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Chip Kelly says that reports about him being the head coach of the Cleveland Browns were "erroneous" -- funny, he said same thing about Tampa Bay last year.
Back in January, it sounded like a done deal that former Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly would be headed to the Cleveland Browns. Obviously, that didn't end up happening. When Kelly was asked about those "reports" at the NFL Combine, he said that they were "erroneous." He added, "that's a quote from Wedding Crashers."
Maybe Kelly needs to get some new material. He also thought it was funny last year, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thought he was going to become their head coach:
Chip Kelly "When I kept hearing these reports I kept thinking of Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers. 'Erroneous! Erroneous on all accounts!'"— Jerry Kerr (@Jerry_Kerr) January 27, 2012
Sure, the media often overreacts to certain things and are erroneous. In Kelly's case, he balked twice before settling with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jeff Schudel, who covers the Browns for The News-Herald, wasn't blown away by Kelly in his first encounter with him:
My first reaction after 10 minutes with Chip Kelly is the #Browns are better off with Rob Chudzinski.— Jeff Schudel (@jsbrownsinsider) February 21, 2013
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, Kelly said that he just thought Philadelphia was the best fit. "If I was going to go anywhere, it was going to be Philadelphia," stated Kelly. Kelly would not comment on why Philadelphia was a better fit than Cleveland, though.
According to various tweets, Kelly also continued to praise former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired to be Philadelphia's offensive coordinator. Speaking about Shurmur, Kelly said that he is "very intelligent" and that they share the same philosophies with the passing offense.
"We seemed to hit it off right away. Extremely intelligent. Very well thought-out, very detail-oriented -- It was just a good fit. There were just a lot of really well-qualified candidates, but it just seemed like we clicked right away. To have a guy in the office right next to you to be able to kind of run things by, 'did this ever come up when you were sitting in that chair?' He's been fantastic. We've been together about three weeks now, really just kind of putting things together, his thoughts, my thoughts, and all of our guys on the offensive side of the ball. When we meet, we've had really productive meetings, just trying to get some thoughts on paper and put together a playbook."
If that is indeed the impression that Kelly got from the interview, then he'll be in for a world of a surprise when it's game-time.