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#16 PantherTrain84

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

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

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:28 PM

He's doing himself a favor.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:29 PM

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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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:29 PM

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

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#20 SmittyistheGOAT

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:30 PM

smart move

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:31 PM

Nike paid to keep him in Oregon.



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:34 PM

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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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:34 PM

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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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:35 PM

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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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:35 PM

He's smart, waiting for the right job.

Although not looking forward to the chip Kelly to Carolina rumor threads well have to deal with again once Ole Ron and the Boys start 1-3 ;)

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:36 PM

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.


At least up until Richardson hires an NFL defensive coordinator again.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:37 PM

I'm shocked we aren't hearing Lovie Smith and Whisenhunt being talked about more.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:40 PM

He's smart, waiting for the right job.

Although not looking forward to the chip Kelly to Carolina rumor threads well have to deal with again once Ole Ron and the Boys start 1-3 ;)



He has forseen the prophecy.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:42 PM

Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport both reporting that between the two choices, the Eagles were the job he really wanted. LaCanfora's statement that control was an issue makes more sense in Philly because Howie Roseman is entrenched there and has the support of Jeffrey Lurie.

So it appears the final story was that the Browns backed off, but the indecision they saw might actually have had as much to do with the Eagles as the Ducks (they'd never want to admit that) but then the team he preferred wouldn't give him what he wanted, so he went back to Oregon.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:43 PM

At least up until Richardson hires an NFL defensive coordinator again.


In the back of our minds we all know this will happen.

We just go our happy places and pretend there's another option sometimes.


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