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The Browns need to worry about the Browns

chip kelly eaglesThe Philadelphia Eagles hired Oregon coach Chip Kelly on Wednesday, surprising, well, pretty much everyone.

The hiring’s impact rippled all the way to Cleveland, where Browns fans were as bipolar as always with reactions ranging from betrayal that Kelly chose the Eagles over the hometown Browns, to anger at Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner for not being able to “seal the deal” with the skittish Kelly.

The reality, however, is that the Kelly hiring should have absolutely no impact on the Browns – just because the Eagles sneezed doesn’t mean the Browns have to catch the flu.

To find out what this all means, visit The Cleveland Fan.

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Haslam learning some hard truths about the NFL

Joe Banner press conferenceA bottle of white, a bottle of red
Perhaps a bottle of rose instead
We’ll get a table near the street
In our old familiar place
You and I, face to face

After what reportedly turned into a lost weekend in Arizona, it looks like Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is learning some hard truths about the NFL, mainly that a fat wallet is no guarantee of success and that this whole ownership thing may be harder than it looks.

And Browns fans, once again, are left to wonder why, exactly, it is going to be different this time.

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Chip Kelly is intriguing, but questions still remain

2013_01_chip_kelly_brownsWith Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner reportedly in Arizona waiting for their turn to bend a knee and kiss the visor of Oregon coach Chip Kelly, it seems like a good time to look at what Browns fans are in store for if the team makes Kelly the franchise’s sixth head coach since 1999.

So what do we know about Kelly?

He’s 45-7 in four seasons at Oregon, where the Ducks play a highly entertaining brand of offensive football at a high pace, averaging more than 50 points a game. By spreading the field, Oregon forces opposing defenses to defend the entire field – not just the area between the tackles.

The Ducks averaged 84.4 offensive plays a game this season; the average NFL team is at 66.8.

Kelly’s frenetic approach also applies to practice, allowing the Ducks to get in more repetitions than other teams in the same amount of time.

Several NFL teams, most notably New England, have adopted parts of Kelly’s offensive system – not the whole system, but parts of it (that’s a key point).

There’s one more thing – Kelly has never spent a single minute, in any capacity, in the NFL.

And that should be reason enough to give Browns fans pause before they go all-in on Kelly as the next coach.

We start to sort out the Chip Kelly question at The Cleveland Fan.

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