Browns Coaching Search 2.0 will include more names than the first version of the effort to hire the seventh coach since the franchise returned to the NFL 14 years ago.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman will be included within the process.
The Browns also have interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, and Penn State coach Bill O’Brien. Marrone was hired by the Bills, and O’Brien ended up with 1.3 million new reasons to stay at Penn State.
We can’t help but wonder whether the Browns’ brain trust quietly is considering a name with greater sizzle. After the high-profile failure to land Kelly, the Browns may opt to quietly pursue another A-lister, in order to avoid the public perception that whoever gets the job was the second choice. Or worse.