Browns conduct interviews, wait for Oregon's Kelly

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm •  Published: January 3, 2013
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"We're not going to worry about who else is out there looking for a coach," Haslam said. "We have our people in mind and we're going to work hard to bring the right person here to Cleveland."

Kelly's lack of any pro coaching experience doesn't seem to be scaring off the Browns. They are intrigued by his uptempo, no-huddle offense, which New England coach Bill Belichick implemented this season after meeting with Kelly during the summer.

Before the search ends, Banner may find himself trying to beat out the Eagles, his former team. Banner spent 19 seasons with Philadelphia, including the last 12 as president.

Like Haslam, Banner believes the Browns will be able to get the coach they're after.

"We go into this extremely confident that we can go after the top people available, at least the top people in our opinion, and that we have a very good chance of being successful in convincing them that this is the right situation," he said. "Most of these top coaches are focused on finding a place where they think they can win and we think we can make a very good case why this is the best opportunity in the league right now."

Marrone emerged as a surprise candidate to many, but his NFL experience makes him attractive. Before returning to his alma mater to coach the Orange, the 48-year-old spent three seasons as an offensive coordinator with New Orleans, where he helped quarterback Drew Brees throw for more than 4,000 yards three years straight.

There was speculation about Marrone's future when Syracuse started 2-4, but the Orange won six of its last seven and rolled West Virginia 38-14 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl last week.

The Browns aren't putting any timeline on finding their next coach, Cleveland's sixth since '99.

"The sooner the better," Haslam said. "The key thing is to get the right person. If we happen to find the right person this week, we'll have him back here in a week. If it takes a month, we're going to take a month because we're very sensitive to getting this right."

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AP Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas in State College, Pa. contributed to this report.

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