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Bruce Arians says only the Browns job could bring him out of retirement

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Fresh off retirement following a five-year stint as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians said that he might return to coaching if it was with the Cleveland Browns.

After firing head coach Hue Jackson on Oct. 29, the Browns head coaching job is occupied under interim status with a coaching search presumably set to begin soon.

While covering the Browns game against the Kansas City Chiefs for CBS, the Canton Repository asked Arians about his interest level in the new opening.

“Cleveland is the only job I would consider,” Arians said. 

Arians was an offensive coordinator for the Browns from 2001-2004. He was also interviewed for their head coaching vacancy in 2013.

In an NFL age where young offensive geniuses have become the trendy preference, Arians’ history on the offensive side of the ball becomes an intriguing option.

Though Arians is 20 years older than current offensive gurus like the Rams’ Sean McVay or the Vikings’ John DeFilippo, his resume speaks to a similarly advanced offensive mind.

It is hard to imagine someone referring to the 66-year-old Arians as a “Boy Wonder” these days, but that’s what people referred to him as in 1983 as the 30-year-old head coach of the Temple Owls.

Recently, Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen referred to Arians as a “Ghostly legend” rather than a “Boy Wonder.”

Whatever coach takes over for the Browns will have to opportunity to mold the top pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Baker Mayfield, who leads all rookies with a QB rating of 81.5.

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