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The Cleveland Browns could be one step closer to getting their top target in their coaching search. Cleveland is reportedly set to interview Oregon coach Chip Kelly on Friday.

The interview would take place one day after Oregon plays in the Fiesta Bowl. The Philadelphia Eagles are also reportedly interested in Kelly.

There has been speculation that the Browns would turn their attention to Penn State coach Bill O'Brien if they are unable to get Kelly. The Browns fired coach Pat Shurmur on Monday, a day after Cleveland finished 5-11.

As the Browns prepare to talk to Kelly, you can scratch one candidate off the Browns' interview list. Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dick Koetter signed a contract extension and won't seek a head coaching job this year.

Are Browns targeting Chip Kelly?

January, 1, 2013
The first big rumor in the Browns' coaching search has surfaced, and the Browns are apparently targeting Oregon's Chip Kelly to be their new head coach.

Kelly is considered the "clear No. 1 choice" of the Browns, two high-ranking NFL personnel executives told Adam Caplan of Sirius XM radio.

This shouldn't come as a shocker because Kelly had been linked to the Browns even before they fired coach Pat Shurmur on Monday. Kelly has become an intriguing candidate for NFL teams after going 45-7 at Oregon with a high-tempo offensive attack. The biggest drawback with Kelly is his lack of NFL pedigree. He has never been involved in the league as a player or coach of any kind.

When owner Jimmy Haslam and chief executive officer Joe Banner announced that they would hire a coach before a general manager, some speculated this signaled a run at someone like Alabama's Nick Saban or former NFL coach Jon Gruden. Both of those coaches would want significant say on personnel.

Other candidates who reportedly have interviews with the Browns include: Falcons offensive coordinator Dick Koetter, Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone and Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

As always, stay tuned.