Bruce Arians not interested in Packers job

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When Bruce Arians said that the Browns job is the only coaching job he’d take, he wasn’t saying it because the Browns job was the only job that was open.

Arians tells Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio that the former Cardinals coach has no interest in replacing Mike McCarthy as head coach of the Packers.

No, not at all,” Arians says in an interview that will air later tonight. “If I ever return to coaching it will only be in Cleveland.”

Reminded that the Packers job is a great job, Arians didn’t dispute that fact.

“Yeah, it is,” Arians said. “I have no desire to coach in Green Bay.”

That cries out for more as to why. Is there something he’s heard through the coaching grapevine that makes him not want to work for the Packers? Is it related to the front office? To the CEO? To the quarterback?

Regardless, there goes my first pick in Tuesday’s PFT Live draft regarding the best coaches for the Packers. For the rest of the eight selections made by Peter King and me, check out the attached video.

100 responses to “Bruce Arians not interested in Packers job

  1. That cries out for more as to why. Is there something he’s heard through the coaching grapevine that makes him not want to work for the Packers? Is it related to the front office? To the CEO? To the quarterback?

    Yes, it is, it’s all about the DIVA. What former or existing head coach wants to be his head coach?

  2. Good for him speaking his mind and the truth.. we need more of that in today’s world and no more of people being offended because they do not want to hear the truth or the truth doesnt fit their agenda.
    Arians will be and should be the next head coach of the Browns and no minority interview or anything else should get in the way of that. If the ownership of the Browns want him to be the coach then so be it. When you whiners become billionaires and own your own team then you should also have the right to hire or fire who you so choose.
    Toughen up America, enough of the tissues being passed out for the whiners and crybabies.

  3. Well, this article should be posted with a email alert to trolls that you threw a doggie bone on the ground for them to run to drooling from their jowls.

    Peter King is never right so I just excluded from the running all his next Packers head coach possibilities.

  4. Music to my ears!!!! Don’t want a retread. Pack needs someone that can relate to Rodgers – I love him but he is a bit of a diva. I don’t think Ariens would be able to relate to him.

  5. Why would he be interested in a job with a 37yr old QB who takes up 1/4 of the Cap with holes all over the Roster. The browns got a young QB with upside and a lot of picks coming up so yeah they are a more attractive job.

  6. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    December 4, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    You really need more of an explanation than “I have no desire to coach in Green Bay”? Seems self-explanatory to me.
    +++++

    Did you really need more of an explanation than “If I ever return to coaching it will only be in Cleveland.”?

    That puts Green Bay on equal footing with Minneapolis and 29 other cities that have foot ball teams, in Arians mind.

  7. No coach will be successful in Green Bay, as long as Rodgers is around. The new coach had better sign a guaranteed five year deal, so he can rebuild the team after Rodgers is gone! Green Bay will return to their “small market” splendor and success, in a few years, when they bring on an “overachieving” quarterback, and a host of other players who want to play hard, and win, because they love the game. I always admire a “small market” team, and hope for their success, but none of that will happen in Green Bay, until they move into a new era, and put together a roster of 22 players who stand on equal ground. ( that is a few years away, and a few drafts away, unfortunately)

  8. Whew! That’s a relief! As a long time Packers fan, I was not interested in Arians becoming the Packers head coach.

  9. I have no interest in the job either. Wait maybe they weren’t going to come calling anyway lol

  10. Angel Valle says:

    December 4, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Look what they just did to McCarthy that says it all !

    unfortunately, they didn’t do anything to McCarthy except keep him a year longer than they should have. he has very little time management ability and almost no challenge ability. he is very undecisive under pressure. yes he has a winning record but as a packer fan since 1959, I have never been a fan of his.

