Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Report: Kelly again staying at Oregon

CLEVELAND — The Browns moved on in their coaching search without Chip Kelly.

Turns out Kelly isn't moving at all.

The Ducks coach, who had drawn heavy interest from the Browns and at least an interview from the Eagles, decided to stay at Oregon after flirting with the NFL for the second year in a row, espn.com reported Sunday night.

Last season, Kelly was deep in negotiations when he turned down the Bucs job that Greg Schiano wound up taking.

The Associated Press reported earlier Sunday that Cleveland was no longer considering Kelly, whose high-powered offense has helped Oregon become a national power. Reports said he was not comfortable leaving college.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner returned to Cleveland to continue searching for the club's sixth fulltime coach since 1999. ESPN's Chris Mortensen was the first to report Kelly wasn't signing with Cleveland.

Kelly, 49, had a long interview with the Eagles on Saturday night. The Eagles and Browns were the only teams known to have interviewed him, ESPN reported.

One candidate that the Browns spoke to, Doug Marrone of Syracuse, took the Bills' vacancy, AP reported.

The Browns will now consider other candidates they've met. Haslam and Banner have spoken to (at least) former Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, and Penn State's Bill O'Brien, who has said he will remain at the school. Haslam also could make a run at Alabama coach Nick Saban after tonight's BCS title game.

In other coaching news:

• In Buffalo, Marrone is set to replace Chan Gailey; espn.com first reported that Marrone was tabbed. Syracuse was Marrone's first head coaching job. He has seven years in the NFL: Saints offensive coordinator from 2006-08 and Jets offensive line coach from 2002-05.

• The Eagles took their search to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. They also plan to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley this week.

• The Cardinals said they would interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, the younger brother of former Bucs and Raiders coach Jon Gruden. Jay Gruden was a Bucs assistant under his brother and a former player for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton was interviewed last week. The team has also received permission to speak to Steelers offensive coordinator and former Chiefs coach Todd Haley.

• The Bears will interview Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, ESPN reported. And AP reported that the team met with McCoy to discuss its vacancy.

BENGALS: Safety Robert Sands, who spent the season on injured reserve, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife, Cincinnati TV station WLWT reported.

VIKINGS: Defensive end Jared Allen will have surgery on a torn labrum, he told ESPN radio in Minnesota.

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