As the Browns regroup and reboot their head-coaching search, two former Cleveland offensive coordinators are reportedly on their radar.
On Sunday, Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reported the Browns' coaching search would include Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Contrary to reports that surfaced this morning, the Browns are not interviewing Trestman today in Chicago, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.
Trestman, who is reportedly set to meet with the Chicago Bears today, has been coaching in the Canadian Football League since 2008. But Trestman has many NFL stops on his resume, including one stint in Cleveland.
Trestman joined the Browns in 1988 as a quarterbacks coach and served as their offensive coordinator in 1989. In Cleveland, Trestman reunited with quarterback Bernie Kosar. Trestman was the University of Miami’s quarterbacks coach in 1983, when Kosar and the Hurricanes won the national championship.
He also was an offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers (1995-96), Arizona Cardinals (1998-2000) and Oakland Raiders (2002-03) before entering the CFL. The Raiders went to the Super Bowl during the 2002 season, when quarterback Rich Gannon thrived in Trestman's West Coast system.
Trestman, 56, is also a noted quarterbacks consultant. He worked with Brandon Weeden before the Browns drafted him 22nd overall in 2012.
“I thought it was my most important few days leading up to the draft,” Weeden said in a testimonial on Trestman’s website. “Getting to get up on the board and talk through west coast systems and then be able to go out on the field and put some of those things to use. Marc is an extremely knowledgeable football mind and with his obvious success everywhere he has been proves that he knows how to develop and teach quarterbacks.”
Arians, who served as the Browns' offensive coordinator from 2001-03 before being fired by former coach Butch Davis, was hospitalized with an illness Sunday in Baltimore. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Arians was released this afternoon and the Browns have requested permission to interview him.
The Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers are also reportedly interested in Arians. He is expected to start interviewing with teams this week.
Arians served as interim coach of the Colts for most of 2012 and guided them to a record of 9-3 and a postseason berth after coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. He is an NFL Coach of the Year candidate.
Arians, 60, is a former head coach of Temple University (1983-88). As a wide receivers coach (2004-06) and an offensive coordinator (2007-11) of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was part of three Super Bowl appearances, including two wins.
The Browns will not comment on candidates or interviews until their search is complete.
Last week, the Browns reportedly interviewed former University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Penn State University coach Bill O’Brien, former Syracuse University coach Doug Marrone, former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Kelly and O’Brien decided to stay in the college ranks, and the Buffalo Bills hired Marrone. The Browns reportedly came close to reaching a deal with Kelly, but it didn't pan out.
Owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired coach Pat Shurmur and General Manager Tom Heckert on Dec. 31 after the Browns finished 2012 with a record of 5-11, their 12th losing season since 1999. Haslam and Banner plan to hire a head coach first and then a personnel executive who complements him.
Tracking personnel men
The Browns requested permission to interview Seattle Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik, Don Banks of Sports Illustrated reported today.
Since 2007, Idzik has served as a salary-cap manager and chief contract negotiator for the Seahawks. His also has had stints as the assistant general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the senior director of football operations of the Cardinals.
As previously reported, the Browns also have requested permission to interview Kansas City Chiefs director of pro personnel Ray Farmer, Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager George Paton and San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble. NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi, a reported candidate to head the Browns' personnel department, told 92.3 The Fan last week that the Browns have not contacted him yet, but he “would certainly listen” if they do.