  11. I laugh when dopes say that Aaron Rodgers will make coaches want to avoid Green Bay’s head coaching job. Are they really that clueless?
    Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best QB’s in the NFL. In fact, Aaron Rodgers is in the top 3 reasons why a coach would want the Packers job! The first reason is because of the history in Green Bay. If you want a great legacy, there is no better way to get one than by winning in Green Bay. The second reason is because of Aaron Rodgers. A head coach knows that Rodgers can make him look a lot better than he is (see Mike McCarthy). The third reason is because of the fans. No team’s fans travel any better than the Packers’ fans.
    If you think coaches wouldn’t want to start a career as a head coach with Aaron Rodgers as their QB you don’t know anything about football.
    It boggles my mind how dumb some fans are.

  12. I’m going to be awake all night, sobbing into my pillow, because Bruce Arians won’t come to Green Bay.

    I fail to understand what the hubbub is all about on this guy. Right up there with Cowher…Gruden… All those guys the internet fans get all worked up about. What has Bruce Arians EVER done? I’m curious, educate me.

  13. Because their quarterback is a jerk who has rejected his family and doesn’t even give his receivers his phone number. Rodgers is a straight up weirdo.

  14. Why would he be interested in Green Bay when he can mold a young QB on an up and coming team in Cleveland rather than having to manage an aging, difficult star on a team whose window just shut. Not a tough choice.

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm
    who in their right mind would hire this guy?

    ********************************************************************

    What is, “The question that everyone asks when a Pats assistant or coordinator applies for a HC gig for another team?”

  16. Gotta love the ridiculous attacks on Rodgers – on his character, his work ethic, even his skill set. He remains one of the best quarterbacks in the game, a brilliant football mind, a tremendous competitor and a leader on the team and will thrive under whoever Mark Murphy taps to be the next head coach. Gutekunst has already started the long overdue roster repair brought about by Ted’s stubborness and declining judgment. But hey, troll away. Go Pack Go.

  17. The reason is simple – whomever GB hires, they will be expected to win and win now. Not in 3 years, not in 5 years – but now.
    Everyone knows Rodgers’s window is closing and the Packers do not have 5 years to do a rebuild.
    And please don’t kid yourselves, the GB job of all the open and expected open jobs, provides the fastest route to a Super Bowl for a new coach.
    Yes, the Jets, Browns, Bengals, etc will go through a rebuild and will be contenders in a few years (via the Rams model) but if a new coach wants the best chance to be in the SB in the next 2 years? Green Bay is where it’s at.

  18. There are obviously some negative things being said in league circles about coaching in Green Bay. Unrealistic expectations or a coach killer quarterback? Either way it looks Green Bay will end with a bargain bin head coach.

  19. cheeseisfattening says:
    December 4, 2018 at 6:49 pm
    Why would he be interested in Green Bay when he can mold a young QB on an up and coming team in Cleveland rather than having to manage an aging, difficult star on a team whose window just shut. Not a tough choice.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    ……….so says the same Packer hating trolls that all show up six or eight times on each and every Packer story.

    I’m shocked.

  20. HHMMMM , YOU HAVE A COACH thats coached ,”not 1 but 2″ REAL GOOD QB’S in NFL HISTORY.
    1} never called himself the “G.O.A.T” ,and he has alot of records. “or had”
    2} does have everyone call him the “G.O.A.T” ,and has no records.

    3} 1 has the record for “HIGHEST PAID ” AND THE ATTITUDE that he should be the coach
    4} biggest one of all,

    STOP CONCENTRATNG ON ALL THESE COMMERCIALS AND START CONCENTRATNG ON YOUR PLAYMAKING

  21. If a 5 to 6 win season gets you fired in Green Bay, the Pack will have 10 new coaches over the next 10 years…no January football for the Sconnies in the near future.

  22. he doesnt wanna coach in green bay because he legitimately only wants to coach in cleveland…. you are looking too deep into it. he wants to bring the browns back from the pit of despair for the city.

  23. Why is it so hard to understand he only wants to coach in one place at the end of his career? He’s not just starting out, he’s already done, but will come back for one job.

  24. You think maybe Arodge could actually be a detriment to a potential coaching candidate? Like, they wouldn’t want those expectations and possibly drama built into their tenure?

