Bruce Arians’ interest underscores attractiveness of Browns job

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Bruce Arians, potentially the Brett Favre of coaches, retired after the 2011 season, before landing with the Colts in 2012. He retired once again after 2017.

Now working with CBS, Arians recently said he’d consider emerging from retirement for one and only one job — the one in Cleveland.

Regardless of whether Arians will be considered for the position (as noted over the weekend, the biggest question is the threshold matter of who will be making the hiring decision?), his interest underscores the reality that plenty of coaches, fired, retired, and/or currently employed, will want to work for the Browns, so that he can work with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Over the next two months, plenty of off-the-record, behind-the-scenes discussions will occur, as the Browns reach out to potentially interested candidates, and as potentially interested candidates reach out to the Browns. At some point, the Browns will have to say yes to someone, an inherently stressful proposition since this means they’ll have to say no to everyone else.

As to Arians, it’s easy to say he’d only be interested in the Browns job, given that it’s the only job currently open. It’s safe to say he’d be interested in other jobs, if they come open. Most notably, the opportunity to work with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay would intrigue any quarterback whisperer, and Arians is one of the best.

It’s also safe to say the Cardinals may want compensation from whoever hires Arians, given that he retired with time left on his contract. That’s precisely what happened when Dick Vermeil emerged from retirement with the Rams to coach the Chiefs in the early years of the last decade.

28 responses to “Bruce Arians’ interest underscores attractiveness of Browns job

  1. It is a fairly attractive job. That being said, a guy with no other coaching prospects being interested doesn’t prove the job is attractive; it just proves Arians would like to coach again.

  2. Arians was respected and loved by the players when he was with the Browns. They’d be crazy not to interview him first, especially because of what he could do for Mayfield’s growth.

  3. William Laird Cowher is the man for this job. He played there. He coached there. He has won a Super Bowl. Winning another one in 2-3 years with the sorry Browns would cap a great career. Plus he’d be the only coach to win a SB with 2 different teams. But he would have to live in Cleveland.

  4. I think he would’ve stayed with the Cards had he known they would draft Josh Rosen. I hope he gets the chance with Mayfield

  5. Arians was respected and loved by the players when he was with the Browns. They’d be crazy not to interview him first, especially because of what he could do for Mayfield’s growth.

  6. mogogo1 Huh??? You’re kidding, right? With such a young & very talented Team on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The correct questions/comments are Who wouldn’t want the job? I’m not a Brown’s fan but the NFL is a much better organization with the Browns being competitive. Go Browns! Hopefully, they pick the right Coach for the job… As there will be a long line of Coaches that will want this job!

  7. Underscore? Florio you and the refs worst dreams are coming true, the Browns are getting better and it’s just a matter of time…

    Loads of young talent, a QB, $55m under the Cap, a great GM, and tons of picks….

    Cowher might even want to come back

  8. I’m not sure the Browns players would enjoy being thrown under the bus by this blowhard every time they lose a game. Which would probably happen a lot if he’s the coach.

  9. “there are going to be a lot of people that want to come be on this wagon when the wagon gets rolling, and we’re going to circle the wagon.” – Hue Jackson.

  10. Absolutely no to the idea of Arians going to the Packers. The team needs a younger coach with fresh ideas, not a guy who is all about self-promotion and blaming others for his deficiencies.

  11. davewr58 says:
    November 6, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    Arians was respected and loved by the players when he was with the Browns.
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    And as a HC threw his players and organization under the bus. After Hue ‘Not My Fault’ Jackson haven’t the Browns had enough Me guys? It’s time for a We guy in Cleveland.

  12. As attractive as the young roster may or may not be, I would definitely think how squirrelly the owner is would be a factor to consider too for any potential candidate. Haslam makes Jerruh look reasonable.

  13. I’m telling you, Jeff Fisher is the name to watch – he’ll have the Browns at 7-9 in no time!

  14. definitemaybe55
    Nov 6, 2018, 3:35 PM CST
    William Laird Cowher is the man for this job. He played there. He coached there. He has won a Super Bowl. Winning another one in 2-3 years with the sorry Browns would cap a great career. Plus he’d be the only coach to win a SB with 2 different teams. But he would have to live in Cleveland.

    He has won a SB as a OC but never as a HC. There are coaches that have won a ring with multiple teams, first one that comes to mind is Tomlin, won one as a HC and won another in Tampa as the DB coach.

  15. Would be such a Browns move to hire another retread coach. A dude who will likely retire or get fired in 2-3 years & then Baker Mayfield is on to his 4th head coach in his young career. Great way to develop a young QB.

  16. Bruce Arians has read the reviews of his color commentary and realizes he is about out of work.

  17. I don’t get the idea of Mayfield as an attractive piece in this equation. He is obviously loaded with talent but he’s also obviously lacking between the ears. He did lots of knuckleheads things in college and has played erratically thus far as a pro. And yet, there’s hardly EVER a critical word about him.

  18. No it doesn’t. Arians was only being nice because he’s expressed his fondness for his time there before on several occasions. However, Jimmy Haslem is still the owner, and that roster is still not that good no matter how many delusional fans and pundits say so.

  19. The same Bruce Arians who coached Tim Couch in Cleveland. How did that work out?
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    Well he was there for the only Browns Playoff appearance since 99 so… Pretty well

  20. badgersteelerfan says:
    November 6, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    definitemaybe55
    Nov 6, 2018, 3:35 PM CST
    William Laird Cowher is the man for this job. He played there. He coached there. He has won a Super Bowl. Winning another one in 2-3 years with the sorry Browns would cap a great career. Plus he’d be the only coach to win a SB with 2 different teams. But he would have to live in Cleveland.

    He has won a SB as a OC but never as a HC. There are coaches that have won a ring with multiple teams, first one that comes to mind is Tomlin, won one as a HC and won another in Tampa as the DB coach.

    Cowher didn’t win SB XL against the Seahawks as Steelers HC?

  21. The same Bruce Arians who coached Tim Couch in Cleveland. How did that work out?
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    Well he was there for the only Browns Playoff appearance since 99 so… Pretty well
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    As if he’s the only guy to have his career derailed by an arm injury?

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