this job??? I would so much rather coach Oregon than the Browns.

  11. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 4, 2013 6:16 PM

    Chip Kelly is the coaching equivalent of that guy Tim Tebow of that other football team in NY !

  12. throwmetheidol says: Jan 4, 2013 6:17 PM

    LOL!! This has epic failure wrote all over it. As a Bengals fan I am gonna enjoy having the browns to stay below us for years to come.

  13. electionconfidential says: Jan 4, 2013 6:17 PM

    I think this guy is the one who can bring out the best in Colt McCoy.

  14. adambballn says: Jan 4, 2013 6:17 PM

    Chip Kelly to take the browns to the Super Bowl… not the football game, he ate a little too much taco bell.

  15. trbowman says: Jan 4, 2013 6:17 PM

    Thad Lewis can play for Kelly.

  16. phillyphever says: Jan 4, 2013 6:18 PM

    Thank you Banner for preventing Lurie from making a huge mistake. Kelly’s not gonna make it past 3 years, bank on it.

  17. bobulated says: Jan 4, 2013 6:18 PM

    Josh Cribbs might be rejuvenated as an offensive player in that system.

  18. egomaniac247 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:18 PM

    This has “fail” written all over it.

    If you’re the Browns and have been so bad for so long, don’t you want to go out and lure in a guy with a proven track record? Instead, they’re going out and trying an experiment with a guy who’s never coached at any position in the NFL?

    It’s almost too easy to predict that they’re looking for a new coach again 2 years from now.

  19. greenejoemean says: Jan 4, 2013 6:19 PM

    Don’t chase the money,Kelly!! The Browns will ruin your rep as a good coach.

  20. ttommytom says: Jan 4, 2013 6:19 PM

    I’d take the Browns given those 3 choices. If Philly and Buffalo were in last years Super Bowl, I’d still choose the Browns…

  21. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 4, 2013 6:20 PM

    Time for the Browns to do what they do best: hit the reset button.

  22. randallflagg52 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:21 PM

    Now they just need to find a QB of the future, since Weeden is getting up there in age.

  23. jimrose62012 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:21 PM

    I love any coaching hire that makes the team watchable. The Browns and Chiefs have been unwatchable for the last few years…win or lose, Reid and Kelly would change that.

  24. kazkal says: Jan 4, 2013 6:22 PM

    As a Oregon Native and Ducks fan I want to see him do well…As a Bengals fan >.> won’t even go there.

  25. tombstone7 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:22 PM

    Coach Kelly will use what talent is left of the Browns and put his “playmakers’ in position to make plays. BUT, the players will have to buy in!

  26. southridge23 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:24 PM

    Slow unproven qb, a rb who may look promising but I think is fair to say “slow” for a spread-option attack..josh cribbs was the closest thing to a wr but he’s bailing…have fun chipster!

  27. coop16 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:25 PM

    A college coach who has never spent a day in the NFL? Yeah, that’s exactly what we need.

  28. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 4, 2013 6:25 PM

    Don’t want to play them in the first three games, but then they will be like the ravens …beatable.

  29. richheddleson says: Jan 4, 2013 6:25 PM

    Weedon has already said he can’t play in Kelly’s system. So now the Browns are without a QB again, just like they have been in their 14 year existence.

  30. banvard316 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:26 PM

    No, we haven’t seen in recent days deals that are close don’t always get done because Reid was never close to becoming the Cardinals head coach. All that nonsense was reported before Reid even had an interview set up with AZ. The only true deal that was close was Reid to KC and that happened.

  31. thetooloftools says: Jan 4, 2013 6:27 PM

    Thank God we have a new owner. In Jimmy I trust. It’s time to start bringing respect back to our town. It’s time to start crackin’ heads.

  32. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 4, 2013 6:28 PM

    This guys not too smart. Cant build much with nothing. Hope hes ready to become the next failing college coach of the NFL.

  33. pillaging4fun says: Jan 4, 2013 6:28 PM

    I wonder if this is a bargaining chip? As in getting more money. If is, smart move.

  34. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 4, 2013 6:28 PM

    He looks like he should be coaching third base in a softball beer league !

  35. seahawks4alltime says: Jan 4, 2013 6:28 PM

    countduku hit the nail on the head.

    Weeden isn’t exactly the kind of guy who fits the success that Kelly has had. My guess is that the Browns will be shopping for a mobile QB and a running back that can block.

  36. brownsclown says: Jan 4, 2013 6:32 PM

    A photo is worth a thousand words! This one says ‘Lombardi, don’t you dare spill a drop of my coffee!’

  37. uschawk says: Jan 4, 2013 6:32 PM

    Thus the Weeden era is brought to a quick end just like the McCoy era and every other QB that the Browns have had in recent memory.

  38. geezohman says: Jan 4, 2013 6:34 PM

    Definitely a start over situation. Taking a really big chance on his offense with no real QB to do his bidding. BUT GLAD HOLMGREN is gone. Remember when he showed up. Hurry up and brought in Jake Delhomme for millions, then quickly drafted Colt then brought in Seneca Wallace. I remember when the Steelers played the Browns that first year, a play they scored a TD on Holmgren with Seattle in the Super Bowl, they ran that play in Cleveland, and scored a TD. The media didn’t say a word about it !

