Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that a person informed of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly’s plans has informed him that he will meet with Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills.
Garafolo adds that the meetings will likely take place between Friday and some point this weekend in the Phoenix area.
Head coach Chip Kelly has made it clear that he would not require full control over football operations to make the jump to the NFL, according to Ian Rapoport.
Kelly has done a good job coaching talent at Oregon and his lack of desire to undermine a strong general manager could make him attractive in places like Kansas City, where Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli wants to retain control over football decisions.
Executives from the Browns are in Arizona to interview Oregon head coach Chip Kelly on Friday, according to ESPN.
The report may be unsubstantiated, though, according to Jeff McLane. McLane says that ESPN was sourcing other reports and that the original report can’t be found.
Jason La Canfora tweeted last night that Browns president Joe Banner was in Arizona and added that the visit was “primarily to make a pitch for Chip Kelly.”
The Browns don’t have a general manager yet and if the team was to land Kelly, whatever general manager they bring in would be tied to the head coach. Cleveland would reportedly be willing to offer Kelly some amount of control over personnel decisions, but they are considering other options as well.
Kelly’s up-tempo style of offense has worked well in the college game, but some wonder whether or not it’d translate well to the NFL.