Chip Kelly 'close' to becoming Browns coach, per report

Doug Pensinger

The Browns have just one winning season in the last 10 years and haven't made the playoffs since 2002 but they're hoping that will change if Chip Kelly, the Oregon coach, is hired.

Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly is close to reaching a deal to become the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and NFL Network.

Kelly, 49, has served as the head coach at Oregon since the 2009 season and was the team's offensive coordinator for the two seasons prior. He had coaching experience at New Hampshire, Johns Hopkins and Columbia in the 17 seasons prior.

On Monday, the Browns fired general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur after the team finished with a 5-11 record. The Browns' offense ranked No. 24 in the NFL in points scored and No. 25 in yardage gained. The team has just one winning season in the last 10 years, but has not made the playoffs since 2002.

Kelly had also reportedly received interest from the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles for their head coaching vacancies.

Oregon defeated Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night, 35-17.

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