Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:08 PM
Not sure what to make of this. Should a Cleveland Browns fan be happy about this? Well, why wouldn't one of their fans not be optimistic about Kelly's hiring, seeing Cleveland fans haven't had anything to be happy about in the longest time.
However, right-off-the-bat, just a mere one year after last season's NFL Draft, Brandon Weeden and possibly even Trent Richardson have essentially become wasted picks. Okay, yeah; it is easy to make fun of the Browns selecting a 28-year old Weedon, but despite making rookie mistakes, he actually showed some promise and was able to hold his own, especially later in the season. But, now? I'm pretty sure Brandon Weeden isn't the right guy to run Chip Kelly's spread offense. In retrospect, Cleveland should of used their 22nd pick, from last year, on an offensive lineman, which would be key in Kelly's system. Oh, well; Weeden is only one year into his NFL career and the Browns are (most likely) to be done with him, already.
As for Trent Richardson, I just don't know. Richardson is a beast and full of potential, but a power running back doesn't necessarily fit right into a spread offense. It's going to be real interesting to see how Chip Kelly will use him. Also, as for the Cleveland Browns wide receiver, the corp of guys is a mess, sans what Josh Gordon showed, this past season. Greg Little is just suffers from butterfingers.
I know how Chip Kelly said he wasn't "married" to the spread system, but i expect him to continue to use it in the pros. Will it work? That's to be determined. Although, the pros is a whole, other level and that "gimmicky" success, Kelly had at Oregon with the spread, won't work in the NFL; the defenders are faster and smarter. It's really embarrassing how bad the Cleveland Browns have been since 1999. Way too many coaching changes and, ridiculously, even more quarterbacks started. Hiring Chip Kelly can be considered as a radical move, but, when things have been so bad, for so long, I guess the Browns really needed a reboot...