    Trouble with Media in Cleveland, its all …yes sir, yes sir

  39. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 4, 2013 6:34 PM

    Hopefully with the new ownership there will finally be some stability with the Browns. This will be the seventh head coach they have had since returning to the league. That is the same amount as the other three teams in the division have had during that time combined.

  40. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 4, 2013 6:35 PM

    I just want to make sure I got this straight ! The CHIEFS GM interviewed one Andy Reid for the job,the Andy got the job, then Andy Reid had him fired ?

  41. wojowbk says: Jan 4, 2013 6:36 PM

    Everybody has the qualifications to take the Browns to the Super Bowl, all you gotta do is eat some Taco Bell.

  42. brownsfrown says: Jan 4, 2013 6:40 PM

    Wow. Sad. Another dart at the board, and yet another miss. The Factory of Sadness is now operating on a 24 hour per day shift to maximize Browns fans’ misery.

    He even LOOKS as passive and disinterested as his half-brother Mangini.

    Back in my cave for another three years when I will emerge after his firing to see if the sun will come out then.

    Fail, Haslam! Really, really bad start to your billion dollar project.

  43. FinFan68 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:41 PM

    What makes this guy a good choice as HC vs. OC? There really isn’t a chance to recruit in the NFL and I haven’t seen a whole lot of leadership displayed by Kelly.

  44. pinion8ted says: Jan 4, 2013 6:42 PM

    Meanwhile, back at Phoenix Airport, Bill Bidwell is checking his watch ……

  45. johnschatzan says: Jan 4, 2013 6:42 PM

    So he picked the worst of of four teams to coach?

  46. profootballwalk says: Jan 4, 2013 6:42 PM

    At Oregon, he could ‘draft’ four or five ‘first round picks’ each year for his particular system. It’s called high school recruiting. In the NFL? Not so much. He has an entire team of offensive players who were picked because they don’t suit his system. Where are his playmakers going to come from?

  47. turbo2728 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:42 PM

    Will he have another change of heart though?

    Good luck to him if he takes the job. He will need it.

  48. u4iadman says: Jan 4, 2013 6:44 PM

    I think he’s a very dynamic college coach, and should have a chance in the NFL to see what he can do. But his style and scheme do not fit the current Browns roster, so I am perplexed by his decision. I would have expected him to try to land in Carolina with the very mobile Cam.

    Anyone else think this is perhaps a bad move?

  49. birthritual says: Jan 4, 2013 6:45 PM

    Can’t lose for Chip Kelly. I live in Oregon and like watching the Ducks and all, but his scheme seems to be the ultimate college scheme. Oregon is fast, everyone in the NFL is fast. But he’ll go to the NFL for a few years, not succeed, then go back to whatever college he wants when it doesn’t work out.

  50. sjs5y7 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:45 PM

    I wish him the best. Thought he would be a fantastic fit in Buffalo.

  51. richiesaurus310 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:46 PM

    Is trent richardson even going to fit this system? And lmao brandon weeden is gone I guess. Poorest run organization in the NFL. But they got there guy, I applaud them for that. At least 2 years of rebuilding now on just the offensive side.

  52. beanocook says: Jan 4, 2013 6:46 PM

    Can’t do worse than Belichick did in Cleveland. Oh, and Kelly didn’t have a change of heart on Tampa. The Bucs didn’t have enough money to get Kellly.

  53. beanocook says: Jan 4, 2013 6:48 PM

    College coaches have higher rate of success in NFL than NFL coaches do. FACT

  54. donmcg2012 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:50 PM

    Well, as usual the offseason is more interesting than the regular season, and that’s a damn shame.

  55. ravanator says: Jan 4, 2013 6:50 PM

    I am so ticked off right now, now my beloved Ravens will be swept by the browns next season.

  56. bricktop02 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:51 PM

    Hey Cleveland better learn how to do the Tebow.

  57. turbo2728 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:54 PM

    Kelly won’t use his college system in the NFL. He will adapt it to his players like he did at Oregon. Will be interesting to see what kind of system he can come up with in the pros. The Browns may be worth watching next year!

  58. mgbleedsgreen says: Jan 4, 2013 6:57 PM

    This is the second smart move by the Eagles after moving on from Reid – feign interest in Kelly so they can clear the way to get Arians…

  59. superputman says: Jan 4, 2013 6:58 PM

    After watching the game last night, looking into his strategy and learning about the ‘Zeus’ supercomputer system I was really.. kinda.. sorta.. hoping he’d end up in Buffalo. Kelly gone, Reid gone… c’mon Lovie!

  60. rg3sus says: Jan 4, 2013 7:01 PM

    New owner spends bigon top name college coach with a stock of players that don’t really fit the coaches system. I feel like I’ve seen this one before? Dan Snyder hired Steve Spurrier. Just saying!

  61. brownspower says: Jan 4, 2013 7:03 PM

    Doesn’t make sense. He’s signing on to be the coach of one of the slowest NFL teams. No way can he run a fast paced offense with this team. This is a 7 year plan in the making!

