The Cleveland Browns had Oregon Ducks head football coach Chip Kelly in their facility for seven hours on Friday and allowed him to walk away. Not only that, but the Browns have also said they “will not hire” Kelly after the meeting. The folks involved in the situation say the lack of a deal is Kelly’s fault because he was indecisive about making the jump to the NFL, but that’s a load of horse radish. Kelly wouldn’t have met for seven hours if he was indecisive. The Browns simply dropped the ball here.
Cleveland fired head coach Pat Shurmur last week after two more losing seasons, which was no surprise. The Browns had an excellent draft in 2012, highlighted by running back Trent Richardson with the No. 3 overall pick and quarterback Brandon Weeden later in the first round. Both players had solid seasons, especially for rookies in a place like Cleveland, so bringing in a hot name like Kelly would have been stellar for this sad franchise’s future.
But who’s surprised the Browns failed? Isn’t that what they’ve been doing for the past several decades? The worst part is Cleveland’s brass claimed Kelly is literally at fault for the lack of a deal, but when you have a guy like Kelly in your facility, you simply can’t let him leave without a deal in place.
The Browns dropped the ball. Plain and simple. Arguing that is about as sad as rooting for them. Hopefully they’ll get someone decent to do the job because these fans have got to be some of the more depressed in all of sports (they also root for the Cleveland Cavaliers). Kelly shouldn’t be this town’s new villain (rest in peace, Art Modell) but that’s likely the way it will be written in lowly Cleveland.