August 1, 2014

ESPN: Haslam, Banner to meet with Oregon’s Chip Kelly on Friday

The coaching rumors continue to swirl as the Browns are now rumored to have an interview lined up with Oregon’s Chip Kelly this Friday. Joe Banner is reportedly already in Arizona-

“According to several reports, Cleveland’s CEO Joe Banner is in Arizona and intends to interview Kelly, who is preparing the Ducks to play in Thursday’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The interview will take place Friday.”

Today SportsCenter reported that Jimmy Haslam will be joining him for the Kelly interview on Friday.

[Related: Chip Kelly "I don't know what the future holds"]

  • http://twitter.com/Dombard_Only1 Mr.Dombard

    Its gonna be signed sealed and delivered Friday.

  • Shadow_play

    We’re gonna need a Rooney Rule Candidate before then.

  • Chicago216er

    Ray Horton has already been interviewed

  • Harv 21

    wow, crass as it is they fulfilled their Rooney Rule with Horton already so that they could sequester Kelly in a room immediately post-bowl game and try to seal the deal before Philly could get to him. So Philly will probably jump to interview the next on the list and they’ll have a leg up on him in case Kelly hedges.

    High stakes for everybody.

  • Kildawg

    Horton is a hot name mostly due to the Rooney Rule (affirmative action at work, thanks Pittsburgh).

  • Natedawg86

    Hate the Rooney Rule. Do people actually think that minority coaches get hired because of it? How about the best man for the job whether he is White, Brown, Yellow, Green or Purple. I don’t care. Gimme a good coach

  • Harv 21

    Disagree about the green or purple coach. Consider myself quite progressive but that might be a little too forward-thinking. Dude might lure the players onto the mothership and then we’re in for yet another rebuild project.

  • MrCleaveland

    Not to cast stereotypes, but purple coaches also tend to run the gzilnp offense, which works fine in the constellation Gokczam but won’t work in the AFC North.

  • Garry_Owen

    I have so many reservations about Chip Kelly possibly coming to Cleveland. To wit:
    1) He’s famous for a college “gimmicky” offense of often undersized players that can’t win the biggest game every year.
    2) If his offense could work in the NFL, why hasn’t anyone adopted it? Those that have adopted some elements of it (New England) have only adopted elements of it. There’s a reason for this.
    3) I can only think of one college head coach that has recently entered the NFL and been successful in his FIRST attempt (Harbaugh). What are the chances that the Browns would get the second? (Someone help me out if there have been others.)
    4) What QB would run Kelly’s system?
    5) Any reason at all to believe that a guy like Jauron would stay as his DC? If not, who would he bring? Oregon is not exactly known for shutting down other teams.
    6) I don’t want 4,386 different uniform combinations. We have 2. We should stick with 2. (Yes, I know that Kelly won’t have any influence in changing the uniforms. I’m joking.)
    Honestly, of all of the options listed above, I’d have to say my favorite is Saban – and I can’t stand the guy.
    The future is full of trepidation, and I’m normally a “glass half full” kind of guy with my Browns.

  • Garry_Owen

    Gokczam 5 does have strong winds and lake effect snow, though. Granted, that snow is comprised of uridium flakes, and is highly radioactive (which still wouldn’t impede Phil Dawson – but now I’m getting carried away, as I don’t think the GFL has made any effort to sign lure Dawson).

  • Garry_Owen

    What if we were able to hire an honest-to-gosh Orange and Brown coach? That would be SWEET.

  • Harv 21

    how do you know it won’t work here? They’ve been running galaxy-compatible versions of it for years (like only every time a coach speaks into his laminated playsheet/transponder). Again, we really need to be more concerned about the loyalty/brain-snatching thing instead of getting caught up in the gammas and deltas.

  • MrCleaveland

    Oh come on, Harv. Those pretty boys on Gokczam 2 are used to zipping around in beautiful 5,000-degree weather. You think Red Zap 88 is going to work here in December? Think again.

