July 25, 2014

NFL Rumor: Chip Kelly could stay at Oregon

After a back-and-forth 48 hours where he was heading to Cleveland and then to Philadelphia, Chip Kelly could be staying at the University of Oregon, according to at least two reports on Twitter on Sunday morning.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane got the rumor mill heated up with his tweet, speculating there’s as much of a chance Kelly stays at Oregon as his reported leap to the NFL. And The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot followed up with a report from Michael Lomardi, also a candidate for the Browns executive opening, that Kelly might lean toward staying in school.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport followed up to McLane’s tweet in saying that this could be unlikely, considering the NCAA sanctions the Oregon program is likely to face in the near future.

With Doug Marrone locked into a deal with the Buffalo Bills, it’s likely to be a continued scramble on Twitter for all possible breaking news related to Chip Kelly. We’ll keep you updated with all of the latest reports we see. Stay tuned to WFNY.

[Related: NFL News: Doug Marrone agrees to join Bills]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m ready for tomorrow’s rumor, today!

  • cmm13

    And we’ve officially come full circle in the rumor mill.

    Call me when the tweet comes out that Kelly signed with the Yankees.

  • maxfnmloans

    I just posited a question in another thread…If Kelly does return to Oregon, do any NFL teams call him in the near future? This would be the second year in a row he gets a team to the altar and then ducks out.

  • Kenny_Chill

    You guys are doing some great work here finding every rumor and keeping us up to date.

  • MrCleaveland

    Friend of mine says he ran into Kelly at a Strongsville open house.

  • MrCleaveland

    If Kelly does stay at Oregon, the Travel Channel can sell their “Road Tested” footage this week to “Punk’d.”

  • Harv 21

    if he backs out after multiple all-day meetings the year the Ducks get sanctioned, his rep will be that of a classic attention whore. Teams will certainly go after an innovative “genius,” but in a more understated manner. No FO wants the “you’re not worthy” PR nightmare the Browns and Philly would suffer.

  • Harv 21

    your source is more reliable than mine. Friend’s ex-sister-in-law saw Strongsville deed filing in name of Kelly. Sit tight, I’m on it.

  • Wheel

    At this point, Haslam should take control and tell Kelly that the Browns are rescinding their offer. Kelly agreed to meet with the Browns last night for dinner and did not show. I’m intrigued with Kelly, but the way he and his agent have negotiated does not speak well to the their character. Let’s move on.

  • maxfnmloans

    Per Mortenson on Twitter– Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and execs are headed back to Browns. Sources say they will reboot coach search without Chip Kelly in the fold.

  • Harv 21

    Scott asked last week how long a Haslam/Banner goodwill from fans might last. I thought that no reservoir of goodwill exists based on initial pressers alone, and it appears they may have already stepped in it.

    They have made it clear that their vision for the org revolves around their ability to snag a top head coach. Per Haslam:“We want an individual as a head coach who’s a strong leader, who’s tough, because this is a tough business, but also is smart, very organized, has great attention to detail and is aggressive. That’s the kind of football team we will have and that’s the kind of individuals we are.”

    Per Banner: “We’re looking for somebody with really strong, dynamic leadership. I think there was also the need to need to create a fresh energy, or a fresh start.”

    When you publicly set those expectations to get the town bullish about you and then get rejected by all of your clear top choices, and end up with a scrambling emergency plan like Whisenhut, et al., that’s hardly an auspicious start. Anyone can put on a power tie and give a reassuring presser after the Holmgren, Mangini, and Savage acts. If they fail at their first substantive action they should be ready to take the heat. They told us snagging the right coach was everything.

  • EdgewaterJoe

    … and Philly is moving on (supposedly) to interview Denver OC Mike McCoy. Looks like Kelly may have overplayed his hand.

    One other tidbit to keep in mind: every OC candidate that Mike Lombardi has recommended for the Browns — Marrone, O’Brien, Kelly, and even Josh McDaniel — are all off the board. Please, please, PLEASE let this also mean Banner and Haslem tell that jerkwad to take a hike, too!

  • SDA

    This may be a blessing in disguise. I’m still not sold on Kelly. Its easy to win in college with speed and moderate x’s and o’s. I still would like someone who’s won in the NFL.

  • oO0Oo0oOo00o0O0

    Kelly never overplayed his hand. He has a dream contract at Oregon, and he’ll always have big NFL demand as long as he keeps posting BCS bowl appearances there. If and when he goes pro, it will be on his terms and his terms alone.

  • Wheel

    Sobering point. The other down side of how this is played out, it that we could potentially lose out on the good GM candidates.

  • cmm13

    Wouldn’t be so sure of that..what happens in two years when OBrien, Shaw or the next big thing is ready for hire?

  • oO0Oo0oOo00o0O0

    Sure, new talent will always come along. But Kelly doesn’t just represent new talent, he represents a new approach to running a football team, from top to bottom. He’s a game changer. That is what he’s looking for in an NFL job, that’s what teams are looking for from him, and that will be what gives him the competitive edge among other hires.

  • cmm13

    If and when Chip Kelly finally comes to the NFL, designs an offense that works in the NFL then proceeds to win multiple Super Bowl rings..then you can could say he succeeded. “Game changer” though is a bit of a stretch.

    Until then he will have to be happy chasing the likes of Saban and Meyer for NCAA greatness.

  • oO0Oo0oOo00o0O0

    Point taken. Although I’m not saying he will be successful in the NFL. Just that he sees himself as an innovator, and is not willing to compromise that aspect of his coaching. To say (as some do) that Kelly’s approach wouldn’t be successful in the NFL misses the point. What he wants to do is take over a team that’s willing to let him recruit the talent he needs to produce a new kind of team that can be successful against more traditional teams (similar to, but not necessarily the same as what he’s assembled at Oregon).

  • cmm13

    Then I wish him the best of luck in finding the team that is willing to give a rookie NFL coach control of the offense, team and roster. ;)