  62. ytownie says: Jan 4, 2013 7:05 PM

    I respect your right to an opinion, but the Browns have gone the traditional route since we came back and where did that get us? Jimmy Haslam is a self made billionaire. I think at this point he deserves the right to try it his own way. Its not your old Browns any more!

  63. tdk24 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:05 PM

    I’d take their money for a couple years too.

  64. bucrightoff says: Jan 4, 2013 7:07 PM

    Take it from a Bucs fan: He’s using you to get more out of Nike U. Don’t be shocked when he re-ups there for $7.5 million a season or more. Joe Banner has nothing on Phil Knight.

  65. enochmh2 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:10 PM

    I assume they can run the system kinda of how the patritos run it. Sadly the only thing brady and weeden have in common is age

  66. mrbigass says: Jan 4, 2013 7:11 PM

    I do not understand the facination with this guy. Surely there are more qualified HC’s with NFL experience.

    Just seems like a gigantic crap shoot.

  67. Brandon says: Jan 4, 2013 7:12 PM

    Of all the openings I expected and saw Philly as the best fit for chip if he did leave the ducks.

    Sure Vick and Foles are questionable as far as return and overall success but I would say IMO for sure they Philly have more of a Kelly type roster now then does Cleveland. Just my take

  68. redskins8310 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:13 PM

    Bad move. He should go after the bears or eagles job not the mistake by the lake

  69. kepickle says: Jan 4, 2013 7:14 PM

    Tedow will be the 2013 starter of the Browns lol

  70. clevelandschronic2 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:20 PM

    Wow all the cleveland haters are out and ready to voice their opinion on how great their team/city is. Heres some Facts to chew on losers– eagles sucked this year. (Browns better record in a tougher division) now the bills who were also worse than the browns,they just sucked in every aspect. And hey doesnt carolina still have rivera? So how are the browns the worst choice for kelly? We have a pretty good D. The offense actually has playmakers richardson,gordon,little,benjamin,cribbs along with our solid o-line. Yes we need a qb weedens never been the answer and never will be. So we gotta find a new QB and The west coast offense obviously wont be here next year . So explain how the bills or eagles are a better fit for kelly. I believe we( the browns) have more cap room too. So kelly will have an easier time signing players to fit his style offense. Seems to me we are the Best Fit out of all the teams who were interested.

  71. bigjim50010 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:24 PM

    Why would anyone go to Cleveland as their first stop in the NFL, especially when San Diego is available?

  72. juggsoflemonade says: Jan 4, 2013 7:26 PM

    Poor guy, those sanctions must be coming pretty quick for him to be pulling a Carroll.

  73. dfeltz says: Jan 4, 2013 7:28 PM

    I’d rather coach Cleveland than coach with the sanctions that are about to come down from the NCAA

  74. donjuan1906 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:28 PM

    As a Browns fan, we’ve tried everything – from d-coordinators, to o-coordinators, previous head coaching experience, previous college coaches!

    Hell, we’ve been at rock bottom since ’99 – nothing beats a failure, but a try!

  75. footballzilla says: Jan 4, 2013 7:30 PM

    Browns visor hat sales just went up!

  76. davethevol says: Jan 4, 2013 7:30 PM

    Kelly definitely leaving the Ducks. Getting out ahead of the NCAA decision/sanctions.

  77. pillowporkers says: Jan 4, 2013 7:31 PM

    I think the Bills would be the best fit for Chip Kelly. C.J. Spiller would be really good in his system. Throw in stevie johnson and some other guys, it would be a good fit. I just don’t see how Trent Richardson and Weeden will benefit from a system like Kelly’s.

  78. hbdbrowns33 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:32 PM

    southridge23 says:
    Jan 4, 2013 6:24 PM
    Slow unproven qb, a rb who may look promising but I think is fair to say “slow” for a spread-option attack..josh cribbs was the closest thing to a wr but he’s bailing…have fun chipster!

    You haven’t seen Josh Gordon or Travis Benjamin have you? Even Greg Little is starting to look like a solid receiver since he quit celebrating after every catch and stopped dropping passes like it was going out of style.

  79. bat42boy says: Jan 4, 2013 7:34 PM

    Maybe this is the spark this team needs. The past 14 years have been horrible with no enthusiasm coaches and very bad play calling. It surely couldn’t be any worse. A fresh start with an upgraded system. Time will only tell but l don’t think Haslam wants to miss on this coaching hire. The rest will work out with some personnel people and scouting staff who know what they’re doing. Let’s see what happens before we jump to any conclusions.

  80. rhett16 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:37 PM

    I honestly thought he would end up in Carolina. Obviously they aren’t totally happy with Rivera there, and Kelly’s system with Cam Newton? That would have been fun to watch.

    In Cleveland though, he is obviously going to have to develop a young QB to fit his system and until then he will need a stopgap kind of guy for this year. A QB with legs who doesn’t really have a job right now….Tebow or Vick, take your pick and suffer with it for a year I guess. Sorry, Browns fans.

  81. westclaims says: Jan 4, 2013 7:38 PM

    I don’t know if this was mentioned yet, but I would look at any QB’s he has faced in college ball that are coming up in this draft?

