Chip Kelly won’t be packing his visor or high-powered offense and joining the Cleveland Browns – or any other NFL team.
There were multiple reports Sunday night that Kelly had decided to stay at Oregon.
Kelly, who turned down Tampa Bay’s job deep into negotiations last season, is reportedly staying in the college game at Oregon, where he has built the Ducks into a national power.
A person familiar with Cleveland’s coaching search said the team decided not to hire Oregon’s offensive wizard, who nearly reached an agreement with the Browns on Friday. The 49-year-old Kelly was indecisive about making the jump to the NFL and the Browns decided to move on to other candidates.
While waiting to meet with Kelly before the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona last week, the Browns interviewed former Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Syracuse’s Doug Marrone and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien.
Marrone accepted Buffalo’s coaching vacancy on Sunday, and O’Brien decided to stay with the Nittany Lions. The interview of Horton satisfies the NFL’s Rooney Rule for minority candidates.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles took their coaching search committee to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday. Philadelphia also plans to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
The Chicago Bears also reportedly met with McCoy on Sunday in Denver.