When the Chiefs reportedly were closing in on a deal with new coach Andy Reid, they didn’t let him interview elsewhere. With the Browns reportedly closing in on a deal with Chip Kelly, a different approach is being used.
Kelly has interviewed with the Bills, following his interview with the Browns. The Bills announced the development, sort of, via a “report” on the team-owned website.
The announcement of an interview with Marrone is a bit unusual, given that college coaches typically prefer to be courted in the shadows. Unless, of course, they’re doing it to muster public support for a better deal in their current job.
Either way, it seems that college coaches are become more willing to have their names linked to NFL flirtations, even though it can impact the recruiting efforts that become finalized in early February of every year.
Kelly also is expected to interview with the Eagles. And with each minute that passes since a report emerged that Kelly is close to a deal with the Browns, we can only wonder whether that information specifically was leaked to get other teams to aggressively join the pursuit.
After all, it worked for Andy Reid. Not long after worked leaked of a 95-percent certainty that he’ll join the Cardinals, it became a 100-percent certainty that he joined the Chiefs.