  25. This seriously is not intended as a Packer dig, but Aaron Rodgers aside, Cleveland just has better, younger players.

  26. He said weeks ago cleveland was the only job that he wanted… now that he sticks to it you need more?????

    Its cuz cleveland is the only job hes interested in.

  27. Why must there always be some air of mystery, or underlying subtext in these stories.
    Bruce Arians has lobbied for the Cleveland job since it opened up, and has openly stated that he wouldn’t be interested in any other coaching opportunity.
    Most football fans have simply taken him at his word.
    The rest of this is just garbage to feed the trolls.
    Bon appetite.

  28. Tough for the fans to hear that a qualified candidate won’t even consider interviewing in Green Bay.

    Arians won’t be the only one.

  29. Maybe Arians just wants to coach football. Coach a QB. With Rodgers, there wouldn’t be any QB coaching, and he’s already regarded as the best QB in the world. A coach would be stepping into a no-win situation. Plus the Packers’ talent level is down across the board, and it looks like the coaches are getting the blame.

  30. Due to where I live I watch a lot of Packer games on TV. His constantly, abnormally excessive, red face that I’d have to look at would be one reason I’d discourage this hiring.

  31. He knows a dumpster fire when he sees one. Cleveland has several low first and second round picks just waiting for a decent coach. The talent is there.qb th job de.
    Th needs it all. Lots of older dead wood on this team that one draft can’t replace or fix.

  32. Aaron Rogers received his guaranteed payday and could care less about the other 52 members of the team let alone coaches. Impossible to coach this nut job. He is not in the elite QB’s , rather this is another Cutler mistake. Murphy has screwed the Pack for years to come.

  33. Could it be that Mayfield is likely going to be elite and he sees the long term viability of taking a job with a 23 year old with 15+ years ahead of him as opposed to an already elite QB with only 5 years left?

    Most coaches would jump at the opportunity to take a job with an established great QB, but what’s better is a job with long term security.

  34. Why does Ariens think that the Packers are interested in him. Packers need a young fresh coach , not an old fart.

  35. gtodriver says:
    December 4, 2018 at 8:58 pm
    Tough for the fans to hear that a qualified candidate won’t even consider interviewing in Green Bay.

    Arians won’t be the only one.
    __________________

    What makes it tough about hearing that?
    Someone who is only interesting in one job isn’t interested in GB… not surprising or painful, much like if someone who doesn’t want to coach in GB I won’t be offended by that either. I don’t want someone here who doesn’t want to be, much like FA in the off-season.

  36. I think he simply only wants to go to Cleveland. Nice opportunity to mold a talented roster into something special and leave an indelible legacy in a city with a rich culture and history of sports. Statue of you at the stadium kind of stuff.

    However, Green Bay does look like a fool’s errand. As mentioned, any new coach will be expected to win now with a roster that has 4 wins on the season, and may not get to 5. You have an entrenched super star who is well into the twilight of his career, and doesn’t want to endure any kind of rebuild. You would have 3-5 years to win a Super Bowl, or at least go to 2, if you want any chance to stick around and actually build your own team once AR retires. Then you are likely going to mired in Jacksonville-esque mediocrity until you get fired mid-season a few years later, unless the Packers miraculously draft a 3rd consecutive HoF QB soon enough to rescue your career. No big names want to be drug through that mud. The new Packers coach will likely be young, and a first-time HC, who stands to gain a lot from working with Rodgers and the Packers organization as he begins his career. I am not saying this is all 100% true, just trying to apply some basic logic to the situation.

  37. Why would anybody want to coach a team with a headstrong QB who refuses to run the called plays and keeps changing them? It’s better to pass on that job until Rogers is in his last year or two or is gone and you can start with a clean slate.

  38. It’s the coldest division in the NFL. 11 games in Green Bay, Minnesota, Chicago, and Detroit. In Arizona, they let him unfold the patio chair on the sidelines.

  39. Pretty sure the coach in Green Bay doesn’t make personnel decisions. Doesn’t matter what kind of offensive or defensive genius you are or how you relate to one player, without the talent to implement it with, you’re still 4-7-1.

