Report: Browns Interested In Bruce Arians

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports on Twitter, the Cleveland Browns will include Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman in their head-coaching search after pulling out of the pursuit for Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly.

Arians, who missed the Sunday AFC Wild Card game against the Baltimore Ravens while in the hospital due to a bad reaction to medicine he was taking for the flu, is also being considered for the vacant head-coaching positions in San Diego, Chicago and Philadelphia as well.

The Pittsburgh Steelers former offensive coordinator held that same position with the Browns from 2001-2003. Many will remember that it was 10 years ago Saturday that the Browns almost beat the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card at Heinz Field behind the 429 yard passing performance of quarterback Kelly Holcomb.

Ian Rapoport of reported Sunday on Twitter that new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who was a limited ownership partner with the Steelers before running off to Cleveland, reportedly likes Arians.

Haslam also stated back when he took over majority ownership of the Browns that he wanted to model the franchise after Pittsburgh and the Rooney Family ownership.

While Arians is far from a lock to get the job, it would be very interesting if did. He certainly would like nothing better than to get an opportunity to go up against the Steelers and prove to them that it was a mistake to run him out of town.

The Browns have a young nucleus of players right now on offense that includes quarterback Brandon Weeden, running back Trent Richardson and a very capable offensive line. They also have two young wide receivers in the form of Josh Gordon and Greg Little. Whether or not this is a group of players that can be formed into winners by any new coach, let alone Arians, is yet to be seen.

Now that the Browns are out of the chase for Kelly they are likely to move forward pretty quick in making a decision. Will Arians be their selection? We should know the answer to that question pretty soon.

  • JT

    Oh god. Anywhere but Cleveland please. I don’t need to hear the rematch storyline twice a year for the foreseeable future, plus the subsequent stories about the mistake in letting him go every time he has an ounce of success.

  • Mikey Hoje

    then Big Ben would have 2 chances per season to hug his “football father” after each contest, win or loss.

  • RW

    I don’t know anyone who wants to be in Cleveland, but for some reason I can see this happening and being just as devastated as you…

  • TJimmy

    I think it will probably happen if Arians wants the job. I’m not so sure he will do a good job, however. He will be without a franchise QB like Luck.

    Franchise QB’s can make coaches look like geniuses. Arians had Manning, Ben and now Luck. What will he do with Weeden & company?

  • Seriously, what a kick in the ass that would be. On the other hand it would give the Steelers a chance to shine the shit a bit.

  • Jollyrob68

    He’d get the best out of Weeden. I wouldn’t want him in Cleveland

  • zyzak

    Arians needs a franchise QB, Cleveland is not an attractive option.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I agree with Dave on this one that that is very interesting.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I agree, twice per year it wuld give media a story to talk about whereas otherwise there is nothing about the Browns worthy of any media attention.

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  • JohnnyV1

    I hope Cleveland hires Arians. I think any team that hires him is making a huge mistake. Arians is a good OC, but he was only signing one-year contracts with the Steelers, which leads one to believe he wasn’t sure when enough was enough. That’s fine for an OC, but not a head coach. He’s too laid back. Yes, Arians has done a remarkable job this year, and it’s a great story, but he’s not a Head Coach any more than Chan Gailey or Mike Mularkey was/is. So, please Cleveland, hire Arians, we could use two wins in the division.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    You are right. Arians is not head coach material. You need to be 24/7 365 days per year, especially if you are taking on such a large reclamation situation like Cleveland. This will be uncovered as he is interviewed and I highly doubt he’ll be offered a head coach job. So far as OC jobs go,he has one of the better ones. Look for him and to turn the interest he is receiving in to a better paycheck from the Colts.

  • Thomas

    I would not be too hot about Bruce going there and being followed by every high end steelers free agent (wallace, Mendenhall etc)

  • LouPGH

    I’m with you (and zyzak, which I find is rare) on this one. Arians will get Weeden killed. Of course, the Browns have a capable o-line and some talent at the skill positions. I could see Gordon going off in an Arians offense with the right QB.

  • I agree with both of you. I said back when he was with the Steelers that there was a reason why no teams had snatched him away as an HC before.