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Oregon coach will have options

CLEVELAND — The Browns, seeking a new coach, might try to strike quickly to get Chip Kelly. But they reportedly will have competition for the Oregon coach.

Kelly, whose up-tempo offense has captured the attention of several NFL teams and maintained the Ducks' status as a national power, is near the top of Cleveland's list of candidates to replace the fired Pat Shurmur.

Browns CEO Joe Banner already is in Arizona and intends to talk to Kelly, whose Ducks face Kansas State in tonight's Fiesta Bowl. The interview could happen as soon as Friday.

However, the Bills and Eagles also have scheduled interviews with Kelly, USA Today reported. Dates were not reported.

Banner and new Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam made it clear their next coach will have final say on the team's roster, a perk that could entice Kelly. Cleveland also must replace fired general manager Tom Heckert. But Banner said it's possible the Browns will hire a player personnel director instead.

Kelly, who last offseason turned down an offer from the Bucs, has deflected questions about his future all week. He did so again Wednesday, when he was asked if he expects to be contacted by NFL teams in the days ahead.

"I don't expect anything," said Kelly, 45-7 in four seasons at Oregon. "I said this a million times. I'm never surprised by anything. I do not know what the future holds. I do know we have a football game (tonight), and I'm going to be there."

The Browns on Tuesday interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, an African-American who said his meeting with the team was "fantastic."

Horton's interview satisfies the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to speak with a minority candidates for coaching and senior football operation positions.

More coaching: Reid also has options

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs courted former Eagles coach Andy Reid as they search for a replacement for the fired Romeo Crennel.

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt met with Reid in Philadelphia, the Associated Press and espn.com reported. The reports came a day after espn.com and Phoenix's KTVK-TV reported Reid could be hired as Cardinals coach as early as this weekend.

The Cardinals have said only that Reid, fired Monday after 14 seasons as Philadelphia's coach, is scheduled to interview this week.

Bears: Pete Carmichael, who ran the Saints offense in the absence of suspended coach Sean Payton, interviewed for the vacancy, profootballtalk.com.

Bills: Horton was interviewed for the coaching vacancy Wednesday evening. It comes one day after the team interviewed Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired as Cardinals coach this week. And Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is scheduled to interview this weekend, the Associated Press reported.

Falcons: Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, whose name surfaced as a coaching candidate for the Browns, Chiefs and Eagles, signed a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed, and Koetter was unavailable for comment.

Jets: The team has not decided the status of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, the Associated Press reported. New York media previously reported he would be fired after one season.

Chargers GM search: Jimmy Raye, San Diego's director of player personnel, became the first to interview to replace the fired A.J. Smith.

Oregon coach will have options 01/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 10:01pm]
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