Sunday, December 17, 2017

Browns have obstacles in landing Kelly

CLEVELAND — The Browns may be in an unexpected fight over Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

Cleveland awaited a second meeting with Kelly, the Ducks' offensive mastermind, on Saturday to try to complete a deal to make him coach. But Kelly kept a scheduled interview with the Eagles that carried into the night, delaying the Browns' efforts.

Kelly and his representatives met with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner on Friday in Arizona — reportedly for seven hours. The sides parted company without a deal but with the Browns looking like the favorite

Kelly, 49, also met with the Bills on Friday

But Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman might make a hard push at Kelly to steal him away from the Browns. The Browns' Banner spent 19 seasons with Philadelphia, the past 12 as president, but left the club last year and has had a falling out with Lurie, a longtime friend.

Kelly nearly jumped to the pros last year with the Bucs but returned to Oregon, where he has been coach since 2009.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia continued interviews in Arizona. In a statement, the team said Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley were among those interviewed. The Associated Press also reported that Syracuse coach Doug Marrone will meet with the Eagles.

Rivera keeps job

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ron Rivera will return as coach of the Panthers after Carolina's strong finish. Team spokesman Charlie Dayton said Rivera met with owner Jerry Richardson on Saturday morning and was told he will return for a third season. Rivera has two years on his contract. "He's going about normal preparations for next season," Dayton said. The Panthers missed the playoffs but won their last four to finish 7-9 after a 1-6 start.

BEARS: General manager Phil Emery is scheduled to interview Marc Trestman, a former NFL assistant who is the head coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, for the vacant coaching job, the NFL Network reported.

CHIEFS: Andy Reid's deal to coach the team is for five years, the Associated Press reported. The Chiefs have a news conference scheduled Monday. AP also reported that Reid had already begun assembling his staff.

JETS: Tom Gamble, the 49ers' director of player personnel, is the front-runner for the GM job in New York, Newsday reported. ESPN reported that Gamble canceled a scheduled second interview with the Jaguars.


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