NFL Rumor: ‘Be ready for something to happen tonight’ with Browns, Chip Kelly

It’s been a whirlwind of Chip Kelly news over the last 48 hours for Cleveland fans. But late Friday night, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen had the definitive Kelly update in breaking down his travel plans:

Oregon coach Chip Kelly and the Cleveland Browns wrapped up seven hours of meetings Friday that were characterized as “very positive,” though Kelly informed the Browns that he would proceed to interview with the Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles, according to team and league sources.

Kelly interviewed for five hours with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner before they took a break and had a two-hour dinner. The sides agreed to talk again Saturday night after Kelly’s interview with the Bills on Friday night and the Eagles on Saturday. The Bills announced late Friday that they had interviewed Kelly.

With that news in hand and following yesterday’s hot reports of the Browns being “close” to a deal with Kelly, the Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot added this news:

So stay tuned folks, as it’s possible that there might not be another round of interviews for Kelly if the Browns can lock him in to a deal sometime this evening during their second Arizona meeting.

[Related: NFL Rumor: Bruce Arians wanted Browns coaching job “badly”]

  • Jaker

    I would have loved to hear what they were talking about for 7 hours. Probably at least an hour of laughing at Shurmur.

  • Dinner

    SCA, you still have that bottle of scotch? I’ll take a glass if something happens tonight.

  • Dinner

    SDA* Sorry! Still have a hangover from yesterday.

  • Tay wade

    As a Browns fan, I’m used to always waiting. And 98% of the time I end up disappointed.

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  • FearTheRoo

    I’d say 99.9% of the time in Cleveland sports, we are disappointed.

  • beerf

    Here’s to that 0.1% chance of us landing the guy we want!

  • saggy

    i, too, have the rush of excitement rushing through my veins!


    But the Swisher signing actually happened, as did the Francona hiring, so Cleveland won’t be due for another “something actually happened as planned” event for another 5 years.

  • Harv 21

    While my Cleveland sports soul screams the predictable “this will go bad!” my brain rejects the cliche that this is a high risk/high reward hire.

    What’s the risk? 3-13 next year? An extra year gauging Weedon’s potential? We risk no legacy, no playoff years, nada. We might gain the system and coach the rest of the league scrambles to emulate and we might be able to draft and obtain in trades, at least for a few years, the very best scheme-specific players around, like Billy Beane at the dawn of moneyball. This could be same old same old, or it could be a natrional sports watershed.

    No fear – let’s do this thing.

  • mgbode

    This and the title both could apply to prom night too