Posted January 07, 2013

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, spurning NFL possibilities with Eagles, Browns

NFL
Chip Kelly is staying at Oregon. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Chip Kelly is staying at Oregon. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Chip Kelly is staying at Oregon, a source confirmed to SI.com Sunday night. The Ducks coach will return for a fifth season at the university, bypassing potential opportunities with the NFL.

Kelly had lengthy interviews this weekend with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns, but he will not take either job.

Reports on Friday suggested that Kelly and the Browns were closing in on a deal. On Saturday, Kelly had a lengthy interview with the Eagles in their search to replace longtime coach Andy Reid and reportedly leaned toward that job. And he also met this weekend with the Buffalo Bills about the coaching job that eventually went to Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone.

But on Sunday, the Browns moved on from Kelly in their coaching search after he reportedly expressed doubts about jumping from college to the NFL. In waiting for Kelly, the Browns missed out on the opportunity to hire Marrone, who was reportedly high on their list of candidates.

Kelly and Oregon just wrapped up a 12-1 season that ended with a 35-17 romp over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. He has led the Ducks to BCS bowl berths in each of his four seasons as coach, compiling a 46-7 record in that span.

Kelly’s dance with the NFL this offseason mirrors his situation last year, when he flirted with the possibility of taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ job before backing off late in negotiations. Kelly still has five years remaining on his contract with Oregon, where he earned a base salary of $2.8 million last season.

After Kelly’s decision, the Browns and Eagles will move on in their respective searches. The Eagles’ list includes Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. While they were waiting on Kelly, the Browns also interviewed former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, both of whom would still be options.


10 comments
jweller3
jweller3

What an ass.....he had no intention of going to the NFL.....just wanted more of Phil Knight's money and a few headlines.

Oregondreamer
Oregondreamer

 @jweller3 If you say so then it must be true.  Amazing how the blog world has opened the floodgates for uninformed opinions.

jweller3
jweller3

 @Oregondreamer

 2 years in a row.....same thing....Phil, give me more money......

Oregondreamer
Oregondreamer

 @jweller3 How much more did he get?  Sources.  Even if true that makes him an ass?  Then me, you all of us our asses for trying to make more money.

kelley.t.m
kelley.t.m

Isn't choosing between Philadelphia and Cleveland kind of like choosing between Roseann Barr and Rosie O'Donnell?

corkpuller
corkpuller

Nice to be wined and dined on a vacation tour of the NFL. Why not dip in a little and play em. Smart man...glad he stayed at the O

corkpuller
corkpuller

Nice to be wined and dined on a vacation tour of the NFL. Why not dip in a little and play em. Smart man...glad he stayed at the O.

Nine Vegetable
Nine Vegetable

Tomorrow's story:  Chip Kelly agrees to reworked contract at Oregon for more money!

Oosterbaan
Oosterbaan

 @Nine Vegetable He'll already get a bonus for winning the Fiesta Bowl. (And he bloody well deserves it.) And he can't "rework" a contract with Oregon: he's already GOT a contract with Oregon, and he's bound by it. He doesn't want to move on: he likes the situation at UO. You think everybody in the world is motivated by money? And no college team is trying to recruit him. So, what exactly is your reasoning here?