One day after his Oregon Ducks destroyed the Kansas State Wildcats to win the Fiesta Bowl, Chip Kelly appears to be close to becoming an NFL head coach.
According to a report from ProFootballTalk, Chip Kelly and the Cleveland Browns appear to be close to a deal making Kelly the new head coach. Kelly has been the most sought after coach this offseason and had been the Browns number one target since firing Pat Shurmur on Monday.
New Browns owner Jimmy Haslem has said that he will spend whatever it takes to land the offensive minded Kelly in Cleveland. Kelly's offense scheme has worked wonders at Oregon and the Browns are hoping that his gameplan will help an offense that sputtered a lot this season.
Kelly is 46-7 in four seasons in Eugene and has led the Oregon Ducks to three straight 12 win seasons. In Kelly's second season, the Ducks fell just short of winning the programs first National Championship. If Kelly is hired by Cleveland, it will be Kelly's first job at any capacity in the NFL.
Hurricane Sandy may have crippled the Eastern Seaboard, but it looks like Cleveland had to deal with an odd situation caused by the "superstorm".
Sandy caused bits and pieces of the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium to be thrown out of Lake Erie and wash ashore in nearby Bratenahl, Ohio.
Why was the wreckage of the stadium in Lake Erie you ask? Simple. When the former home of the Cleveland Browns was demolished in 1996, the debris from the stadium was deposited into Lake Erie to create three artificial reefs.
It could have been from Sandy, but I think it was the ghost of Art Modell seeking revenge on the city. Maybe, I don't know, I'm just asking the questions.
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is already the oldest rookie in the NFL at the ripe old age of 29, but, according to the Cleveland Browns, Weeden is actually 129 years old. Not only is that old for a football player, but that is old for anybody.
That explains why Weeden isn't playing very well. Maybe.
Former Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Harrison is suffering from post-tumor seizures, according to former teammate Josh Cribbs.
When the Detroit Lions traded the running back back to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team doctors discovered a brain tumor. The trade was nullified and Harrison was sent back to the Lions.
While talking about his own recovery from a recent concussion, Josh Cribbs told MLive.com, "...I still go over to his house every now and then and talk to him. He's doing pretty bad. He's in and out of the hospital with seizures...". Cribbs also mentioned that his family wants him to retire from football so he doesn't end up like Harrison.
"She wants me to get a CAT scan, especially with what happened to (Harrison)." Cribbs told MLive.com.
Harrison's agent told the Lions' website that Harrison was "progressing with his recovery". Harrison is still on the Lions' Reserve/Non-Football Illness list.
We wish Jerome the best and a quick recovery.
After the Patriots lost a thrilling and frustrating game to the Baltimore Ravens, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was seen grabbing a referee as he was exiting the field.
Belichick wanted the refs to review the game winning field goal by Justin Tucker, but rules state that if a ball goes over the uprights, it is not a reviewable call.
Belichick is looking at the very least a fine and maybe, and probably deservedly, a suspension. However you feel about the replacement refs, you shouldn't grab one like that and Belichick should have known better.
"Oh, boy, that's a few bucks" said NBC announcer Al Michaels. His partner in the booth, Cris Collinsworth added, "I can't believe Bill Belichick just did that"
It was a frustrating game for both teams as Belichick and Ravens coach John Harbaugh both screamed at the refs for questionable calls.
The NFL and the regular refs need to hash out their differences before this season gets completely out of hand.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey was carted off the field after a helmet to helmet hit with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy.
Mundy was not penalized for the hit.
Heyward-Bey was running across the end zone when Mundy threw himself towards Heyward-Bey and hit him right in the facemask. Heyward-Bey's neck jerked violently and his head slammed into the O.co Coliseum turf.
Heyward-Bey's eyes were closed for about 10 minutes as Raiders trainers attended to him. He was then placed on a stretcher with his head strapped down. He raised his hand as we was being carted away.
Heyward-Bey is currently in the hospital. No word on his condition at this time.
Maybe this should have been a sign of things to come for Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.
During the pregame ceremonies, Weeden was trapped underneath a huge American flag being draped across the field. Weeden tried to get out of the way, but it was too late as he was soon immersed by the gigantic flag.
Weeden's day didn't get much better as he went 12-35, 118 yards passing, and threw four picks, but the Browns almost pulled off the upset against the Eagles (Vick didn't fare much better).
Welcome to the NFL, Brandon.
Maryland politician Emmett C. Burns has sent the Baltimore Ravens a letter to tell linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo to "cease and desist" his gay marriage advocacy.
