Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Chip Kelly could have been in Cleveland instead of Philadelphia , but his inability to commit caused the Browns to blink. Browns CEO Joe Banner didn’t feel comfortable enough to go ahead and offer Chip Kelly the head coaching position. Banner felt Kelly was a risk to change his mind and throw off the Browns search, as he had done to Tampa Bay a year earlier. Combined with the fact Kelly had never coached in the NFL, and his unconventional offense, there were too many question marks. Banner and the Philadelphia Eagles front office were both competing for Kelly’s services, and accusations of bad mouthing were leaked to the media. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie accused Banner of trashing Philadelphia GM Howie Roseman. However, Banner would not comment on Lurie's charges, but he did offer some insight on why Kelly isn’t coaching in Cleveland. "We removed ourselves from the process," Banner said via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. "We really liked Chip. He's intriguing, a very different thinker, and very smart. But you could see he was uncertain what he wanted to do. "He may be in Philadelphia 10 years or longer and have a terrific career. But the fact he committed to Tampa Bay last year, backed out, then seemed all year to be leaning toward going to the NFL, and then being so uncertain with us, we just felt it was too big a gamble. If there was no ambivalence, we may have offered him the job." var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});

2 Comments:
  • hey joe banner, don't hate!
  • I don't buy it and I think the article is misleading.

    The article doesn't actually have any quotes saying that the Eagle's weren't Chip Kelly's first choice. And I believe after listening to his press conference that the Eagles really were his first choice - because he wants to win, and the Eagles are probably the closest team to "being ready to win" of the teams that needed a new coach.

    And on top of that, the Browns have a history of losing and problems in their upper management, while the Eagles are like the complete opposite of that.

    I am an Eagles girl though, so... :)
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Report: Browns interested in drafting Marcus Mariota

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

WATCH: South Alabama coach bloodied after kick to the face

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.