Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie pulled the rug out from head coach Chip Kelly with just one game to go this season, firing him after three years with the club. Kelly was moderately successful in his first two years as the team's head coach, compiling a 10-6 record in each of them.
This year, though, the Eagles are just 6-9 and were eliminated from playoff contention in one of the worst divisions in football this past Sunday. This past offseason, Kelly really went all-out with making drastic moves to alter the personnel on his roster, including acquiring quarterback Sam Bradford, linebacker Kiko Alonso, and running back DeMarco Murray, while shipping LeSean McCoy off to Buffalo. Kelly's usage of personnel and general demeanor wore thin on the locker room, though, and Lurie had seen enough.
The news is relevant because three years ago, after the Browns fired head coach Pat Shurmur, then-CEO Joe Banner pushed very hard to bring Kelly to the Browns. At one point, a report said that Kelly had agreed to become the Browns' head coach, but it turned out to be erroneous. It appeared like Kelly was headed back to college before he agreed to join the Eagles. The Browns then settled for Rob Chudzinski as their next head coach.
Funny enough, the Browns were originally trying to replace Shurmur with Kelly, and now it is Shurmur who will replace Kelly on an interim basis for Week 17 for the Eagles' matchup against the Giants.
Per Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Kelly wants to stay in the NFL:
Just talked to Chip Kelly, disappointed how it ended but knows it's a results-oriented biz. Insists he wants to remain in the NFL, not college. Was pulled into mtg w owner, said he didn't fight the decision.
If the Browns have a head coaching vacancy, do you hope Jimmy Haslam rushes out to score Kelly, or should the Browns stay far away?