Coach the Browns? Bruce Arians says only coaching job he would consider
Bruce Arians, the former Arizona Cardinals head coach and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, said he’d return to coaching for one job — the Cleveland Browns.
Arians, currently a game analyst with the NFL on CBS, was in Cleveland this past weekend working the Browns-Kansas City Chiefs game when he was asked about returning to coaching.
“Cleveland is the only job I would consider,” Arians said to reporters with the Canton Repository .
But Arians said he is enjoying his retirement from coaching and working as an analyst, but did say to ESPN about the comments: “I don’t know if anything will come of this, but the door is slightly cracked.”
Arians was the Browns offensive coordinator for the 2001-03 seasons, during which the team made its only playoff appearance since returning to the city. The Browns blew a 17-point lead to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-33 in 2003.
The following season he landed with the Steelers 2003–2011 seasons, first as wide receivers coach and then as offensive coordinator, and helped get the team to two Super Bowls.
Arians also offered Chuck Pagano, the former Indianapolis Colts head coach that was in the Browns organization with Arians, as a possible candidate for the h.c. job.
But for now, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is the interim head coach.
Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for the job.
Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, [email protected] or via Twitter @frnkstar.