Looks like Browns have their man

Looks like Browns have their man
January 5, 2013, 1:00 am
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Duck, Duck, Browns.

It appears one of college football’s hottest coaching commodities is coming to the AFC North. Oregon’s Chip Kelly reportedly is set to become head coach of the Browns.

Kelly — the most NFL-coveted coach in college football behind Alabama’s Nick Saban — is close to a deal with Cleveland, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is reporting. This information comes from “a source informed of his situation.” (You’d certainly hate to get the word from a source uninformed of his situation.)

Kelly met with Browns brass on Friday — owner Jimmy Haslam and chief executive Joe Banner — after which Kelly’s scheduled meeting with the Eagles about their head coach opening reportedly became unscheduled. The Associated Press said the Eagles took Chip off their block because he seemed so close to a deal in Cleveland.

And another report — this from a Cleveland radio station — said that backup quarterback Colt McCoy was told a week ago he is “in the next head coach’s plans.” Which, of course, makes you wonder about what Kelly has in mind for this season’s starting QB and first-round draft choice, Brandon Weeden.

Kelly has a 46-7 record with Oregon, and he has a reputation for inventive offense. And not to put a damper on anything, but we seem to remember a certain old ball coach who had a similarly sterling college record and reputation for offensive innovation for whom things didn’t work out too well down the road with Washington.

(H/T to Pro Football Talk.)