Chip Kelly wouldn’t jump.
Oregon’s visor-wearing coach isn’t going to Cleveland, and, according to a report, will stay in Eugene to coach the Ducks.
Two people with knowledge of the decision confirmed Sunday night that Kelly is passing up a chance to coach in the NFL.
One person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Oregon and Kelly haven’t formally announced the decision, while the other person wasn’t authorized to reveal Kelly’s plans. The decision was first reported by ESPN.
Kelly had lengthy interviews this weekend with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, and also talked to the Buffalo Bills. Last year, he had talks with Tampa Bay.
Earlier Sunday, a person familiar with Cleveland’s coaching search said the team passed on Kelly after he was indecisive about making the leap to the NFL. The Browns nearly had a deal with Kelly two days ago, but they’ve moved on to other candidates.
MCCOY IN DEMAND
Both the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles are interested in Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Eagles officials were in Colorado on Sunday to talk to the man who has helped engineer the Broncos’ 11-game winning streak.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and president Don Smolenski are seeking to replace Andy Reid, who was fired after 14 seasons.
The Eagles plan to also interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
A person familiar with the situation said the Bears were also interested in meeting with McCoy.
BILLS PICK MARRONE
In Western New York, the Bills reached agreement to hire Syracuse’s Doug Marrone as their next coach, two people familiar with the talks said.
Marrone will replace Chan Gailey, who was fired last Monday after the Bills finished with a 6-10 record. The 48-year-old Marrone went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse.
ARIANS GETS SICK
Arians was hospitalized Sunday with an undisclosed illness. He served as interim coach for 12 games this season, going 9-3, when head coach Chuck Pagano was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia.
Pagano said Arians “is fine” and would stay overnight for observation.
JETS SEEK GM
The New York Jets are expected to interview two more candidates for their vacant general manager job: Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and in-house assistant GM Scott Cohen.
But Tom Gamble, the San Francisco 49ers’ director of player personnel, remains their top candidate.
Several teams are interested in Gamble, including the Browns.