The Cleveland Browns may have finally found someone willing to take their vacant head-coaching position, and it’s Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine:
I’m hearing Mike Pettine is going to get Browns job. A deal is close.
— Mark Gaughan (@gggaughan) January 22, 2014
Overheard at the Senior Bowl that Michael Lombardi was in Cleveland finalizing a coach and coming to Mobile in morning
— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) January 22, 2014
Pettine had his first interview with the Browns last week. He just concluded his first season in Buffalo after serving as Rex Ryan’s defensive coordinator with the Jets from 2009-2012, and is regarded as one of the brightest defensive minds in the game.
The Browns fired Rob Chudzinski earlier this month, days after the team finished 4-12 and less than a year after he was hired. Last week, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam asked fans to be patient while the team searched for Chudzinski’s replacement.
This, after a reporter called him out and said the front office were “the three stooges”:
Good times Cleveland.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, whose team will play the Broncos in the Super Bowl Feb. 2, is also possibly still in the mix, but the Browns might want to hire their man in hopes of assembling a staff sooner rather than later.