Chip Kelly isn’t a Cleveland Brown… now what

I just read that Oregon Coach Chip Kelly is staying with Oregon….again.  He has a knack for getting the free meal from NFL teams and then going home.  (Kind of reminds me of my high school dating career!)  With Kelly out of the picture, what do the Browns do now?

Last year, I blogged about how Colt McCoy needed more time and patience much like Alex Smith received early in his career.  Colt was benched and never saw the light of day, Alex Smith was benched this year, as well.  So take THAT under consideration as I try to make sense at 4am!

Former Arizona Cardinal Coach Ken Whisenhunt, Colts’ Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians, Former Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith, Broncos’ OC Mike McCoy, Bengals’ OC Jay Gruden, and Cardinals’ DC Ray Horton are all being discussed as potential candidates for the job.  Who is the better man for the job?  There is a reason I’m sitting hear blogging and not in Berea pouring over tapes!

I’m going to go with another correlation this year.  Let’s look at the 8 Head Coaches remaining in this years playoffs:

  • Mike Smith, Atlanta
    • No prior Head Coaching experience
    • Was Defensive Coordinator for Jacksonville Jaguars when hired.
    • Took over in 2008 after 4-12 season
    • 56-24 record
    • 11-5 first season
    • 2 Division Championships
  • John Harbaugh, Baltimore
    • No prior Head Coaching experience
    • Was Secondary/Safeties Coach for Philadelphia Eagles when hired.
    • Took over in 2008 after 5-11 season
    • 54-26 record
    • 11-5 first season
    • 3 Division Championships
  • John Fox, Denver
    • Coached Carolina Panthers for 9 seasons (73-71 record)
    • Was fired as Head Coach for Carolina Panthers when hired by Denver
    • Took over in 2011 after 4-12 season
    • 21-11 record with Denver
    • 8-8 first season
    • 5 Division Championships, 1 Conference Championship
  • Mike McCarthy, Green Bay
    • No prior Head Coaching experience
    • Was Offensive Coordinator for San Francisco when hired.
    • Took over in 2006 after 4-12 season
    • 74-38 record
    • 8-8 first season
    • 3 Division Championships, 1 Conference Championship, 1 Super Bowl
  • Gary Kubiak, Houston
    • No prior Head Coaching experience
    • Was Offensive Coordinator for Denver Broncos when hired.
    • Took over in 2006 after 2-14 season
    • 59-53 record
    • 6-10 first season
    • 2 Division Championships
  • Bill Belichick, New England
    • Coached Cleveland Browns for 5 seasons (36-44 record)
    • Was New York Jets Assistant Head Coach when hired.
    • Took over in 2000 after 8-8 season (Pete Carroll)
    • 151-57 record
    • 5-11 first season
    • 12 Division Championships, 5 Conference Championships, 3 Super Bowls
  • Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco
    • No prior Head Coaching experience
    • Was Head Coach of Stanford when hired.
    • Took over in 2011 after 6-10 season
    • 24-8 record
    • 13-3 first season
    • 2 Division Championships
  • Pete Carroll, Seattle
    • Coached New York Jets 1 season, New England Patriots 3 seasons (33-31)
    • Was Head Coach of USC when hired.
    • Took over in 2010 after 5-11 season
    • 25-23 record
    • 7-9 first season
    • 2 Division Championships

To take a page from the Olympics scoring, if you remove the highest and lowest of each of the following, here are your averages for the coaches

  • Years Experience:  1.5 (5 without any)
  • Years on the Job:  4.8
  • First year record:  8-8

So, Mr. Haslam and Mr. Banner, experience is NOT a must for consideration.  Your first year may be between 13-3 and 5-11.  And the Coach MUST have 5 years to see the stability for the results on the field.

My ranting didn’t do any good for McCoy last year.  Probably won’t do any good this year.  But at least WE know the numbers we may be facing for the next 5 years!

GO BROWNS!

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