The search is over in Cleveland. The Browns have officially named their 15th head coach in team history. Mike Pettine is assigned to take the helm and lead the Browns to all the success in the world. Something that the last several coaches have been unable to do.
Pettine has been a defensive coordinator since 2009. Four seasons with the New York Jets and one with the Buffalo Bills. Pettine has assembled himself as one of the league’s top defensive coaches. His unit has finished top ten every season since becoming a coordinator.
“We are thrilled to announce Mike Pettine as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” said Owner Jimmy Haslam. “Mike is the epitome of what we want the Browns to be — tough, aggressive and innovative — with a blue-collar, team-first mentality. He knows what’s necessary to beat teams in the AFC North. Most importantly, Mike has repeatedly shown the ability to lead his players to consistent improvement and success, clearly what we are striving for as he leads the Cleveland Browns moving forward.”
In Pettine’s only season with the Bills, he led the defense to a franchise record of 57 sacks this season. An accomplishment knowing they have had one of the greatest pass rushers of all time (Bruce Smith) and four Super Bowl teams.
“We wanted to be thorough from the start,” said CEO Joe Banner, “and we interviewed as many people as we could. From that group, we hired the best individual for this job. Our players and fans are going to really enjoy Mike Pettine and his leadership style. We’re excited to have him out in front of our team, and we look forward to working closely with him.”
In their first order of business, the Pettine and the Browns have already asked permission to speak with Bills’ linebacker coach Jim O’Neil. Pettine and O’Neil worked together with the Bills and Jets.
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