Pro Football Talk, citing a “plugged-in source,” reports that Chip Kelly is worth keeping an eye on for the Browns.
This probably shouldn’t come as a major surprise, considering that it was just a few years ago that the Browns tried to lure Kelly away from the University of Oregon. In fact, there were reports that it was a done deal, but Kelly ultimately backed out.
Kelly has said that he wants to remain in the NFL, rather than return to college.
We’ll have more regarding the Browns’ job as the news is available.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns “will go hard” after Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase once they fire HC Mike Pettine in the near future.
A decision to part ways with Pettine could come as soon as Sunday night, according to Cabot.
The Browns have reportedly laid the groundwork for an interview with Gase, who is highly recommended by QB Peyton Manning.
There has been some speculation in recent days that if the Browns hire Gase, he could try to lure Manning to Cleveland for one final season. However, Cabot mentions that there’s no guarantee that Manning would follow Gase and join the Browns.
The Eagles and Dolphins reportedly have interest in Gase as well, and he met with the 49ers lats year, so there could be a decent amount of competition for his services.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported earlier that the Browns are expected to fire HC Mike Pettine in the near future and there’s still a good chance that they could move on from GM Ray Farmer as well.
According to Rapoport, names to keep an eye on for the Browns’ job include Lions DC Teryl Austin, Bears OC Adam Gase and Jaguars assistant coach Doug Marrone all of whom as expected to interview for the job when it’s available.
Rapoport mentioned that Browns owner Jimmy Haslem is getting a head start on the process, which would make sense, considering that there could end up being a great deal of competition for the top coaching candidates.
It will be interesting to see if the Browns’ end up having a difficult time luring the top candidates, seeing as they’ve been through so many coaches in past few years.