Oregonís Chip Kelly scheduled for interview with Browns
After leading the Ducks to a 25-17 win over the Kansas State at Thursday nights’ Fiesta Bowl, Chip Kelly said he was eager to get through the interviews with NFL teams and make a decision on the right coaching job.
“I want to get it wrapped up quickly and figure out where I’m gonna be,” Chip Kelly said in a press conference late Thursday night.
The Cleveland Browns were in Arizona to interview candidates for the coaching vacancy after firing Pat Shurmur on Monday. Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner were conducting the interviews themselves.
Joe Banner reportedly interacted with Chip Kelly’s agent David Dunn on Thursday. Joe Banner is familiar to working with David Dunn from his 12-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Two other NFL teams, the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles are also interested in interviewing Chip Kelly for their opening at the position of head coach.
Chip Kelly, turned down a coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. This time the allure of NFL could have a lasting effect on Chip Kelly’s next career step.
“I don’t really know. That’s part of what this whole thing is. It’s more of a fact-finding mission and finding out if it fits or doesn’t fit. I don’t really have that answer,” Chip Kelly said on the probability of coaching for an NFL team. “I’ve been in one in interview in my life for the National Football League, and that was a year ago. So I don’t really have any preconceived notions about it, and I think that’s what this deal’s all about for me.”
The 49-year-old Chip Kelly, who has a 46-7 record with the Ducks in four seasons and has been lauded for the team’s up-tempo humbly credited his players for the recent success.
“I know that people want to talk to me because of our players,” said Chip Kelly. “The success of our football program has always been about our guys.”
“It’s an honor for someone to say they’d want to talk to me about maybe moving on to go coach in the National Football League,” added Chip Kelly. “But it’s because of what those guys do. I’ll listen, and we’ll see.”
Many have wondered if the possibility Oregon facing NCAA sanctions stemming from its use of recruiting services will factor in Chip Kelly’s decision to move to the NFL. However, Chip Kelly doesn’t want to project that he’s abandoning the sinking ship.
“We've cooperated fully with them,” said Chip Kelly. “If they want to talk to us again, we'll continue to cooperate fully. I feel confident in the situation.”
Earlier this week, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton confirmed he’s been interviewed by the Cleveland Browns. The team also reportedly interviewed former Arizona Cardinals Ken Whisenhunt, Syracuse coach Doug Marrone. Penn State coach Bill O’Brien also made the race but he withdrew from the race opting to stay at his current job.