    Weeden is not the guy for his sytem.

  82. wgray981 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:38 PM

    Not going to work…as a Browns fan maybe I’m just pessimistic, but that system will NOT work in the NFL…at least not on the browns. Our offense has no talent.

  83. tednancy says: Jan 4, 2013 7:39 PM

    Big move by the Browns. To all those making snide comments – get a clue: this is a new owner, a new front office, and a brand new coach. Why shouldn’t it be different? Unless you’re an idiot you might actually expect it to be.

    So congrats to the Browns, who are getting an awesome coach and leader. This is their big moment. Let’s simply admit it rather than act like jealous girlfriends.

  84. westclaims says: Jan 4, 2013 7:40 PM

    I think he may have some insight into those qb’s available in this draft

  85. snowpea84 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:41 PM

    Too bad for the Browns. Yet another bad decision by an organization that clearly makes one after another.

  86. Deb says: Jan 4, 2013 7:45 PM

    So so perfect. For years I’ve had to listen to Oregon fans mouth off about how Kelly’s high-flying offenses could beat the SEC’s hard-knocking defenses (even though the SEC has plucked Kelly’s Ducks in every big contest). Now I can watch Kelly’s high-flying offenses go against the Steelers’ and Ravens’ defenses–not to mention the rejuvenated Bengals–twice a year. This is gonna be fun :)

  87. ickky says: Jan 4, 2013 7:46 PM

    this Idea ranks up there with Tebow to the Jets

  88. buckfigben says: Jan 4, 2013 7:50 PM

    Glad we got Chip. Not a re-tread, not a milk toast coach. Our owner went out and got an innovator, someone with aggressive ideas, something fresh.

    We’ve been hiring has beens or question marks for years. I for one am thrilled we at least got the guy we wanted.

    High risk, high reward. I’ll take it. Why not? Steelers getting old, Ravens getting old, now’s the time to take the chance.

    Go BROWNS!!!

  89. howiehandles says: Jan 4, 2013 7:50 PM

    If you read Kelly’s previous quotes, he said that he would adapt to his personnel. He’s not going to run 100% the same system he ran at Oregon.

  90. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 4, 2013 7:51 PM

    Love all the haters i bet half u haters are 45 yrs old an still living with ur mom open ur eyes the future is here Kelly will work in the NFL.

  91. bx1018 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:51 PM

    What do all the teams currently in the NFL Playoffs have in common? A coach with at least some NFL experience. I wasn’t huge fans of Shurmur or Mangini but you’re telling me Chip Kelly is going to right this ship in 2 years?

    I hope I’m eating my words, but this seems like a young Daniel Snyder type of hire. When Snyder finally put his ego aside and hired a real NFL coach, it did wonders for the Redskins.

    I realize the Browns have pretty much stunk since reentering the league, but I’ll now officially give Randy Lerner some credit. At least he made hires with NFL pedigree. At least he didn’t try to do a football job he knew he wasn’t qualified for. Now you’ve got Banner & Haslam trying to do a job they aren’t really qualified for.

    Once again, I hope I’m wrong, but I have a feeling this will keep Cleveland in the cellar for a while.

  92. zacmonte says: Jan 4, 2013 7:52 PM

    This has failure written all over it. So, you’re going to bring in Chip Kelly and his system to a team that just used two 1st round picks last year drafting players at the QB and a RB at 3rd overall no less and those two players do not even fit his system? Not to mention the fact that the 2nd round pick they spent on Josh Gordon that he will be without so he will have even more trouble bringing in guys to fit his system. He is also coming from college to the NFL, a completely different environment without the benefit of getting great recruits and bringing in a college spread system that likely will not work well in the NFL, because although we had some really good mobile QBs in Griffin and Wilson this year, they don’t come around too often playing that well. This is a terrible move, and as much as I dislike Whisenhunt (I live in Arizona so I watch a lot of Cardinals games), I actually find him to be the best man for this job with that personnel. A smart QB with pretty good deep ball accuracy, A great LT in Joe Thomas, a good center in Alex Mack, and a promising young RT in Mitchell Schwartz. Trent Richardson is a good power back which is the kind of backs Whiz likes to work with and Josh Gordon did show flashes last season and Greg Little, if he can get rid of those stone-hands, could be a very solid #2 receiver. Kelly would be a TERRIBLE hire for this team and as much as I hate to say it, this team is perfectly set up for Ken Whisenhunt and I strongly believe that his system would be able to get the most out of the players there.

  93. 8man says: Jan 4, 2013 7:59 PM

    If I were him, I’d stay at Oregon. I’m sure he can write his own ticket there. I just don’t get the allure of the NFL for guys who have awesome college gigs.

    No shame in building a college program into a perpetual powerhouse and staying.

  94. urbusted2 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:00 PM

    Doesn’t make sense. He’s signing on to be the coach of one of the slowest NFL teams. No way can he run a fast paced offense with this team. This is a 7 year plan in the making!

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. The Browns have a young and fast roster. The defense is very quick. Yours was one of the most uneducated posts on here.

