Report: Kelly, Browns Close To Deal

It looks like Joe Banner got his man. Chip Kelly is close to becoming the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Of course, as we’ve learned this week, nothing’s done until it’s done. But the Browns were the first team to interview Kelly, and by all accounts, had targeted him as their No. 1 choice.

If the report holds up, where does that leave the Eagles? As of yesterday afternoon, Kelly and Bill O’Brien appeared to be near the top of their list. O’Brien is headed back to Penn State. The team will now have to move on to other options. Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski are expected to travel to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday.

They also announced earlier today that they’re going to check out Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. And the Eagles have already conducted interviews with Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and Atlanta special-teams coach Keith Armstrong.

Given that Kelly’s off the market, the Eagles could take their time and conduct many more interviews next week. Perhaps with candidates like Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer or Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

For a full list of candidates that we compiled last week, click here.

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  • Kimbafuzz

    Hopefully the Eagles get the man they really want — McCoy.

  • http://twitter.com/corry_k Corry Henry

    I’m kind of relieved. I was curious about Kelly, but I’m happy someone else gets to be the guinea pig. Of course, if he makes the Browns a successful franchise, I’ll deny I ever said anything.

    • Graham

      Same… happy to see this. Didn’t want eagles getting him. Hopefully they get McCoy locked down and target a defensive genius to run the talented young group….

  • jshort

    Bull shit, this was the best time for us to be the the guinea pig. If he didn’t work out in 2yrs what did we have to lose. Banner PISSES ME OFF. Would have been exciting at TC watching the players drop.

  • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

    Good! Now go get a coach who will last more than three crappy years in the NFL. There is a reason why franchises like the Browns never seem to turn the corner. Consider this Exhibit A.

  • MAC

    It’s not a done deal. Sal palantonio just said he would be shocked if Chip kelly is not the Eagles coach next year. I trust him and his sources much more than ian rappaport. I want no part at all of Chip Kelly and will be thrilled if Cleveland gets him. I still think that he will at least interview with us and Lurie tries to make him an offer can’t refuse. PLEASE NO CHIP KELLY PLEASE TAKE HIM BANNER & CLEVELAND!!!!!!!!!! If Cleveland wants a guy then be warned!!! i didn’t want him ever!!!

    • Johngiam

      Relax MAC…chip won’t be an eagle. if he talks to us it will just be a courtesy. he is Cleveland bound 100%

  • Aaron Tomoa

    I hate Banner so much. He’s probably been talking to Kelly for weeks. No way a deal was made in 2 hours…

  • Johngiam

    Anyone ever see the Seahawks play defense? that’s a dude I want coaching my guys. Why? if anything, YOU CAN COUNT ON A GUS BRADLEY TEAM TO HIT, and be TOUGH!

    My wish list:
    Gus Bradley
    Bruce Arians
    McCoy
    jay Gruden

    In that order

  • Johngiam

    Any coach who has ever been a defensive coordinator, will VALUE THE RUN GAME and understand its importance!!! Please sign GUS!

  • Wilbert M.

    The Eagles have pulled a lot of deals out at the 11th hour. Terrell Owens was in Baltimore, Nnamdi was going elsewhere, etc. If Jeff wants Chip, he’ll be an Eagle. But, I think he’s much more of a gamble than McCoy.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    Well that sucks. Kelly was going to be the only exciting thing about next season. I’m gonna have to peak at Browns games to see him in action. I’m not a big fan of any of the other choices personally. Maybe McCoy. I guess I’ll keep reading to see how it all plays out.

    • morgan c

      Definitely think McCoy is better choice than Kelly. Gimmick offense and no defense = no thanks from this fan.

  • Johnny Domino

    The “I never really liked that guy” talk was out faster than a junior high breakup. Have a good cry and move ahead.

  • Need Coach Package

    When the top two picks are off the board… they may want to figure out what guy can bring the best package of OC, DC & STC to the dance…. I bet Andy Reid is going to have a strong group

  • xlGmanlx

    The iggs have pulled off something similar in the past, until he inks I wouldn’t rule him out. I wouldn’t be honest if I’m not interested to see how he would do coaching the iggles.

  • ryan

    this is some bull. the eagles have a great fanbase and allthe weapons for chip Kelly. the job was practically done for them. How the heck do you let him go to another team? we would have been powerhouses every year with him. I can’tbelieve this. Ef this. we lost out two years ago on getting a good defensive coordinator by taking their time and being stuckwith castillo. last year we had an opportunity to move up and select rgIII and now the eagles m out again. I am not happy.

  • xlGmanlx

    I read on ESPN that kelly informed the browns that he is going to interview with both eagles and bills and they had agreed to talk to see if they are going to move forward. THat doesn’t sound like he is locked in at all and could be in play for the iggs.

  • oclaboy

    Having watched the Pac10 (now Pac 12) for years on the west coast, I would say Kelly is going to be a great nfl coach SOMEDAY. Maybe the first time around, or maybe it’ll take more than one time (like Belichick and Carroll). In spite off all the Nike $$, Oregon is a tough sell for most recruits. He went with the spread as a strategy. I do think, culturally, he’d have a tough time coaching a finesse style in a town that wants smashmouth team.