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Chip Kelly turns down the NFL

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It's awfully homertastic to think that he went back to Oregon specifically because he didn't get our job.

Far more likely that he had more than one place in mind, accepted interviews to drive up demand in case any of those places contacted him, and none did so he went back to the NCAA where he can continue to make himself look better.

Same scenario and all...sorta...but without the homerism.

As far as winning friends in front offices? Meh. If he keeps it up in college he won't need people to like him that much. He'll continue to get interviews (or offers for interviews) for NFL jobs that open up. The man is clearly an intelligent man and he knows his way around an offense. His propensity for punking NFL teams won't prevent people from trying to get him to make the jump.

I seriously doubt he has a particular team in mind. It's very homeriffic to think "he just wants us".

There are 32 NFL head coaching jobs in the league. I highly doubt any coach wanting to coach in the NFL would narrow himself to only one place. And most have enough ego to think that the only thing the worst team in the league needs to become champions is...them.

On the topic of ego though, if he's got enough of one to turn down NFL offers two years in a row because they won't give him what he wants, then if I'm a front office guy I stay faaaarrr away from him in the future.

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I don't blame him. Get stuck in a bad situation, have a couple mediocre years, and you soon go from being the next big thing to the latest retread.

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Based on what LaCanfora said, he probably didn't get the combo he wanted of money and control.

The Browns seemed willing to give him the control he wanted, but the Eagles may have offered more money.

May well have tried to leverage one against the other only to have both balk.

He might have looked at the Browns and decided he didn't want any part of coaching there. Holmgren basically did when he declined to install himself as coach and suddenly wasn't sure he was done coaching after he left Cleveland.

Not that anyone knows for sure but I kinda felt like Haslam is not shy about throwing money around and they were preparing to back the trucks up. At least that's what the Browns local guys seemed to be indicating.

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You better believe it, if Rivera gets canned next season, Kelly will be the Panthers HC no doubt about it.

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He's doing himself a favor.

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He might have looked at the Browns and decided he didn't want any part of coaching there. Holmgren basically did when he declined to install himself as coach and suddenly wasn't sure he was done coaching after he left Cleveland.

Not that anyone knows for sure but I kinda felt like Haslam is not shy about throwing money around and they were preparing to back the trucks up. At least that's what the Browns local guys seemed to be indicating.

Turns out the actual reason may be something else entirely.

From Mary Kay Cabot (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

The Browns walked away from Oregon coach Chip Kelly on Sunday afternoon because they weren't certain his heart was 100 percent into leaving the Ducks, a league source told the Plain Dealer.

Late Sunday the Browns' suspicions were confirmed when Kelly decided to stay at Oregon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. In doing so, he left both the Browns and Eagles at the altar the same way he did last year at this time to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner committed to bringing a championship team to Cleveland, they weren't about to settle for anything less than a 100 percent commitment, the source said.

Realizing that Kelly, 49, was waffling on whether or not to jump to the NFL or stay with the Ducks for a fifth season, Haslam and Banner removed themselves from the running and flew home from Arizona -- where they had been camped out since Tuesday -- to restart their coaching search with his name scratched off the list.

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And here's Florio's take...

At some point, Kelly’s Favre-ish indecision could impact recruiting in a negative way. For now, Kelly’s choice to stay in Oregon will surely help seal the deal for the coming class who will be able to sign their letters of intent early next month.

For now, some league insiders believe that Kelly and his agent, David Dunn, overplayed their hand and were forced to save face. Others believe Kelly simply wasn’t ready to leave the college game. If he isn’t ready now, he may never be.

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Expect a fair amount of posturing and face-saving on both sides.

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My toughts were he was flirting with the NFL particually, the panthers, and when he saw panthers kept ron rivera.

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smart move

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Nike paid to keep him in Oregon.

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I was in NE Ohio a week ago. The browns did Chip a favor by passing on him.

That is a franchise that has to build through the draft because its gonna take mega mega bucks to convince a marquee FA to live there.

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Turns out the actual reason may be something else entirely.

From Mary Kay Cabot (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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And here's Florio's take...

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Expect a fair amount of posturing and face-saving on both sides.

Looks like the Browns made a solid decision withdrawing then, if that's what happened.

Probably safest to assume that everything that gets reported is a lie from one side or the other who doesn't want to look silly.

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Well, guess what, if this next season turns out as a bust for Rivera all the Kelly fans can still hope to have their wishes fulfilled. SO win-win for everyone.

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