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It won't be Kelly

January 6, 2013 - Mike McLain
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported this morning that Chip Kelly won't be the next Browns coach.

Apparently seven hours in a room with Browns CEO Joe Banner and owner Jimmy Haslam didn't persuade Kelly to move to Cleveland. Mortensen reported that the Oregon coach will decide, lilely today, between the Eagles and returning to Oregon.

It's back to square one for the Browns, who targeted Kelly from the moment Pat Shurmur was fired. Possible candidates include Love Smith, who was fired by the Bears after a 10-6 season, Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired by the Arizona Cardinals, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

Smith and Whisenhunt both led teams to the Super Bowl, with both coming out on the losing end. Smith had no offensive line to protect quarterback Jay Cutler, and Whisenhunt had no quarterback after Kurt Warner retired.

If Kelly does opt for the Eagles, it would be a slap in the face of the Browns, who believe their coaching opening is more attractive than any of the other openings. That may or may not be the case. The Browns do have a large group of promising young players, but the quarterback position remains a problem area with no solution in sight.

There may still be hope for the Browns with Kelly. Although Mortensen is usually right, Jason Cole of Yahoo sports reported that the situation remains fluid between Kelly and the Browns.

Stay tuned.


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