The Cleveland Browns are in Arizona where Oregon and Chip Kelly are set to play Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Thursday and will interview Kelly for their vacant head coaching position on Friday.
Cleveland fired Pat Shurmur after two seasons and also parted ways with general manager Tom Heckert. I think Kelly would be highly intrigued by the job where he may get some control over player personnel.
The number one issue he will have if he does take the job in Cleveland is what to do with quarterback Brandon Weeden, who finished with a total QBR of 26.6, which ranked him 35th out of 36th qualified passers this season.
Weeden was the team’s second first round pick last season after the club took Trent Richardson with the third overall pick, but unlike Richardson who looks like a star, the same cannot be said for Weeden who struggled mightily as a 29-year old rookie.
The Browns own the sixth overall selection in the 2013 draft and there is not a quarterback that is worthy of being selected that early in the draft, but the team has to find a young quarterback that can be a long-term solution and fit in Kelly’s up-tempo scheme.
I’m not sure Cleveland is a good landing spot for him where they have a history of losing and because of the uncertainty at the quarterback position. Furthermore, I think he has better options if he passes on the Browns job if and when it is offered to him.
Two other teams that had been rumored to be in play for Kelly according to Bruce Feldman of CBS are the Philadelphia Eagles–who parted ways with longtime head coach Andy Reid–and the Carolina Panthers who may give Ron Rivera a pink slip after two seasons once they hire a general manager.
The idea of Kelly and Cam Newton together should tantalize Panthers fans with the potential for an offensive explosion in Charlotte.
I think decision has already been made that Kelly will not be at Oregon next year, the only question that remains is where he ends up, but I don’t think he should be the Browns coach in 2013.
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