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NFL notebook: Kelly among Browns' top choices for coach

| Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 8:38 p.m.
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly address the media Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Kelly appears to be near the top of the Browns' list to fill their head coaching vacancy. (AP)

The Browns may strike quickly to get Chip Kelly.

Kelly, whose up-tempo, fast-paced offense has captured the imagination of several NFL teams and maintained the Oregon Ducks' status as a national power, appears to be near the top of Cleveland's list of candidates to replace Pat Shurmur, fired earlier this week after going 9-23 in two seasons.

According to several reports, Browns CEO Joe Banner is already in Arizona and intends to interview Kelly, who is preparing the fifth-ranked Ducks for Thursday night's Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State. An interview could take place as early as Friday.

Report: Chiefs meet with Reid about coaching job

The Kansas City Chiefs were courting former Eagles coach Andy Reid on Wednesday as they searched for a replacement for Romeo Crennel, who was fired this week after the worst season in franchise history.

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt was meeting with Reid in Philadelphia, a person familiar with Reid's plans told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans were not made public.

The Chiefs have a connection with Reid through team president Mark Donovan, who spent his previous six years as the Eagles' senior vice president of business operations.

Bills to interview Horton

The Buffalo Bills' coaching search is staying in Arizona for at least one more day with the team set to interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

Horton told reporters in Arizona on Wednesday that he would meet with Bills officials later in the day. Horton is a Cardinals' head-coaching candidate to replace Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday.

Whisenhunt, the Steelers' former offensive coordinator interviewed for the Bills' opening Wednesday.

Bears express interest in Packers' O-coordinator

Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements told the Green Bay Press-Gazette and on Wednesday that the Chicago Bears have asked the Packers for permission to talk to Clements about their head coaching position. Permission has been granted, but NFL rules prohibit Clements from talking to the Bears at least until after Green Bay's playoff game against Minnesota on Saturday.

The Bears also wanted to talk to Clements in 2010 about being their offensive coordinator but were blocked by the Packers.

Chargers interview candidates for GM

Jimmy Raye, San Diego's director of player personnel, apparently was the first candidate to interview to replace fired Chargers general manager A.J. Smith.

Ron Wolf, serving as a consultant for Chargers president Dean Spanos, said in a conference call that the first interview was Tuesday in San Diego.

According to four people familiar with the search, the other candidates are player personnel men Tom Gamble of San Francisco, David Caldwell of Atlanta, Steve Keim of Arizona and Tom Telesco of Indianapolis.

Extra points

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the Jets have not yet made a decision on offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's job. ... The Jets violated the NFL's media policy by not making coach Rex Ryan or other team executives available within a week of the end of the regular season. ... Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Fazier said he isn't concerned with quarterback Christian Ponder's ability to play Saturday at Green Bay. Ponder has been limited in practice with a sore right elbow.

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