So….about all that.
As I’m sure all of you know from scouring Twitter late into the night, the Eagles met with Chip Kelly late into Saturday night and seemingly arrived at the same end the Browns found themselves in a day (and night) before. Basically by not “closing the deal” with Kelly and allowing to visit with the Eagles, the Browns have either risked losing their top coaching candidate or in a best case scenario, have just allowed themselves to pay Kelly a LOT more money.
Either way, the clear MVP in all of this is easily David Dunn, Kelly’s agent and reported “friend” of Joe Banner – for whatever that is worth. By possibly floating the idea that the Browns and Kelly were soon to be a marriage, then having Kelly visit with the Eagles, Dunn has just created a level of competition that may not have previously existed. Either way, Kelly is about to get seriously paid by one of these teams.
In the meantime, the Browns find themselves a bit stuck if Kelly signs with the Eagles or returns to Oregon. The presumed “other” candidate, Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, was locked up by the Bills – leaving a host of retreads such as Ken Wisenhunt, Lovie Smith and other non-Chip Kelly NFL assistants left for secondary interviews.
Anyway, before we regress into the typical “woe is me” defeatist Cleveland attitude, it’s worth stating that at least the current management team is involved in big-boy business and is targeting what appears to be the hottest coaching candidate. Although it may not appear as such, this is a vast improvement over what came before.
However, at least in the event that Kelly doesn’t land in Cleveland, it’s not like either Banner or Haslam will escape unscathed. Rod of Disaster presents a case that sees Banner as fumbling a golden opportunity. Check the COMMENTS section for his take (found in Friday’s post).
Until something actually happens, just remember that things could always be worse.
And always remember that the NFL is governed by money. Lots and lots of money.