  • Harv 21

    - “To wit.” really? (sadly shakes head as posts demerit)

    - The college coach to pro doesn’t have a huge recent sample size because of the trend toward young never-coached 20-something film-room geeks going up the ladder within the NFL. It’s been the trend because of Belichik, and not always successful. The NFL copies success to a ridiculous degree until someone is successful with another model, and then they all follow suit like the marching band in the dead-end alley at the end of Animal House.

    Don’t let fear control you, Garry. Let our new leaders be brave. 5-11, 4-12, 5-11, 4-12, 5-11 … If they want to let it rip, let them. We have nothing to fear but another couple 4-12s.

  • Harv 21

    pffft, until Banner cans him.

  • Harv 21

    refreshed from their winter break, Nerd Club shamelessly hijacked another thread.

  • dwhit110

    4) What QB would run Kelly’s system?

    *IF* he’s bringing his full Oregon offense with him and not just elements baked into a pro-style offense you’re looking at a Vick or Tebow signing maybe to keep the seat warm for a guy like Geno Smith or… Denard Robinson???

    Isn’t it possible though that Kelly would, you know, mold his system to the NFL and the talent in Cleveland (something that we’ve killed Shurmur for not doing over the past two years with Weeden, and rightfully so) and that he’d bring in elements of the zone read, elements of the hurry up, but ultimately craft a system for the league we play in, geography we live in, talent we already have in house, etc?

  • Garry_Owen

    Wha, wha, what?? You can’t give me a demerit! I’ve never had a demerit! I appeal! What’s the appeal process? I appeal!!!!!!!!!!!!! Appeal, I tell you!! Notice my strenuous use of exclamation points?????

    I’m thinking of Butch Davis, Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban (1st Edition), Pete Carroll (1st and 2nd Editions), Bobby Petrino, etc. Although I know that fear leads to suffering, I fear that Chip would be in that class. (And come on, we will have had a Butch, a Romeo, and a Chip in a single decade!)

  • Garry_Owen

    Not entirely shame-free. I am a little ashamed.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Rooney can suck my left big toe. But the real question is WILL he? Remains to be seen.

  • Garry_Owen

    Vick? Tebow? Smith? Robinson? Arrrrgghhh. Gouge my eyes out with a spoon for even reading those names – and chop off your fingers with the same spoon for even mentioning them. Pardon my hyperbole, but one guy forgot how to play football, one guy can’t accurately throw from me to my computer screen, one guy got more overrated and more destroyed in the span of 10 weeks than any other guy in history, and one guy can’t tie his own shoes. No. Thank you.
    Yes, sure, it’s possible that Kelly would mold his system, but it’s equally possible that he wouldn’t. 50/50 probability is not good.

  • Harv 21

    and Mangina – why did that have to die? Seemed too immature and stupid to die, and yet …

    Listen, no one will get penalized if you just keep your to wits, heretofores, and aforementioneds in your briefs where they belong (pounds table in self-induced hysterics).

  • dwhit110

    Hey, at least I didn’t mention Vince Young! :)

  • Garry_Owen

    Notwithstanding your attempt to regulate what’s in my briefs (I have a reasonable expectation of privacy there, mister), I still appeal.

  • Garry_Owen

    That’s it. Yours will be a plastic spoon. And not one of those serrated sporks that you get at Taco Bell.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Wouldn’t be mad if they hire Kelly. It would be fantastic to see the Browns finally run an exciting offense. As for which QB would run it, I’m not that concerned. They can find someone athletic enough in the draft. Weeden could probably do it if they wanted him to. He should spend most of the time in the shotgun anyway. That’s what he did in college.

    Alright…I don’t know if I’m just exhausted from the first day back at work in about 2 weeks, but I’m on board with this if it happens. It sounds like they are VERY serious about getting him as demonstrated by the fact that they are interviewing him less than 24 hours after the bowl game.

  • Harv 21

    There is no appeal of demerits. You may, however, hunt my comments like a hungry jackal for typos, redundancies and awkward phrases. It shouldn’t take long to return the favor. I won’t mind.
    We.
    Are.
    Quality.
    Cointrol.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Would Tebow really be THAT bad? The guy’s a winner. I’m not saying he’d be my first choice, but he might be better (and he’d definitely be younger) than the guy we have now.

