Remember that whole Jeffrey Lurie and Joe Banner pissing match from last week? You know, the one where Lurie accused Banner spreading negative press about Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. The one where Banner retorted by dismissing his old friend’s claims–even going as far to call them “borderline libelous.”
Well, while Banner or the Browns had no initial comment on Chip Kelly’s new job with the Eagles, Peter King was able to get the Browns CEO to open up about what went down with Kelly.
From King’s MMQB column:
“We removed ourselves from the process. We really liked Chip. He’s intriguing, a very different thinker, and very smart. But you could see he was uncertain what he wanted to do. He may be in Philadelphia 10 years or longer and have a terrific career,” Banner said. “But the fact he committed to Tampa Bay last year, backed out, then seemed all year to be leaning toward going to the NFL, then being so uncertain with us, we just felt it was too big a gamble. If there was no ambivalence, we may have offered him the job.”
Truthfully, Banner’s words may be nothing more than an honest assessment of how his team approached the Kelly situation. Still, in the wake of the growing tensions in Philadelphia and Cleveland, it sure seems like a bit more than that.