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Chip Kelly close to a deal to become next Browns head coach

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Kelly's reportedly hopping on board with Haslam. (US Presswire)

Chip Kelly makes life-changing decisions about his future in coaching faster than he calls plays apparently, as the Oregon coach, less than 24 hours removed from a decisive Fiesta Bowl victory, is close to a deal to become the next coach of the Cleveland Browns.

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reports that a deal with Kelly and the Browns is very close. One source tells Freeman the deal is "close but not done" and "could be done [Friday night] or this weekend." Ian Rapoport of NFL.com first reported the deal.

The Browns were, by all accounts, the first team to speak with Kelly following his BCS victory on Thursday. And clearly new owner Jimmy Haslam and new personnel man Joe Banner weren't going to let the Ducks coach go anywhere else.

Back in early August when Haslam took over the team, he said he was "fired up to the max" to be in charge of the Browns. But he also said that he and his ownership group planned on changing the "culture" in Cleveland.

Kelly isn't just a change, he's a culture shock. That's not a bad thing, though. Bringing in an innovative mind like Kelly is a bold move and it's a move that could pay off in spades.

Any notion that Kelly's offense won't work in the NFL is stodgy; Kelly's offense is a run-based, up-tempo attack. Plug Trent Richardson in his system and the former Alabama star is going to put up some serious numbers. With Joe Thomas at left tackle and Alex Mack at center, Kelly also has some athletic linemen to work in his system.

Brandon Weeden is a big question mark, but there are potentially other options available.

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