After a brief flirtation with Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly that didn’t amount to much, rumor has it the Cleveland Browns are turning their attention toward a former offensive coordinator of theirs and a current head coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
According to reports, the Browns are interviewing Montreal Allouettes head coach Marc Trestman in Barea, Ohio this afternoon. The 56-year old Trestman was the Browns’ quarterbacks coach in 1988 and the team’s offensive coordinator in 1989, when he worked extensively with signal caller Bernie Kosar en route to the AFC Championship Game, and an eventual 37-21 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Trestman also interviewed at length with the Chicago Bears on Monday afternoon for their head coach opening, vacated with the recent firing of Lovie Smith, who himself appears to be a new target of the Philadelphia Eagles who recently parted ways with long-time head coach Andy Reid.
After taking a shot at Chip Kelly, Doug Marrone and Bill O’Brien — who all summarily found other opportunities soon after their interviews — perhaps the Browns are going the conservative route here by interviewing someone who has worked for them previously, but is still attractive enough to have had other interviews in recent days.
Trestman has seen success in both his coaching stints and in compiling a 64-34 record during his time in Montreal, so while his name may not have the bling value of some of the other candidates the Browns have been considering, he may be just the right fit given the circumstances.