  40. What would you want if you’re a coach.
    Cleveland = a large amounts of young players
    Green Gay = couple young players an aging HOF with a hint of Drama Queen

    Probably few other spots to open up

    Tampa Pit
    Sinsinnatti
    Jets
    Buffalow

  41. johngaltwho says:
    December 4, 2018 at 6:58 pm
    Gotta love the ridiculous attacks on Rodgers – on his character, his work ethic, even his skill set. He remains one of the best quarterbacks in the game, a brilliant football mind, a tremendous competitor and a leader on the team and will thrive under whoever Mark Murphy taps to be the next head coach. Gutekunst has already started the long overdue roster repair brought about by Ted’s stubborness and declining judgment. But hey, troll away. Go Pack Go.

    —————————————————————————————–

    This post says it all. You see, the problem is, most people who criticize Aaron Rodgers have probably only watched him play when he plays against their favorite team or when he was in the playoffs and Super Bowl. They hate the Packers anyway and love this soap opera created by the media. I have watched virtually every play of Aaron Rodgers career and as amazed as I was by Brett Favre, I’m even more amazed at the things Aaron Rodgers can do.
    I laugh when they say Rodgers drove McCarthy out of Green Bay. Really? Well answer this for me haters — why should we feel sorry for McCarthy when the fact is he helped drive Brett Favre out of Green Bay? And part of any head coaches job is to cut players, right? Should we feel all teary-eyed for all those guys that McCarthy has cut over the last 13 years in Green Bay. REMEMBER — THE NFL IS A BUSINESS AND THE JOB OF HEAD COACHES IS TO WIN SUPER BOWLS.
    You haters need to grow up. The fact is, the NFL is just like every other profession. You either produce or you will be replaced. McCarthy’s record looks great from the outside. But it’s like a car with a shiny finish that’s rusting badly on the inside, it belies the truth.
    This is the 21st century and the NFL played today is entirely different than the NFL even 15 years ago. Mike McCarthy could not adapt to all the changes and this is why he no longer is the head coach of the Packers. His offense — which is the only thing he ever focused on — is the same offense he ran 13 years ago. Everyone knew what the Packers would do because McCarthy was so rigid in his beliefs and he could not adapt or make his offensive more imaginative. And the defense and special teams? McCarthy didn’t have a clue on what they even are! Had the Packers had better defenses, there is no doubt in my mind, Aaron Rodgers would have more Super Bowl wins!
    I will say it again — the only reason McCarthy managed to hang on this long is because of Aaron Rodgers. If it weren’t for Rogers, McCarthy would have been gone a long time ago.
    And if you fools think that there won’t be plenty of talented coaches who will want this job in Green Bay, you know even less than I thought you do.

  42. nyneal says:
    December 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    I laugh when dopes say that Aaron Rodgers will make coaches want to avoid Green Bay’s head coaching job. Are they really that clueless?
    Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best QB’s in the NFL. In fact, Aaron Rodgers is in the top 3 reasons why a coach would want the Packers job! The first reason is because of the history in Green Bay. If you want a great legacy, there is no better way to get one than by winning in Green Bay. The second reason is because of Aaron Rodgers. A head coach knows that Rodgers can make him look a lot better than he is (see Mike McCarthy). The third reason is because of the fans. No team’s fans travel any better than the Packers’ fans.
    If you think coaches wouldn’t want to start a career as a head coach with Aaron Rodgers as their QB you don’t know anything about football.
    It boggles my mind how dumb some fans are

    As a Packer fan living in NE, I can say that Belichick would love to have Rodgers as his QB.

  43. #The-Best-Fans-in-the-NFL says:
    December 4, 2018 at 8:50 pm
    The next Packers head coach might be on the GB coaching staff already,……… just sayin’.
    ———————-
    You might be right.
    They hired from within the organization on their GM.
    We will see over the next four games.
    If Aaron plays well, that might be the sign to give it to Rodgers choice of Philbin.

