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January 7, 2013 - Mike McLain
After spending last weekend trying unsuccessfully to lure Oregon coach Chip Kelly to Cleveland, Browns owner James Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are considering Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman.
This is an interesting and creative mix to the coaching search. Trestman has a long NFL history dating back to 1985, when he was the running backs coach for the Vikings. He was the offensive coordinator for the Browns (1989), 49ers and Raiders.
Trestman, who got his coaching start as an assistant at the University of Miami in the early 1980s, returned to the college ranks in 2005 to serve as offensive coordinator at North Carolina State. In 2008 he became coach of the Alouettes.
Trestman worked with quarterback Bernie Kosar in college at Miami and for two seasons with the Browns (1988-89). Kosar has always touted Trestmam's intelligence and would undoubtedly put in a good word for him to Haslam and Banner.
Trestman is well-respected in coaching circles. His name has been rumored to head coach openings in the past, but for whatever reason he's never been able to land a job.
The fact that his name surfaced so quickly after Kelly decided to remain at Oregon bodes well for him. Hiring a coach from the CFL might not sell well to the fan base, but Haslam and Banner can't be too picky at this time.
They have to find the best man for the job and not worry about public criticism. That's going to happen no matter which person is the Browns next coach.
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