Oct.8 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Doug Marrone waits in the tunnel before their game against the Tulane Green Wave at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Rapport: Doug Marrone and Chip Kelly "Neck and Neck" For Browns Job


Ian Rapport is tweeting that he has talked to multiple sources and that Syracuse Doug Marrone and Oregon coach Chip Kelly are “neck and neck” for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job. The tweet went as follows:


Frankly, I would take this tweet as serious as I advised you to take the tweet of him staying at Syracuse. Until we hear a word from the head coach himself, take everything you read with a grain of salt, including this. It is absolutely exhausting to watch this all play out, but for Syracuse football fans this is all we have. Without a statement from Doug Marrone or Daryl Gross, fans are forced to follow speculation and rumors for their news, rather than hearing something straight from the source.

Whether or not a decision will be made in Cleveland over the weekend is unknown, but it really appears to me that this is Chip Kelly’s job unless he doesn’t want it. It appeared that the Browns were on the verge of a deal with Kelly, but rumors are swirling that a second interview was conducted with Marrone once Kelly decided to interview with the Philadelphia Eagles. Assuming these reports are all accurate (and skepticism should be applied in all of these cases), it seems that if Kelly declines the Cleveland job for Philadelphia, Marrone will be the Browns next head coach.

I think I share a similar belief with Syracuse fans when I say I just want this all to be over with one way or the other, so the Syracuse football team can move on and figure out it’s next move, whatever that may be. This is a critical upcoming season for the Orange, and they are going to need a strong head coach to lead them in to the ACC. Doug Marrone is absolutely a strong coach that fans would want to be guiding this football team, but if it isn’t going to happen Daryl Gross needs to make a move to get a strong head coach.

Who that may be is anyone’s guess. Keep in mind that none of these reports are official, and the only thing being accomplished here is blogger speculation plain and simple. As far as confirmed reports from the teams themselves go, Marrone has interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills. Anything else you read or hear are either through sources that are anonymous, or are speculation/rumors. I’ll keep you up to date on any rumor/speculation/report that I find to be somewhat credible.

The end of this tweet is absolutely correct… #STAYTUNED

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