  95. tommyo95 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:03 PM

    I don’t know how anyone could think that the browns have a better team than the bills … Coaching was why the bills were bad. Not the roster. The roster is loaded with talent and with a good coach you will see a very different team. If they can resign key pieces like jabirus Byrd and Levitre and mckelvin . Sorry to other teams looking for coaches but the bills would have to be the most appealing job to me. The eagles a very close second.

  96. whodeydaytonchapter says: Jan 4, 2013 8:04 PM

    Going to be interesting to see how his system fits in with the old school AFC North. Good D and a physical offense six games a year.

  97. tednancy says: Jan 4, 2013 8:04 PM

    Go to Grantland and read Chris Brown’s column about misconceptions about Kelly’s “system:”

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8631595/the-success-chip-kelly-oregon-ducks-offense-more-familiar-seems

    Long story short: Kelly doesn’t really have a conventional “system” that he is wedded to. It’s more strategic than tactical with Kelly – more about tempo and philosophy than it is about pure Xs and Os.

    It is one thing to have legitimate doubts Kelly’s chances in the NFL, quite another to be totally ignorant of what you are criticizing.

    I expect Kelly to be a tremendous success. For the first time since Eric Mangini was here, the Browns are relevant again!

  98. seachicken64 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:07 PM

    I only wish that he could/would take Uncle Phil with him. I’m all for supporting your school – Phil has taken it a bit far in my opinion. And yes, I stopped buying Phil’s gear many years ago. No point in filling the enemy’s coffers. T. Boon – there’s another one. Many schools have them – it just seems that a few go too far. If you want to own a team, just go out and buy one – at the professional level.

  99. citizenstrange says: Jan 4, 2013 8:09 PM

    If he can implement an offense that can score over six points a game he will at least sweep Roethlisberger and the Steelers.

  100. dude1988 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:11 PM

    hmm.. andy reid is taking over in kansas city and they have the first picl in the draft. all signs point to tom heckert joining him. weederns not goi f to work out in kellys offense and cleveland needs to get a qb that can run and throw the ball. tom heckert drafted weeden in cleveland and they castle and quinn arent the answer for kc. anyone see a trade in the mix for the number one overall pick? weeden and a few more picks to go from 6 to 1 and grab geno smitj.

  101. dolphins4 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:13 PM

    Well at least in Cleveland he’ll have that beautiful Mary Kay Cabot to ask him questions and write stories about him and the team.

  102. lakermetskins says: Jan 4, 2013 8:18 PM

    Trent Richardson does not = LaMicheal James or Kenyon Barner. More power, less speed and shiftyness.

    Who’s gonna play D A Thomas? Not 6’3″ Greg Little or Josh Gordon? Trade for DeSean Jackson, sign Mike Wallace. Keep in mind Cleveland must somehow become the fastest team ever for this to work.

    I guess Colt Mccoy would be best suited to play M. Mariota, right? Trade Weeden for Mark
    Sanchez? He’s moblie and would not have to read conventional defenses in this role.

    Not loving the December weather on the lake., would work better in Dome or fast turf.

    Overall, again a bad fit. I can see this going the way Spurrier did in Washington.

    Very Bad!!

  103. Deb says: Jan 4, 2013 8:19 PM

    @citizenstrange …

    Odd post for a Steelers fan.

  104. scott28078 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:22 PM

    Didn’t they already try pulling the HOT coach out of college with Butch Davis? How’d that work out?

  105. craigsconcept says: Jan 4, 2013 8:23 PM

    Haslem is all in this year, he is willing to spend money on players and coaches. To say that this is a bad move is really premature. We don’t know what kind of moves the will make in the draft and in offseason.
    Weeden may be gone but he could still run his offense in a hybrid system.

  106. banvard316 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:28 PM

    Hey pinion8ed…who is Bill Bidwell? Did you mean Bill Bidwill? Or were you trying to make a joke about the Cardinals? If you were, at least aim it at the Bidwill that runs the team and that’s Michael.

    I think if the Browns land Kelly it is a great move for them. Especially if they are able to out bid the Eagles who have a much better pedigree of winning

  107. onlypeoplewhostarveforattentionbegforlikes says: Jan 4, 2013 8:34 PM

    He’ll follow in the footsteps of Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban: go to the NFL, find out after a few years that their systems don’t work in the pros, then jet on back to college to a big time program and a big fat paycheck.

  108. skinsrock says: Jan 4, 2013 8:36 PM

    My local radio and others were thinking he should of gone to Philly, but I think Cleveland has potential… They have some talent, good O-line, good RB, some WR’s, and some talent on D-line & CB… He could be a real good fit provided he gets an experienced defensive coordinator who can take care of that side of the ball … How about Greg Williams if he were reinstated? Seriously, He was here in DC & ran the defense without any oversight from Joe Gibbs. He just might want to tone down the “killing of the head” comments.

  109. captaincanoe says: Jan 4, 2013 8:41 PM

    He’ll be the USC coach in 2014.

  110. offthelows says: Jan 4, 2013 8:43 PM

    Browns should try to trade down, draft Tavon Austin late first and Tajh Boyd – if he comes out – early 2nd. EJ Manuel also an option. Arguably if they dump both Weeden and McCoy via trade, they could emulate the Skins and draft 2 QBs – Boyd and Manuel and have a competition for the job, though former QB TV analysts would wring their hands over such a move.

