Found January 09, 2013 on
Waiting For Next Year:
New England Patriots
New York Giants
On to the next one…
Despite all my criticisms of the Browns’ media handling in the hunt for Chip Kelly, I fully supported their chase of him as a coach for the Browns. The idea of Chip Kelly coaching the Browns was awesome. There’s no guarantee that Chip Kelly was going to be anything more than a complete bust. That’s pretty much the case for any coaching candidate. It drives me nuts that in order to talk about Chip Kelly in Cleveland that we constantly had to talk about Butch Davis because, you know, they both coached in college. That connecting of the dots is probably about as lazy as you can get from an intellectual standpoint.
You just can’t tell me with a straight face that a defensive specialist with experience as defensive coordinator of the Cowboys and head coaching experience at the U is the same thing as a guy who was almost solely an offensive coach on his way to becoming head coach at Oregon. That’s just the resume side of things. The fact remains that each candidate is a completely different human being. Even two doctors who went to the same medical school are completely different, and their training and professional background will be far less diverse than two guys like Butch Davis and Chip Kelly.
Back to Kelly. The reason that I was so excited for the prospect of him is not that he had the highest probability to not bust out. To the contrary, I think he was a big risk to fail and fail big. But out of all the candidates we’ve seen so far – including Nick Saban even though he was never really a candidate – Kelly represented the greatest chance for true innovation at least in the minds of fans. It’s one thing to have the best players and become a juggernaut from a personnel standpoint, but the idea that the Browns could compete consistently over time increases greatly with a truly great innovator as a head coach, because those guys tend to find a way to win even when they’re cobbling together a roster. 1
Even though Nick Saban wasn’t a serious candidate for the Browns, he just isn’t the same prospect as Chip Kelly. Don’t get me wrong, Saban would have been a great prospect for the job because of all the experience and past success he brings to the game, but I don’t think he was pegged as the potential innovator that would change the face of the game. That’s not a bad thing either, by the way. For every Bill Belichick you have innovating, you’ve got a Tom Coughlin or a John Fox that runs with such consistency and professionalism as to be pretty successful. I thought Saban had the potential to be the latter kind of coach in his second go-round in the NFL. Alas, he’s removed his name.
So out of all the people the Browns have interviewed, which one sticks out like a sore thumb? Ray Horton. He’s the only coach the Browns have interviewed (so far) that happens to be a defensive coach. And yes, he also happens to be an African American. I’ve stated a number of times that I understand the purpose of the Rooney rule and interviewing minority candidates because there was a wall between the head coach’s seat and minorities for a very long time. But when a team is seemingly focusing all their efforts on offensive minds for their open head coaching spot and they happen to satisfy the Rooney rule with the sole defensive coach of the bunch (so far) it should at least be noted, I think.
And maybe it’s a moot point as the search goes along. The urgency surrounding the competition for Chip Kelly dictated a certain set of circumstances in terms of timing. Now that that ship has sailed, maybe the interviews will continue to diversify to include defensive coaches. The Browns are reported to want to interview the Bengals’ Mike Zimmer and if Lovie Smith gets an interview it could completely change the perception too, but there have been no indications as of yet that the Browns are interested in interviewing Smith.
So we’ll see. I have no idea what to make of Marc Trestman. I’m interested in Bruce Arians and have wanted the Browns to interview him all along. Other than that, I’m just waiting to see. The biggest thing for me, no matter who they hire, is that he better be focused on winning with this roster right away. I don’t want to hear about system installations or anything else, even if they will be happening. I want to hear about trying to compete in the AFC North in 2013. Anything less and I will be massively disappointed. This roster and this team aren’t a finished product, but a good coach should have plenty to work with to mold something resembling a 0.500 or better team right away.
Think David Patten playing safety for the Patriots, for example.
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After a weekend rife with rumors and speculation, Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks are right back where they started.
Oregon's enigmatic head coach flirted with a trio of NFL teams over three days before deciding late Sunday to stay with the No. 5 Ducks.
