After numerous reports on Friday had it all but guaranteed that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was heading to Cleveland, a bit of news came out this morning that put a hold on those ideas, for now.
According to various reports, Kelly is meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles today, and will have dinner with the Browns tonight before deciding where he will coach in 2013. Kelly had met with the Browns for seven hours yesterday, and briefly with the Buffalo Bills last night.
The race is seeming down to the Browns and Eagles. The Bills favorite for their job is still former Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt so it seems as if the meeting between them and Kelly was simply a courtesy interview on both parts.
Kelly is by far the hottest commodity on the coaching market due to the success he has had in turning the Oregon program into an NCAA Division I powerhouse. His innovative offense, aggressive mentality, and ability to get the most out of the talent has made him a prime choice for teams looking to bring a culture change to their organization.
There are still skeptics out there that believe Kelly will not be able to adapt to the NFL game well, and that veteran players will not buy in to his “gimmick” system. However, no one will know until he gets that opportunity to try it, which is seemingly on the verge of happening.