  111. riseabovecancer says: Jan 4, 2013 8:49 PM

    I’m sorry but I am not buying this story for one bit…There is not even news about it reported from ESPN. And usually ESPN is the 1st to report something like this. ESPN was the 1st to announce that Andy Reid was close to a deal with Kansas City and today it was official…I mean its kinda hard to buy a story when no other sports websites besides profootballtalk and cbssports are the only 2 websites that are talking about this…I think I will actually believe this story when ESPN announces this.

  112. chad504boy says: Jan 4, 2013 8:53 PM

    Failing with the Browns worked out well for Belichek

  113. ubepunkedagain says: Jan 4, 2013 8:53 PM

    Haters are going to hate..Not sure what some of you losers are going to do when the Browns are consistently good. I’m not sure if Kelly will work out, it’s always a crapshoot but after retreads and assistants that have no business being Head Coaches, this is a fresh direction worth taking a chance on. No one in the division will be familiar with this Offense and will be too old and slow to keep up. Hope he works out but I guarantee some of you haters would be pumped if he was coaching your team or wouldn’t be ragging on it if he was going to another team. You just love to hate on Cleveland and the Browns, get it on while you can. Have a nice day. By the way, our owner is friggin loaded and we have a crap ton of cap room. Look for New Uniforms and possibly Metallic Helmets and Grassmaster turf. Talks are already in the works for a retractable roof. Get ready for the new looking Browns in more ways than one.

  114. nineroutsider says: Jan 4, 2013 8:54 PM

    The Pac-12 has put out some good college coaches the last few years so don’t sell him short because he is a college guy.

    Plus, and this will sound crazy, Cleveland isn’t as bad as most of you think. Yes, in terms of being a fan…they are the worst. But their current roster isn’t that far away from competing. It’s not like they have the Raiders roster or something.

  115. mojosmagic says: Jan 4, 2013 8:54 PM

    For Kelly to be successful the Browns will need to rebuild their entire offensive roster and learn the NFL while doing it. Generally speaking pro coaches don’t have time and a few average draft or injuries will doom him. The Browns need a new QB, several O linemen, a couple of tight ends, and wideouts. All with speed to burn. Good luck Chip, like Bill you will succeed in your second job.

  116. punkthepack says: Jan 4, 2013 8:55 PM

    What does Jim Brown think about this?

  117. td40 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:56 PM

    Two observations about all the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals fans (and whoever else) that are all screaming “FAIL!” over the possibility of Kelly coaching the Browns.

    1. If their teams were hiring a HC this year, and Kelly looked to be ‘the guy’, they’d all be singing his praises and would be convinced he’s gonna work out for their teams. Fact.

    2. It doesn’t matter who the Browns hire as coach. They’d still scream “fail.” Vince Lombardi could return from the gave, Belichick could defect from NE, Cowher could decide he wants in. They’d all be fools destined for failure according to the commenters here. Fact.

  118. bdfbrowns99 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:02 PM

    Everyone who’s not a Browns fan hates this news. Browns fans love it. How can an offense with imagination, that fits the talent on the roster be bad? The Browns have some of the best young talent in the NFL. Even Cowherd on ESPN mentioned that they should be expected to make the playoffs next year. They are closer than everyone thinks! Kelly sees that too or he wouldn’t take the job. He’s not an idiot. Idiots don’t make the meteoric rise as he has done.

  119. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 4, 2013 9:07 PM

    “close to deal” doesn’t mean done deal yet. Hopefully, it does come to fruition. Will be exciting to see if Chip can mesh his style of offense to work in the NFL. I don’t expect it to look exaclty like it did at oregon, he is a smart guy and will tinker it to work with the speed and defenses he will be up against. Still exciting for browns fans, and will bring some primetime coverage next year. If he is even half as successful in cleveland as he was at oregon, it will still equal many playoff appearances, and who knows maybe a superbowl. Look out Ratbird, Bungle, and Squeler fans, the Browns will be back atop the AFC North before you know it.

  120. thesmedman says: Jan 4, 2013 9:08 PM

    Desperation.

    Especially since you still need an experienced GM..

    But Banner probably thinks he knows what to do. After all, he deep sixed Andy Reid, right?

  121. theenutty says: Jan 4, 2013 9:08 PM

    This is either the smartest or dumbest move ever for Cleveland. In trying to establish a baseline for a competitive team, you hire a guy that has no NFL experience. Yes, Chip Kelly’s teams have been good at Oregon, but the NFL and College are night and day. Different style of play, different personnel management, different expectations. This should be interesting to see how it plays out.

  122. bills4 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:11 PM

    The things that he could have done with Spiller and the Bills. Not the smartest decision!!

  123. drbob117 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:13 PM

    I knew Lurie and Roseman would screw this up. Congrats, Jeff, with all the good coaches off the board you are now guaranteed a coach you’ll have to fire in 2 years.

  124. kane337 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:14 PM

    Why does the Browns owner want this guy so bad?

