Chip Kelly wavered and the Browns brass has decided to go in another direction. Some say the previous statement is just spin to cover up Haslam and Banner's failure but I think those are just harsh words from a jaded fan base. Yes, Kelly was our clear first choice but he was anything but an easy target. Kelly has a very good job at Oregon and understandably he has some second thoughts about leaving. I was initially bummed about the Kelly situation. Thinking about the offensive possibilities is intoxicating but the last thing we need is a coach that isn't 100 percent committed. I for one can see Kelly regretting his decision at the first sign of adversity and probably losing his team in the process. As all of us know winning in the NFL is not easy and if Kelly has any doubts about his ability to win in the league then that should be a huge red flag. If Kelly is not 100 percent convinced he can lead an NFL team than how can we expect grown men to buy into his system? It is hard to move on once you have your heart set on something, but if that something isn't exactly what you need than you have to look elsewhere. Kelly knew the Browns wanted to ink a deal but couldn't make up his mind, so how can we fault Banslam for moving on. We have seen what happens when college coaches take NFL jobs that they are not ready for, or unsure about. Saban, Spurrier, and Petrino were huge mistakes and for all we know the Chip Kelly experiment could have ended similarly.
It sounds like Whisenhunt maybe the new favorite and I am lukewarm on him but he did do well when he had a QB. I for one am in love with the Seahawks team and would love to see us go after the OC. I love the way that Pete Carroll has constructed his team and went against conventional wisdom to fulfill his vision. Obviously, finding Russell Wilson was huge but the way they have used Lynch really makes me believe we could replicate them with TRich. I guess my hope would be that some of Carroll's personnel magic would have rubbed off on Darrell Bevell and that his offense would be a perfect fit for what we have. Whatever direction our coaching search goes from here I believe it is important to move on from Chip Kelly and have patience and faith that we will get the right guy. The talent and ownership are in place and now we just gotta find the coach to take us to the next level.
In reading through a lot of the threads on DBN there is a clear division on the new ownership. Some are pissed at the all the firings because of all the talent that H&H were able to add. On the other hand some are happy to have an owner that finally gives a rip. I can't really be mad at someone who spends a billion dollars on team for doing a little house cleaning. H&H did some good things but for whatever reason the wins just never came. I certainly think that Haslam gives us a better chance for sustained success. I've seen arguments that say by giving the team to Holmgren that, Lerner was in fact being a good owner. All I can say is that H&H getting fired is all on Lerner. The man never cared about this team and sold this team without caring about the future of this franchise. I think Heckert did a very good job of turning over this roster adding both depth and talent. I am grateful for good players that we have but that regime is over and now its up to Banslam to find the right coach. My hope is that the constant bickering over decisions/circumstances that can't be changed will die off and that thoughts/ideas for improvement will instead fill up the threads of DBN.
I'm sure many will find this post crude but please be kind with your criticism.