Cleveland Browns interview CFL's Marc Trestman


With Chip Kelly returning to Oregon and Alabama's Nick Saban staying put down south, the Cleveland Browns are looking to Canada for a new head coach.

Citing a pair of league sources, Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reported that Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman of the CFL met with the team in Berea, Ohio, on Tuesday.'s Ian Rapoport later confirmed the interview, via a source with knowledge of the team's plans.

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Trestman is a familiar name to older Browns fans after serving as the team's offensive coordinator in 1989 under Bud Carson, when Cleveland made it as far as the AFC title game on the arm of Bernie Kosar. The 56-year-old Trestman later worked with eight NFL teams over 17 seasons, crafting a reputation for his sturdy work with a string of passers including Steve Young, Jake Plummer, Scott Mitchell and Rich Gannon.

Trestman -- 64-34 with a pair of Grey Cup championships in Montreal -- interviewed with the Chicago Bears for eight-plus hours on Monday, a source told the newspaper.

The Browns also expect to interview Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Where they go from there remains a mystery. The team's brass spoke of finding someone to coach the Browns who could be counted on for seasons to come. It's not clear the team is any closer to finding that special someone.

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