Former NFL head coach Bruce Arians is retired and offering insights as an analyst for CBS Sports, where on Sunday he provided color commentary in the Chiefs' 37-21 victory against the Browns.
It sounds like he may have gotten an up-close view at a potential future job, too.
“Cleveland is the only job I would consider,” Arians said during a break in the broadcast, according to the Canton Repository.
Arians retired in January after head coaching the Cardinals for five seasons. He had previously served as the interim head coach of the Colts in 2012 when then-coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia.
In his head coaching career, Arians compiled a 49-30-1 record – not including his 9-3 mark with the Colts, which was credited to Pagano.
He first became an NFL coordinator in Cleveland from 2001-03, commanding the team’s offense under former coach Butch Davis.
Arians, 66 years old, said he expects the pool of candidates Browns general John Dorsey would consider for the head coaching job to be “thin.”
Greg Williams, who had been serving as Cleveland’s defensive coordinator under former coach Hue Jackson, was promoted to be the team’s interim head coach last Monday after Jackson was fired alongside former offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
“My guy would be Chuck Pagano,” Arians told the Canton Repository when asked about potential candidates for the permanent vacancy.
Arians, who was noted for an aggressive style in the passing game that was heavy on deep throws, may be drawn to Cleveland’s stable of young talent on offense, including 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has flashed promise at times this year.
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