  44. Arians is in a spot in his life where where he lives matters. You have to figure he, like almost every coach, has had to move regularly looking for jobs. He’s in a spot now where if he doesn’t want to live somewhere he doesn’t have too. Maybe Cleveland has the combination of things he wants in place. Maybe he or his wife have family there. Who knows. It doesn’t have to be for football reasons though.

  45. For all of you saying I don’t know what the hubbub is about, you got your eyes shut pretty tight. There’s something wrong there. There’s a whole fiasco about the assistant coach tweeting. There’s all the rumors that circulate almost constantly about Aaron Rodgers and his wide receivers and his offense of line and his relationship with McCarthy. People are curious and real fans really want to know the state of their team. This is like pulling on a thread, Because we want to know we keep pulling in pulling in pulling, and every little bit that unravels we look at to see if it’s a clue to what’s going on with the team. That’s what all the hubbub is about. It’s not about Bruce Areins passing up on the team , Which he was never offered anyway. The NFL guards its secrets well, and wevwill likely never really know what’s going on with the team or in the locker room, which makes pulling on the threads we have so much more important.

  46. For someone to be held responsible for the results of personnel that are not required to be accountable to them would be a bad employment situation in any field, not just NFL coaching. Any career minded person is going to shy away from that scenario. I think thats the entire issue right there.

  47. The power structure is going to work against them.

    You report directly to the CEO, but you don’t have personnel control??

    .. and as big as football is in GB, its hands downs the smallest market in sports. Like it or not, agents and coaches know their exposure is limited considerably. Might be great for the Gibbs’ that never leave the facility, but those guys are few and far between.

  48. rrbernier1 says:
    December 5, 2018 at 6:53 am
    nyneal says:
    December 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    I laugh when dopes say that Aaron Rodgers will make coaches want to avoid Green Bay’s head coaching job. Are they really that clueless?
    Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best QB’s in the NFL. In fact, Aaron Rodgers is in the top 3 reasons why a coach would want the Packers job! The first reason is because of the history in Green Bay. If you want a great legacy, there is no better way to get one than by winning in Green Bay. The second reason is because of Aaron Rodgers. A head coach knows that Rodgers can make him look a lot better than he is (see Mike McCarthy). The third reason is because of the fans. No team’s fans travel any better than the Packers’ fans.
    If you think coaches wouldn’t want to start a career as a head coach with Aaron Rodgers as their QB you don’t know anything about football.
    It boggles my mind how dumb some fans are

    As a Packer fan living in NE, I can say that Belichick would love to have Rodgers as his QB.

    ————————
    That would be a step backwards from the QB situation Belichick has now.

    The reason winning in Green Bay would be good for ones legacy is because that has not happened much in recent history. And winning in Cleveland would in dact be an even greater legacy.

  49. aarons444 says:
    December 5, 2018 at 9:03 am
    Arians Super Bowl in AZ was beating the Seahawks… in the REGULAR season.

    If you want to be the Detroit Lions, THIS is your guy.
    _____________________________________________________

    Your an absolute joke. Bruce Arians won 50 games in 5 seasons, an AVG of 10 per games per season. His Super-Bowl was not beating the Seahawks, though I can see why you would be butt hurt over it as Arians repeatedly beat SEA in SEA with QB’s who are no longer in the NFL including with a one legged Drew Stanton who is an absolute horrible QB and no longer even in the NFL I don’t think. Arians is a very good coach who like Pete Carroll has been around forever w/ both HC”s having forget more football than weve ever known.

  50. hawkkiller,

    I’m a Packers fan.

    It was throughoughly amusing watching Arians antics against Seattle, and watching him beat them.

    Glad you enjoyed him. He had a nice run.

    I’m tired of nice runs, after suffering through Mike Sherman and Mike McCarthy…

  51. Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league……The Packers will have NO trouble finding a new coach. Mike McCarthy’s tenure just ran it’s course, 13 years time for a change and I welcome it, The Pack will be back next year!

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