The Browns walked away from Oregon coach Chip Kelly because they weren't sure his heart was 100-percent into leaving Oregon, a league source told the Plain Dealer today.
With Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner committed to bringing a championship team to Cleveland, they weren't about to settle for anything less than a 100-percent commitment, the source said.
Sensing that Kelly was waffling on whether or not to jump to the NFL or stay with the Ducks, the Browns removed themselves from the running and flew home from Arizona to restart their search without him.
That left Kelly to decide between the Eagles and staying at Oregon, and a source earlier told the Plain Dealer that Kelly seemed to be leaning toward staying at the university.
Even if Kelly chooses the Eagles, the Browns are at peace with their decision to pull out, the source said, because they're looking for someone who they're certain will be 100% on board.