I’ve been hesitating on posting something since I just knew Chip would make an announcement at any second. Hasn’t happened. Here are the reports as of now. Chris Mortensen said that the Browns are out and the decision is down to Oregon and the Eagles. Peter King confirmed that. Jason Cole said he’s heard that the Browns are probably out, but the situation remains fluid.
The feeling among most writers is that Kelly is leaning toward staying at Oregon. Say what? It does make some sense. Kelly makes around $4M per year right now. He’s worshiped by much of the state. He has no owner or GM to answer to. His players aren’t millionaires with a sense of entitlement. If Chip doesn’t like a player now, he can bench him and go with the young guy. That won’t kill you vs Washington State. You can’t do that in the NFL.
Chip also may feel there is unfinished business in terms of winning a national title. He lost to Auburn in the title game a couple of years back. His team this year lost just one game and that was in overtime. He’s got a stud Freshman QB and the future looks good.
I don’t think Chip’s hesitation is due to not wanting to come to the Eagles. Sure sounds like Jeff Lurie and Howie Roseman got his attention yesterday. When a lunch meeting turns into a 9-hour marathon session, you can bet that the 2 parties are getting along and things are going pretty well.
We can only guess at why Chip is hesitating. This is a huge decision for him and I don’t blame him for taking some time. I’d have been nervous if he chose a team early yesterday. You want Chip to make a sound decision and one that he can remain committed to. Guys like Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino took NFL jobs and quickly realized they wanted to go back to college.
In an ideal world, you’d give Chip a few days to make up his mind. Unfortunately, I don’t think that works. The interviews between the Eagles and candidates have to be affected by Kelly’s non-committal. You’d really like to have an answer by tonight so you can make your plans accordingly. I also wonder if Chip being hesitant makes you question whether he does want to head to the NFL. Everyone expects him to go to the NFL, but he’s got to make that move because he truly wants to and it’s not just to see how his ideas would work there.
I don’t know how this will turn out. Or when it will end. Stay tuned.
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Someone had a report up that the Eagles were trying to lure Kelly to Philly by talking about Vick and the speedy receivers being such a good fit for his offense. I hope to god that is a bogus report. If they’re selling Chip on that, we’re in trouble.
Chip has had big WRs in Oregon, not speed guys. His receivers must block and catch the ball downfield. As for Vick, I’ve covered him a lot already in regard to Kelly. Chip would love his mobility, but that doesn’t mean he’s an ideal fit. Chip needs more than just a mobile guy.
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The Eagles have left Arizona and are in Denver today to meet with Broncos OC Mike McCoy.
That’s gotta be a little bit weird since the Kelly situation remains up in the air. The two sides have to proceed as if the situation is wide open.
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Doug Marrone is off the board. The Bills hired him this morning. Great move by them.
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SEA vs WAS. We can’t lose. If the Skins win, we’re free to totally chase after Gus Bradley at our convenience. If the Skins lose…the Skins lose. We can still talk to Bradley, but his schedule would be much more restricted.