Burns, a four term Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, said that he was "appalled and aghast" with Ayanbadejo's "injurious actions".
The letter, obtained by Baltimore station WBAL, was addressed to owner Steve Bisciotti and says that many Ravens fans and Burns constituents are upset with Ayanbadejo's stance and that football players should focus on the game rather than social and political issues.
Ayanbadejo took to his Twitter, @brendon310, and said, "Football is just my job it's not who I am. I am an American before anything. And just like every American I have the right to speak!!!"
Ravens officials have said that they are aware of the letter, but have no further comment.
Burns is also a pastor for the Rising Sun First Baptist Church, a church that he founded, and has been a vocal opponent of gay marriage since it was legalized in Maryland earlier this year. The bill faces a referendum vote this November.
Burns has also said that he would drop his support of President Obama after the President came out and supported gay marriage.
Maybe Burns has a point by saying that players shouldn't speak up on issues considering they are probably the last people you want to hear from, but what Ayanbadejo is doing is very admirable. He is speaking up for the growing number of people who support gay marriage and he has a right to do so and should keep doing it.
Del. Burns, in case you haven't known, we have a thing called the First Amendment rights and Ayanbadejo has a right, no matter how much you disagree with him, to say whatever he wants on this issue and you nor Bisciotti are going to stop him.
Keep fighting the good fight, Brendon.
Pittsburgh Steelers fullback David Johnson is out for the season after tearing his ACL in the first quarter of the Steelers opening preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Coach Mike Tomlin referred to the injury as a "significant knee inury" and the loss of Johnson creates a huge hole for the Steelers. Johnson was going to play both fullback and tight end this upcoming season.
The Steelers now have only one fullback on their roster, Will Johnson, an undrafted rookie from West Virginia.
To make matters worse, the Steelers lost the game, 24-23, to their cross state rivals.
According to sources, the Cleveland Browns are close to being sold to a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslem is said to be close to buying the team from Randy Lerner. The Steelers have confirmed the discussions but did not comment any further.
One of the contingents of the sale is that the team has to have "a complete and unconditional personal assurance that the team can never be moved from the city of Cleveland."
Other details about the potential deal were not yet known.
Browns owner Randy Lerner issue a statement that read:
"In connection with current rumors and press inquiries, I can report that I’ve been approached by Mr. Jimmy Haslam, who is interested in making an investment in the Cleveland Browns.
"We are currently in negotiations and both sides have agreed to keep that dialogue and its details private.
"Given that any transaction would require League approval, care has been taken so that this process will not be disruptive to the organization, in particular the football team, as it prepares for the upcoming season.
"We will share further details or make an announcement if it becomes necessary."
The Lerners have owned the Browns since the team came back into the league in 1999. Randy Lerner took over the team when family patriarch, Ed, died in 2002.
Jimmy Haslem owns and operates Pilot Travel Centers out of Knoxville, Tennessee and has been a minority owner of the Steelers since 2008.
Pilot Travel Centers are the largest operator of truck stops and travel centers in the US.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace will not report to camp amid his contract dispute with the team.
Wallace was supposed to move into his dorm room by 3PM at the Steelers training camp in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and take part in conditioning tests.
Wallace was offered a one year, $2.7 million tender from the Steelers. He has not signed it and has not taken part in any offseason drills with the team.
"Obviously, we have a desire for him to be here," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. "We want him to be part of this thing, both short-term and long-term. We've been in negotiations with him. He's not here today. That's unfortunate for him."
The Steelers have already lost Hines Ward to retirement, so Wallace will sorely be missed by the Steelers. Although there has been rumblings that a long term deal was in the works.
Wallace was a Pro Bowl starter last season ranking 11th in receiving yards with 1,193 and he led the league in yards-per-catch with 21 yards per catch in 2010.
The NFL Network has reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers are planning on not bringing back long time Steelers receiver Hines Ward for the 2012 season.
Ward, 35, was scheduled to make $4 million next season, but told Steelers management that he was willing to take a pay cut to stay in Pittsburgh. The Steelers had to make a decision by March 1 because of a clause in his contract.
Ward lost his starting job this past season and had his lowest numbers in just about every receiving category since his rookie season in 1998.
When asked about his future at the Super Bowl media center, he said he planned on playing next season, but when asked about three to five years in the future, he said, "I don't know about that long."
Ward holds every major Steelers receiving record with 1,000 receptions, 12,083 yards, and 85 touchdowns.