  125. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:18 PM

    he will be there for a year maybe 2 and get fired, just watch!!!

  126. rcali says: Jan 4, 2013 9:22 PM

    Haslam is a Jerra Jones wanna be. Chasing the sexy pick here.

  127. theclesteamer says: Jan 4, 2013 9:23 PM

    High risk, high reward for both sides!

  128. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:26 PM

    Browns will regret not giving Shurmur more time. They had begun to turn the corner. Take away the mandate to bench guys in Week 17 and they had been competitive and/or been winning over the second half of the season. Just get a real QB and they have the offensive weapons. The defense is solid enough with a couple of additions via free agency and a good draft.

  129. miloatl says: Jan 4, 2013 9:26 PM

    You are all missing a valuable point. When Haslam was being questioned about the next coach, he was asked what is the most important thing he is looking for- he said quickly and with conviction- “leadership”. He has been doing his due diligence on Kelley since he handed over that billion dollar check to Randy Lerner. He’s not looking for experience, he’s looking for leadership and Kelley has that. Quality leadership and motivation can succeed where experience is lacking. I’m glad to see we have an owner finally using some business sense!

  130. Deb says: Jan 4, 2013 9:32 PM

    @riseabovecancer …

    You’ll only believe the story when ESPN reports it? So … you’ve never seen ESPN get a story wrong? Haven’t been following football long, have you? ;)

  131. nflsecurity862 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:38 PM

    Remember when Harbaugh to the 49ers was going to fail?

    Remember when Carroll to the Seahawks was going to fail?

    Remember when the Browns were crucified for trading away Mark Sanchez?

    Yeah? How did that all work out again?

  132. phillyphan975 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:08 PM

    This just in…chip Kelly will be getting a signing bonus. With it he will be taking the entire team to the Super Bowl…see the browns will be st the bowl…

  133. hor2012 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:09 PM

    It’s not going to happen

  134. jackblackshairyback says: Jan 4, 2013 10:17 PM

    You people don’t know what you’re talking about. Do some quick research online, you’ll get an idea of what Chip Kelly is about. He isn’t about the spread, read option offense. He used that offense at Oregon because that offense fit the talent. If he had the personnel for a power I offense then that’s what he would run. You’ll probably see some elements of the spread offense, but he had already said there are several adjustments he would need to make for the NFL.

    Basically, he designs an offense around what talent he has. Is Weeden the right qb for him? Maybe not. But he’s the kind of coach that can maximize what strengths a qb has.

  135. steelerrc says: Jan 4, 2013 10:35 PM

    I thought Cleveland was looking stability and consistency ? You know, just like the Steelers….But, again, they go for the “flavor of the month”…..

  136. vikingshavefoursuperbowlappearancesandarethebest says: Jan 4, 2013 10:53 PM

    we have four super bowls

  137. ballboy48 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:57 PM

    It’s funny looking at these Eagles fans getting bitter. A few days ago, Kelly was going to the Eagles, and was going to be their savior. No he’s chopped liver.

    Good for Cleveland. I hope Kelly gets them back to the respectable organization that Cleveland deserves. Great fans, with a ton of tradition.

  138. jessethegreat says: Jan 4, 2013 11:16 PM

    Might be a good time for my Packers to offer their 1st round pick next year for trent Richardson? 1st thing chip should do is sign Reggie bush, he’d be perfect in that system!

  139. Deb says: Jan 4, 2013 11:26 PM

    @riseabovecancer …

    You’ll only believe the story when ESPN reports it? So … you’ve never seen ESPN get a story wrong? Haven’t been following football long, have you? ;)

  140. autumnwind999 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:09 AM

    Kelly could be a revolutionary force in the NFL or an outright disaster. I don’t see him hanging around and playing conservative, traditional ball if his bags ‘o’ tricks don’t translate we’ll to the big league.

  141. ponder7vikings says: Jan 5, 2013 12:16 AM

    Chocolate Chip Cookie

  142. vikinganswer says: Jan 5, 2013 12:50 AM

    Wow, Browns just dont get it. Dont blame Kelly, I would take it and get my 3 years in. Knowing these blowhard owners today, he might be fired in 1 year. We will laugh at Kelly which is wrong. You should laugh at the person who hired him.

  143. mountaindont says: Jan 5, 2013 12:57 AM

    From the moment I heard that Chip Kelly was interested in coaching in the NFL I knew the Browns would hire him. This will be your typical Browns coaching disaster. The Browns just have a tradition for hiring the wrong coaches

  144. fasteddy415 says: Jan 5, 2013 1:01 AM

    I smell Pete Carrol part duex…Oregon sanctions coming…just sayn…

  145. luisspielman says: Jan 5, 2013 1:04 AM

    RG3= no chip kelly browns wuld have won too many games!

  146. cpanthers1 says: Jan 5, 2013 2:18 AM

    Wow he’s going to ruin his NFL career before he can get started.

  147. riseabovecancer says: Jan 5, 2013 2:20 AM

    Well Well Well…What do we have here…Chip Kelly did interview with the Cleveland Browns but left Cleveland with out a contract offer.

