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Browns ready to interview Oregon's Chip Kelly

1:09 PM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns continue to search for their next head coach. And next on the list is Oregon head coach Chip Kelly.

Kelly and the Ducks are fresh off a 35-17 Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State on Thursday night.

Now, the 49-year old will have NFL teams such as the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles (and possibly more) trying to woo him away from an Oregon program where he has a career record of 46-7.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have been in Arizona waiting for the Fiesta Bowl to wrap-up so they could sit down and talk to Kelly.

Kelly wants the NFL interview process to be fast. Last night, in his post game press conference, Kelly said: "I want to get it wrapped up quickly and figure out where I'm going to be."

Any of Kelly's interviews will be arranged through his agent David Dunn.

Kelly does not have any NFL coaching experience. However, he did interview with the Tampa Bay Bucs for their head coaching vacancy last season. All of Kelly's coaching experience has been at the collegiate level. He has been an assistant coach at Columbia, New Hampshire and Johns Hopkins.

NFL teams are impressed with his offensive mind. He runs a quick-style spread offense which is capable of scoring a lot of points. The Oregon Ducks routinely scored 50 or more points each Saturday this season. Kelly is a two-time PAC-10 coach of the year winner.

The Browns have already interviewed Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, Penn State Bill O'Brien who said he is staying to coach the Nittany Lions, former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.


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