Bruce Arians got his start as an NFL coordinator in Cleveland. And if he were to ever return to an NFL sideline, there’s only one job he would take.
Head coach of the Browns.
Arians was in Cleveland on Sunday, working in the CBS booth for the Browns’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs. During a break in the game, he talked with The Canton Repository and the topic of a potential return to the NFL came up.
“Cleveland is the only job I would consider,” he said, according to a report Monday by The Repository’s Steve Doerschuk.
The Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley last week. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is serving as interim head coach and watched his team lose to the Chiefs 37-21 on Sunday.
Arians was the offensive coordinator with the Browns from 2001-03. He was fired after three seasons and took the same position with the Steelers. His success in Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis after that, led to him getting a head-coaching job in Arizona before the 2013 season.
In five seasons with the Cardinals, Arians was 49-30 and led his team to the playoffs twice, going 1-2 in the postseason.
During the interview Sunday, the 66-year-old Arians also talked up his boss in Indianapolis, Chuck Pagano. The two coached in Cleveland together and Pagano hired Arians to be his offensive coordinator when Pagano was hired to lead the Colts in 2012. Both coached through last season, Pagano getting fired after going 53-43 in six seasons in Indy and Arians retiring while still with the Cardinals.
The two also share a far more personal bond as Arians served as the Colts’ interim head coach for 12 games in 2012 while Pagano received treatment for leukemia.
–Field Level Media