Report: Banner, Browns First To Interview Kelly

Joe Banner’s new team will be first in line to interview Oregon coach Chip Kelly, according to reports.

League sources tell Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer that the Browns plan on talking to Kelly on Friday, one day after the Ducks take on Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Kelly-Browns connection has been mentioned all week. Two high-ranking NFL executives told Adam Caplan that Kelly is Cleveland’s clear-cut No. 1 choice.

The whole situation is going to get interesting. Banner obviously did not leave the Eagles last year under good terms, despite the picture painted by the organization at the time. Now we have a situation where Banner and Jeffrey Lurie – two men who likely value the same qualities in head coaches – could be vying for the same candidate.

One other Kelly note to point out. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Kelly is not seeking total control of football operations. That’s a good thing. Kelly has never coached in the NFL before. As we’ve discussed before, teams will have to decide whether they are hiring Kelly because they think his offense could work, or whether they believe he has strong leadership qualities and is a great football mind.

Whoever hires Kelly will be banking on the idea that he can figure things out at the professional level, just like he did in college.


Meanwhile, the Eagles have signed former second-round pick Everette Brown. The 6-1, 256-pound defensive end had six sacks in two seasons with the Panthers (2009-2010), starting three games and appearing in 18. He played in three games with the Chargers last year. Brown had a good college career at Florida State.

The Eagles also brought back cornerback Trevard Lindley, originally a fourth-round pick in 2010. He appeared in 11 games as a rookie.

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  • Graham

    Why would Chip Kelly ever choose the Browns over the Eagles? Beats me

    • laeagle

      There was talk about how Kelly could have more control in that environment but I’m not buying it. Supposedly the coach will report directly to the owner, but with Banner in place there, I don’t think it’s really much different than the situation here.

      Browns have a lot of young talent, and as interesting a history and fanbase as the Eagles, but I still don’t see how you could choose them over the Eagles. Of course I’m biased, but it’s a much bigger market, a proven owner (who knows how the new owner of the browns will operate? At least you know Lurie has SHOWN that he won’t interfere and can be patient), one of the youngest teams in the league, a #4 pick, etc. If he does go Browns over Eagles (if it comes to that), then oh well. Wouldn’t want him anyway (I kid, I kid).

      • theycallmerob

        I agree completely. Nor do I see Kelly going for his interview in CLE and “never leaving” (signing); he knows he’s in demand, values more than just money, and more importantly seems to value much more in life than just football (all these reports talk of his preference for East coast, etc.).

        All this talk on this site about Foles not being a fit for Kelly’s offense is ridiculous. If there’s one thing about Foles that impressed me the most, it was his ability to create space in the pocket, or “pocket mobility”. Brady has it; Big Ben has it; Flacco is an example of a “big” QB who struggles with it (IMO, living in Bmore). They are all successful.
        BUT, most of all, Kelly grasps that personnel dictate scheme. We’ll never run the RGIII or Oregon read/option, with or without Vick. But that’s not to say his philosophy won’t work, as New England and the fleet-footed Brady have shown all year with Kelly’s influence on their offense. It’s the same reason I like McCoy (OC, Denver) as a coaching candidate

      • Bob A

        Banner is actually worse. He’ll tell you that you have control, then he’ll say when it’s time to sign someone that they can only offer a low ball amount so they can stay a certain amount under the salary cap. At least Roseman tries to get the deals done that the coach wants done, and usually succeeds; he reupped Herremans, DJax and others. Kelly would actually have more REAL say here.

        • laeagle

          Definitely agree, which is why I’m not buying the rumors of Cleveland being more appealing because of supposed “control”.