NFL Head Coaching Rumors: Chip Kelly Is Cleveland Browns Top Target


November 10, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly along the sideline against the California Golden Bears during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly is a very popular man.

As the NFL rumor mill continues to churn, there are multiple teams who are reportedly making the Oregon Ducks head coach their top choice to fill head coaching vacancies. We all knew about the Philadelphia Eagles preparing to make a push for Kelly, but now there is another team who is ready to give the Eagles a run for their money — The Cleveland Browns.

Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

"Oregon coach Chip Kelly is the clear No. 1 choice for the Browns as their next head coach, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM radio, who talked to two high-ranking NFL personnel executives. Kelly, who is 45-7 in his four year at Oregon, will be pursued by other teams, including the Eagles, the former team of Browns CEO Joe Banner.Caplan, a Philadelphia-based reporter, pointed out that Banner has a strong relationship with Kelly’s agent,David Dunn, of Athlete’s First.Banner said in his news conference today that he thinks the Browns can convince the best candidate to come to Cleveland and “we think we can make a very good case why this is the best opportunity in the league right now.”They’ll also interview other top candidates, including Penn State’s Bill O’Brien."

There is no doubt that Kelly will be a hot commodity, but will he accept an offer from one of the team’s in pursuit of his services? It was just a season ago that Kelly was close to accepting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching job, so anything is possible this offseason.