    Chip Kelly told the Browns that he was going to move on and interview with the Eagles and Bills

    Also there is no report that the Browns nor Chip Kelly was close to a deal

    So all this is just a rumor.

  148. eaglelover1 says: Jan 5, 2013 5:36 AM

    I can’t see how so many people are saying Kelley’s offense won’t work in the NFL…..IT IS WORKING IN THE NFL! Redskins and Seahaxks running similar versions right now……Eagles ran a similar version in 2010….Wlecome to the future people…..

  149. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 5, 2013 6:13 AM

    Deb:
    Not all Steelers fans are blinded by love for the rockstar quarterback. Some of us are disgusted that Roethlisberger, after nine seasons in the league, continues to be well below average.
    It might be asking too much of the Steelers defense to be ranked No. 1 for a third straight season in 2013…
    However, asking Roethlisberger to start actually earn his 100 million dollars by actually putting up elite numbers (35 to 40 touchdown passes) is not out of the question.
    The Steelers’ offense scored 30 or more points just once this season. The Browns’ offense scored 30 or more points twice.
    Some of us are simply tired of the defense doing all the heavy lifting.

  150. aaronmeeker0228 says: Jan 5, 2013 8:10 AM

    Not sure why everyone keeps saying his “system.” If your baïve to think that he’ll run the identical offense at Oregon he will in the NFL, keep the hope alive. It has proven to not work as an every down offensive system.

    eaglelover1 – skins and hawks run “modified” read-option Os, not the entire system. Any QB (including Cam as he the largest man running a piece of it or Tebow for that matter) would get crushed in it with the size and speed of the NFL.

    It’s a gimmic system that has a place and parts of it will evolve to the NFL game much like the Walsh West Coast Offense, Belichick spread O and the Norv Turner downfield passing game.

  151. stew48 says: Jan 5, 2013 8:28 AM

    turbo2728 says Kelly won’t use his college system.

    Therein lies the key to his success; he will coach not what the players like, but to the skills of the players he has. My guess, if he signs, he will be there a long time and win games.

  152. ubummer says: Jan 5, 2013 8:33 AM

    Are the Browns hiring this guy to be head coach or offensive coordinator? OC=OK. HC=Fail.

  153. teal379 says: Jan 5, 2013 8:53 AM

    eaglelover1 says:
    Jan 5, 2013 5:36 AM
    I can’t see how so many people are saying Kelley’s offense won’t work in the NFL…..IT IS WORKING IN THE NFL! Redskins and Seahaxks running similar versions right now……Eagles ran a similar version in 2010….Wlecome to the future people…..

    31-18 for those 3 teams (including the Eagles getting smoked in the playoffs by the Packers)

    So that “system” should be good enough for 10 wins a year – IF you have the players to execute it.

    I’m not sure Cleveland does.

  154. jerruhjones says: Jan 5, 2013 9:17 AM

    The Browns haven’t been relevant since the 80′s. How can this be a bad thing?

  155. riseabovecancer says: Jan 5, 2013 11:01 AM

    Deb says:
    Jan 4, 2013 9:32 PM
    @riseabovecancer …

    You’ll only believe the story when ESPN reports it? So … you’ve never seen ESPN get a story wrong? Haven’t been following football long, have you?

    ———————–

    I can tell you just started.

  156. bumbleb572 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:01 PM

    why would anyone want the Browns job?? Well Coltsfan, Thr Browns had one of the toughest schedules in the NFL last year and did not get blown out and were close other than the Giants game,Ohh and by the way if Gordon doesnt lose that ball in the shadows and drop that TD they would have beaten your Colts as well. The Colts are not as good they as they look as they squeaked out numerous games, and The Browns are not as bad as their schedule as well.

  157. practicesquadprobowler says: Jan 5, 2013 1:02 PM

    @aaronmeeker0228

    The Redskins and Seahawks don’t run “modified” read-option O’s, they run zone read packages. The Redskins run a pretty big portion of Chris Ault’s offense, though. Which is different then the offense that Chip ran at Oregon. Which is different then what Carroll runs in Seattle. Just because a team runs the same play or similar play and runs counters/passes off of it doesn’t mean it’s all that the same or similar.

  158. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 2:30 PM

    @riseabovecancer …

    I’ve been around long enough to know ESPN was reporting this story right along with everyone else last night.

  159. blackngold4life says: Jan 5, 2013 9:27 PM

    Dude you not really comparing Those teams and QBs with what the Browns have?? With Weeden?? No way that system works with that team and that QB. The Ducks have track stars playing football..another reason they don’t last in the NFL on Offense or Defense. C’mon Mann

  160. denverdude7 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:46 PM

    The Browns will find a way to be the one left standing when the NFL’s current game of Duck, Duck, Goose is completed.

  161. phillyphannn83 says: Jan 6, 2013 8:43 PM

    Funny to read through these comments and see how many Browns fans were commenting as if the deal was DONE! Lol, now a day later, he has lunch with the Eagles which lasts until almost 10 p.m., standing up the Browns brass for dinner. Browns officially announce they’re out, Bills hire Marrone, so its down to Eagles or Oregon. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, browns fans(especially the guy who actually said the Browns already hired Kelly, lol).

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