Could Bruce Arians Pull a Brett Favre?

As we all know, the Cleveland Browns are currently searching for yet another head coach. No extremely promising names were involved in the discussions until Bruce Arians told the Canton Repository that “Cleveland is the only job I would consider,” for him to come out of retirement. Arians previously was the offensive coordinator in Cleveland from 2001-2003.

Afterwards, he served as the wide receiver coach in Pittsburgh from 2004-2006 which led up to him becoming the offensive coordinator there from 2007-2011. After Pittsburgh, he left to become the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis in 2012. Arians served as the Colts interim head coach until that same year which ultimately led to his hiring as the head coach in Arizona in 2013.

He retired in 2017 due to a combination of health issues and wanting to spend more time with his family. Unable to stay away from football, this season Arians serves as an analyst for CBS’s coverage of NFL games.

Is Cleveland’s head coaching job enough to convince the 66 year old to leave his lake house in Georgia and come up for the Northeast Ohio winters? It is no secret that he loves Cleveland. Over the years he has made it clear that this is the job he wanted. Arians previously interviewed for the head coaching job in 2013 but the Browns decided to hire Rob Chudzinski instead. Chudzinski only led the Browns to four wins while Arians lead the Cardinals to ten wins. The following year the Browns hired yet another coach while Arians led Arizona to the playoffs and won his second coach of the year award.

If Arians were to come back to Cleveland for the 2019 season, he could be the first consistent and winning Browns head coach in a long time. The last winning Browns coach was Marty Schottenheimer. Never heard of him? That probably because he was Cleveland’s coach from 1984-1988. Yes, it has been that long.

As an offensive type of coach and a team like the Browns with promising and young offensive talent (especially at quarterback), the opening has to be very enticing for Arians. Will it be enough to get him out of his Georgia home?


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