    And hey…Tebow’s won 1 more playoff game than the new Browns.

    I guess I’m just feeling open to the many possibilities.

  • Garry_Owen

    I like Tebow a lot, I really do, but he’s such a huge gamble. I think the passing game would regress – just when we’ve finally seen some progress. I’m so tired of gambles. I want some assurance. Kelly is also a big gamble, IMO.

  • saggy

    I actually like Vince. Best college player maybe ever. Of course, college is a different beast, and success there…hey, wait…

  • saggy

    Or we could hire a guy who can change colors with the uniforms!

  • saggy

    I can’t believe we haven’t realized it yet – it’s CRIBBS!! Josh Cribbs is going to run Kelly’s offense!

  • Here We Go Brownies!!

    Before Chip Kelly was the Head Coach of the Oregon Ducks he was the Head Coach of the… anyone? University of New Hampshire Wildcats where they didn’t run the spread offense at all.

    He only ran the spread when he got to Oregon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9fWpnxyUcU

    “Nobodies married to an offense or defense, if we had the players to line up and run the power I we would run the power I”

    Hire this man tomorrow Banner!!

  • Garry_Owen

    Nice video. Allays some of my fears, assuming he means what he says.

    By the way, who’s the other guy in that video? I really like that guy.

  • Garry_Owen

    Ah. Ah. I see what you did their.

  • dwhit110

    You’re right that Kelly is a gamble, but what I like about him is he has ideas, is innovative and doesn’t seem to be a “jam a square peg into a round hole” type guy. I mean we were running the WCO because it worked for Bill Walsh 25 years ago and Holmgren learned it from him, and it’s what’s worked, and blah, blah, blah. Chip Kelly strikes me more as an advanced analytics type guy who’s looking for new ways to beat the tired old systems. I like that idea.

  • Garry_Owen

    It is rare that I have my mind changed by interweb conversations, but it’s happening. It’s happening. I’m coming around. Keep selling me. I really want to believe in this, as it looks like it may very well happen.

  • dwhit110

    He’s a smart guy. He’s looking for inefficiencies in the system and trying to exploit them. I agree that it’s trouble if he tries to run the Oregon offense, lock, stock and barrel in the NFL but if what he brings to the NFL is the innovation that he brought to Oregon, that’s not a bad thing. Henry Brown posted this in a discussion that we were having on a different thread, and it’s pretty option-centric because that’s what they were running, but I particularly liked his quote about running whatever best fits his guys at the end.

    (it’s linked below by “Here We Go Brownies!!”)

  • Sam

    If everyone posting in the comment section of every NFL blog in America knows that Oregon’s spread offense won’t translate to the NFL then why the hell would we assume that Chip Kelly thinks it would? The dude is one of the most successful current college coaches and knows more about football than anyone on this site…I think he’ll get the picture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.jacob.73 William Jacob

    Lovie Smith, Alex Smith, those are my answers.

  • @TheDeePagel

    That would be so Cleveland. Finally find a franchise QB and he gets abducted.

    The Drive. The Fumble. The Abduction.

  • @TheDeePagel

    Red Zap 88….priceless.

  • Harv 21

    wow. I call Lebron’s Boston Game 5 “The Abdication” but this is better. It must happen so it can be added to the Browns heartbreak video montage shown during the next playoff game. Byner kneeling in despair on the turf morphs into a purple semi-formless creature leading somnambulant players up the blinking ramp.

  • porckchopexpress

    Does George Hamilton have coaching experience?

  • MrCleaveland

    “It’s not a playbook, IT’S A COOKBOOK!!!”

    /T-Zone Marathon’d

  • Harv 21

    perfect. Where’ve you been, pork?

  • Jaker

    Right now, Tebow for McCoy straight up?

  • @TheDeePagel

    Rumors swirling that Browns already interviewed Kelly during the regular season, and bringing him on board is a done deal.

    Crazy.