Bruce Arians says Browns are the ‘only’ team he’d consider coaching
Former NFL Coach of the Year Bruce Arians is considering a comeback to the sidelines. But which among the coach needy teams would he prefer to call plays for? It is none other than the Cleveland Browns.
In a recent interview with NFL.com, the 66 year old stated that “I would listen to the Browns,” Arians said. “And only them,” when asked if he would want to make a comeback in the league.
Arians joined CBS Sports as a game analyst for the NFL last May, but he might shorten his retirement from coaching to less than a year.
Retired #AZCardinals coach Bruce Arians doubles down, telling me he would only consider coaching the #Browns — no one else — if he returned, that he’s serious, and that his wife is fully on board. My story: https://t.co/UJRB4dsjb5
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2018
In six seasons of coaching, Arians has been impressive. He won the AP NFL Coach of the Year award twice with two different teams.
He received the award first with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 after taking over for an ailing Chuck Pagano as an interim head coach. With an impressive 9-3 record during his tenure there, the Arizona Cardinals hired him and he had a good run there as well.
Arians posted a 49-30 record in five seasons in the desert with two appearances in the playoffs. His 13-3 record with the Cardinals in 2015 is the best record the team has had to date.
A developing team filled with potential talent, the Cleveland Browns have attracted Arians. They currently have young and upcoming stars Myles Garrett, Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and Denzel Ward on their roster.
The Browns are in the middle of a 16-year playoff drought and are looking towards the future hoping to be significant once again. Former head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired last month after a disappointing 2-5-1 record to the start the season.
Their departure opened the door for a new coaching opportunity for the Browns and Arians is a viable candidate.