There have been rumors/reports that the Cleveland Browns are looking to hire former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy as their next head coach. However, former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has been given the ‘OK’ to return to coaching. Which at the least, gives Cleveland multiple candidates to choose from. That is, should they move on from interim coach Greg Williams.
But their chances to add Arians got a little bit better this week.
On Thursday Arians was a guest on “The Rich Eisen Show,” saying he’s been given a “clean bill of health,” according to 92.3 The Fan’s Daryl Ruiter.
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) December 13, 2018
Arians, 66, would retire following the 2017 season after leading the Cardinals to an 8-8 record. News then circulated over his potential return to the NFL in November. But at the time, he said he’d only return to coach the Browns. He remains true to that statement, but doesn’t believe an interview will come his way. But if it did, then he would leave calling plays to “someone I’ve trained.”
In five seasons with the Cardinals, Arizona went 49-30-1 under his watch. However, injuries would hit hard during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Over those campaigns, the Cardinals would finish with just a 15-16-1 record. He also took over as interim head coach in Indy for Chuck Pagano (cancer), with the Colts going 9-3 during his time in charge.
Arians got his start as a coach in the league back in 2001. He would spend his first three years in the NFL as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator. He then went on to spend five seasons as Pittsburgh’s OC before moving on to Indy for a year.
Should the Browns give him an interview?