On “Black Monday,” the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert after another disappointing season. Shurmur finished the season with a lowly 5-11 record and last place in the AFC North. His departure was inevitable, as the coaching in Cleveland has not been up to par this year.
Now the question is who will replace the ousted head coach?
There are many options for the Browns job, but if the front office is serious about the rebuilding process, then they will do everything in their power to woo Chip Kelly away from college football and into the NFL.
This is a must.
Kelly is currently the head coach at the University of Oregon and has posted a 45-7 record with the team.
Let that sink in.
He has been coaching the Ducks for four years. They have been to a BCS Bowl Game in every single year he has been with the college. Kelly has coached this team to two Rose Bowls, a Fiesta Bowl and a BCS National Championship.
He has numerous coaching awards on his shelf.
Kelly has turned raw high school prospects into high caliber players. He runs a dynamic offense that blurs your television screen seemingly every year.
Yes, college kids graduate, but Kelly’s system has been so successful that Oregon has been one of the top scoring offenses in college football every season that he has been a head coach.
With the read-option growing more popular in the NFL and fast-paced offenses becoming the name of the game, Kelly in Cleveland could become a match that is successful for both parties.
We have established that Kelly has some very impressive credentials, but could he work with the Browns?
The short answer is yes!
This season, Cleveland started a rookie quarterback, running back and wide receiver. All three of those players became offensive leaders in the Dawg Pound.
That was under Shurmur, who failed to develop these prospects well.
Think about how great Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden and Josh Gordon could be under the tutelage of Kelly.
This is a man who has spent his whole career molding college kids and these three stars are only a year removed from college.
Some might argue that it would be tough for Weeden to learn two systems in as many years but the Oklahoma State product is (relatively) young. This might be the last system he ever has to learn presuming Kelly works out.
If Chip is hired early, Weeden will have more than enough time in the offseason to learn the playbook that made the Oregon Ducks so successful.
Even others might argue that Kelly wouldn’t want to come to the lowly Browns. Why not?
Cleveland is loaded with young talent that Kelly would love. Plus, he gets to bring home a fat NFL paycheck.
This is a match made in heaven.
Kelly could work with all the rookies and sophomores currently employed with the Browns and bring out the best of their raw talent.
There is a ton of raw talent in Cleveland, and the Oregon head coach is the perfect man to shape those skills and morph them into wins.
Chip Kelly would bring excitement back in a city starved for sports success. Plus, he would allow Cleveland to finally compete in the AFC North.
Jimmy Haslam, please make this happen.