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Let's Say the Cleveland Browns Get the No. 1 Pick. Would Chip Kelly Leave Oregon for Cleveland?

Jimmy Haslam, the new owner of the Cleveland Browns, went on The Fan in Cleveland, and was asked, among other things, about the team’s 2012 1st round draft pick, Brandon Weeden. With a new owner, a soon-to-be new President, a likely new GM and new head coach … yeah, you can see where I’m going here:

Do you consider Brandon Weeden the quarterback of the future?:

“I think it’s to be determined, and I think Brandon understands that. He’s making good progress. I was really proud of him the other day. He got dinged up a little bit, came back in, completed 8 of 9 passes and made some clutch throws at clutch times. That’s what good quarterbacks do, they win the game at the end, and I thought Brandon played exceptionally well. … If you go back to the first game, he’s made marked improvement.”

Scenario: Cleveland fires coach Pat Shurmur. (That is expected.) The Browns finish 2-14 or 3-13 and end up with the No. 1 pick in the April draft. The Oregon Ducks defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide (or Notre Dame!) to win the National title.

Do the Browns go after the hottest coach in College Football who hasn’t given the NFL a shot yet?

Last January, Chip Kelly came very close to leaving Oregon for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Unless something changed in nine months, Kelly’s buyout is only $3.75 million, which is paltry compared to others who haven’t had his success in recent years.

What are the chances Kelly would bolt for the Cleveland Browns, where he could handpick the QB he wants – Geno Smith? – to run his exciting offense? Before you ask how said offense might translate to the pros, well, Kelly met with Bill Belichick in the offseason, and the results so far this year have been positive for Patriots.

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