Latest on the Cleveland Browns' Head Coach Search and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 7, 2013

With top coaching candidate Chip Kelly opting to return to Oregon and remain as a college head coach and their other target, Doug Marrone, choosing the Buffalo Bills, it's back to the drawing board for the Cleveland Browns in their search for a new head coach.

The Browns were the ones to give up on Kelly after not trusting he'd be 100 percent committed to the team or to being an NFL coach. They are now linked to Montreal Allouettes (CFL) head coach Marc Trestman, who has a glut of NFL experience, primarily working with offenses and quarterbacks, with ESPN's Jamison Hensley citing multiple reports. 

Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole also confirms the Browns' interest in Trestman, as well as in Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.


Baltimore Ravens

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe suffered an aggravation of his right ankle sprain in his team's Wild Card playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts. Ellerbe, however, maintains he'll be fine for next week's contest against the Denver Broncos.

Bleacher Report's Brandon Alisoglu grades Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' first on-field performance since tearing his triceps in October.


Cincinnati Bengals

On top of a looming interview with the Philadelphia Eagles, current Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is also going to meet with the Arizona Cardinals this week about their head coaching vacancy, reports Bob Baum of the Associated Press.

Kyle Battle of Bleacher Report wonders if the Bengals will be able to succeed in 2013 if Gruden leaves for a head coaching job elsewhere.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Arizona Cardinals have requested to meet with Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley about their head coaching opening.

Bleacher Report's Chris G. breaks down Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin's biggest mistakes in the 2012 season.