The Cleveland Browns are ‘talking to’ current Toronto Argonauts bench boss Ryan Dinwiddie regarding their head coach vacancy, according to The Land on Demand’s Tony Grossi.
“Sometimes you interview guys out of curiously,” Grossi’s source said. “I don’t think Jimmy [Haslam] would let them do something like that. But he is open-minded.”
Dinwiddie was hired by the Argos in December. He spent the past four seasons as the Calgary Stampeders’ quarterbacks coach, joining the Stamps in 2016 after three years on the Montreal Alouettes coaching staff as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.
Prior to putting on the headset, Dinwiddie was a star quarterback at Boise State University and spent two seasons on the Chicago Bears practice roster. He played five seasons in the CFL including three with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2006-08) and two with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2010-11).
His first career start came in the Bombers’ 2007 Grey Cup meeting with Saskatchewan and in his regular season debut as a starter — on July 24, 2008, against Calgary — he threw for 450 yards.
Dinwiddie has worked closely with Bo Levi Mitchell and pending free agent Nick Arbuckle. While Mitchell missed seven games with a pectoral injury, Arbuckle posted a 4-3 win-loss record. He completed 174-of-238 passes for 2,103 yards with 11 touchdowns against five interceptions and ran 27 times for 76 yards and four majors.
Mitchell earned the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award in 2018 under Dinwiddie’s guidance as he threw for 5,124 yards and a league-leading 35 touchdowns. Stamps QBs led the league with a pass efficiency rate of 99.2 and had a CFL-best 44 completions of at least 30 yards.
Mitchell had a shot at the NFL in 2018, Arbckle worked out for the New York Giants in December and it seems Dinwiddie could have a chance now or even in the future.