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Pettine Not Worried About Harbuagh Coaching Rumors

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Browns coach Mike Pettine stressed Saturday that he doesn’t give a “flying —-” or a “rat’s —” about the report the Browns tried to trade for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh just before they hired him, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“I got a phone call saying that report was about to come out and I shot the messenger a little bit,” Pettine said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I asked, ‘How does that affect my tenure as the head coach? Has that changed?’ The obvious answer was ‘no’ and I think my next sentence, I either used the word flying followed by something, or referenced a part of a rat’s body.”

Pettine vowed that the report, by profootballtalk.com’s Mike Florio, will have no bearing on his job moving forward.

“It doesn’t faze me,” he said. “That’s noise to me. That’s a critical thing. A big part of being an NFL head coach is dealing with the noise, dealing with the distractions. Just add that one to list.”

Pettine said that if anything, such a power-play makes a positive statement on the club.

“What it tells me is that the Cleveland Browns have a desire to win and get this team back to a championship level,” he said. “To me, it shows the commitment, but as far as how it affects me and my approach to how I’m going to coach this football team and how we are moving forward, has zero effect.”

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