Well, it is back the the waiting game for the Cleveland Browns and Chip Kelly. The Browns who were to meet with Kelly over dinner last night were stood up by Kelly who was locked in a meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles for 9 hours. The Browns should have had their lawyers there on Friday when they met with Kelly and they should have had him sign on the dotted line if indeed Jimmy Haslam III and Joe Banner really had Kelly that close to coming to the Browns.
Doug Marrone the other coach the Cleveland Browns interviewed, has agreed to leave Syracuse and he signed to become a coach for the Buffalo Bills. That may be good news for the Browns. Marrone had some NFL experience but he was never very high on the Browns list. Now we see what kind of deal makers Jimmy Haslam III and Joe Banner are. They are caught up in a bidding war with Kelly and they may lose him the the Eagles. You have to wonder if the Eagles are just trying to get Kelly or if they are doing this deal to get back at Joe Banner who spent 19 years with the Eagles organization.
After two days of meetings it still is not clear whether Kelly is leaning more toward the Eagles, Cleveland Browns or a return to Oregon. One thing is for sure, Kelly who wanted to make this process short is certainly being held in these meetings for a long time. Each time he meets with a team, the reports that surface say he is close to a deal. It may be now up to Kelly to pick one and make a decision.
Why the Cleveland Browns don’t pursue a guy like Bruce Arians from the Colts is anyone’s guess. The guy did a great job this season taking over the head coaching job and he has a ton of NFL experience. There is no reason to think a guy without head coaching experience can’t make it in the NFL. After all once upon a time there was a guy by the name of Paul Brown who came from the College ranks and did very well as a NFL head coach.
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