Supposedly, Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner is in Arizona watching Chip Kelly and his Oregon Ducks play in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. It is rumored that Banner and Kelly have already talked, but that is just pure speculation. The more I think about it, I am not on the Kelly bandwagon.
The word on Kelly is that he is a control freak. The other lingering question which may be of more importance is can Kelly win the “big game”? So far, he has not. Although he has compiled an impressive 45-7 win-loss record, Kelly is 1-2 in bowl games. Life would be much different playing in arguably the NFL‘s toughest division, the AFC North.
The question Browns fans have to ask themselves is this: Can we afford another Butch Davis, a highly touted college coach who came to the NFL and failed? Much like Davis, Kelly has a very big ego. And, although he can have a huge influence on players, the NFL is not the same as college football. Locker rooms are lost by the game.
While I agree wholeheartedly that the NFL is evolving from an offensive standpoint, I’m not so sure Kelly’s run-and-spread offense would be successful in Cleveland. Right off the bat, Cleveland will need another quarterback. That concept is getting old. The Browns need a head coach that will be in Cleveland in ten years, not a no pro experience, 49-year-old bachelor that could fail miserably in northeast Ohio.
With the next decision, there is no room for error. Cleveland would be better suited for an experienced proven guy that can use the talented players already on the team to their fullest potential. With the always conservative Pat Shurmur, that was rarely seen. Without a doubt, Shurmur stunted the growth of many players this past season.
Despite the orange and brown finishing 5-11, you could definitely argue that with just average coaching, there were a few more wins that should have been in the left column. Blowing up the Browns is only going to set everything back further and continue to test the patience of the Cleveland faithful.
These fans are growing old and tired of horrendous failure. Going 8-8 in the 2013 season is unacceptable. There is no reason why Cleveland shouldn’t be fighting for a wild card playoff spot later on this year. Enough is enough; say no to Kelly.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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