On Monday it was back to business. Kelly was at a coaches' convention in Tennessee. Oregon did not formally announce Kelly...
It's almost as if Chip Kelly relishes in being the one recruited for a change.
Kelly is so used to being the one who travels around the country trying to woo players and convince them to put their future in his hands; that being "recruited" by NFL execs must be a nice change.
If he were a college recruit, Kelly would be a five-star athlete. Number one at his...
Apparently the Philadelphia Eagles are only interested in college coaches named Kelly raised in New England.
After being spurned by Chip Kelly of Oregon, the Eagles are now pursuing Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, according to ESPN.com. The two sides met after the Fighting Irish lost to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game, and plan to meet again once Kelly is back from...
The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press.
Kelly was the third college coach Philadelphia interviewed since firing Andy Reid on Dec. 31. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information, said the Eagles met with...
Chip Kelly and his built-for-speed, built-for-the-wide-open college game offense are staying in the college ranks.
We won't know what the NFL version of this offense would have looked like, and that's a big part of the disappointment that comes with the Browns watching their first choice for their head coaching job decide to keep his current one.
Jimmy Haslam paid 1 billion...
Brian Kelly recently said Notre Dame was his dream job and that "leaving is not an option." Then the Irish were soundly defeated by Alabama in the BCS Championship Game on Monday night. On Wednesday, Kelly interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles for their head coaching position, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. And according to NFL sources, the two parties will...
As news broke that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was going to remain at Oregon, it seemed that he was content there or was possibly waiting for a better job opportunity to open up in the NFL.
If you ask John Canzano of The Oregonian, it is the latter. The New England Patriots head coaching job to be exact.
Apparently, it’s “the dream gig of every little kid who grows up...
Brian Kelly watching his perfect season go down in flames on Monday.
Nobody involved with the Philadelphia Eagles organization watched Monday's BCS title game 42-14 tub-thumping of Notre Dame by Alabama. That may be the only explanation possible of why the Eagles went ahead and interviewed ND head football coach Brian Kelly on Tuesday for its vacant HC position. This according...
Chip Kelly decided against moving over the NFL this weekend, instead choosing to stick it out in Eugene, Ore., as the Ducks’ head coach.
The Oregonian implied that Kelly may be waiting for his dream job to come along before moving to the pros. As a New Hampshire native, Kelly’s dream job may be that of New England Patriots head coach. There’s no telling when Bill Belichick...
Tweet The Philadelphia Eagles have been in contact with a plethora of coaching candidates to replace former Eagles head coach Andy Reid. Oregon’s Chip Kelly, former Bears head coach Lovie Smith and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, not to be confused with John, have all been rumored to be talking with Philadelphia. There is now [...]
Editors note: The Oregonian mentioned that Chip Kelly may be holding out to move on to the NFL until he can have his dream job – that of head coach of the New England Patriots. NFL writer Luke Hughes and assistant editor Doug Kyed debate whether Kelly would make a good successor for Bill Belichick.
Black Monday came and went last week, and seven NFL teams were suddenly in the...
AMES, Iowa - As the college football season wound down, head coaches names began to float around to fill the seven vacancies on the NFL coaching carousel. Chip Kelly was leaving Oregon for the Cleveland Browns - no, Bill OBrien was leaving Penn State for the Cleveland Browns - no, maybe Nick Saban will leave the most lucrative coaching position in college football history for the...
As unfathomable as it is to think of life without Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady only has so many years left in him. One can only imagine that Bill will stick around for just a few years after the Brady Era, or maybe even split as soon as TB12 does. It's actually a scary thought; having arguably the greatest coach of all time on top of the greatest coach-QB tandem ever...
Shifting the Focus
Much of the attention that has been surrounding the University of Oregon has been about its high-flying football program that has established itself as one of the best in its business. Under the watch of Head Coach Chip Kelly (who will remain with the Oregon Ducks despite a plethora of NFL rumors) Oregon has ascended the ranks to become a college football powerhouse...