Dec 23 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur walks his side line in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Browns 34-12. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Scouting the AFC North: Steelers Demise & Browns Interview CFL's Marc Trestman

The Cleveland Browns are still without a head coach, and have been to the playoffs just once since returning to Cleveland 14 years ago. That may lead them to go outside the box with their next coaching hire as reports are surfacing that Montreal Alouettes Head Coach Marc Trestman of the CFL met with the team in Berea, Ohio, on Tuesday.

While hiring a CFL coach is unheard of, it’s not as though Trestman is unfamiliar with the NFL or the Browns for that matter. He previously served as the team’s offensive coordinator in 1989 under Bud Carson when Cleveland made it as far as the AFC title game. He also worked for eight different NFL teams over 17 seasons before heading to Montreal where he compiled a 64-34 and won two Grey Cup championships.


I Sports Web did a breakdown of the six plays that changed the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2012 season, and the final play that ultimately prevented Pittsburgh from going to the postseason was none other than Reggie Nelson picking off Ben Roethlisberger to set up the game-wining score:

A brutally ugly game was 10-10 with 1:47 left in the 4th quarter when the Bengals took over on their own 43-yard line, needing only about 20 yards to kick a game-winning FG.  The Steelers’ defense stepped up yet again, forcing a 3-and-out.  The Bengals punted back to the Steelers, who took over on their own 11-yard line with 44 seconds left.  After a quick first down, Roethlisberger threw a pass in the direction of David Paulsen that was nearly intercepted.  Failing to learn the lesson, rather than taking a knee and heading to overtime, Roethlisberger got a second chance to throw a brutal interception and did so, with Reggie Nelson picking off a horrible pass and returning it to the Steelers’ 46 with 14 seconds.  One out pattern to AJ Green later, the Steelers were then set up for their FOURTH walk-off game-losing FG of the season.

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