The Cleveland Browns are in the fourth week of their search for their seventh full-time coach since 1999.
This, after they fired Rob Chudzinski earlier this month, days after the team finished 4-12 and less than a year after he was hired.
Since then, they’ve been repeatedly turned down by head-coaching candidates this offseason, but they finally found someone willing to take the job, and it’s Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, according to Browns beatwriter Mary Kay Cabot:
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 23, 2014
Pettine wanted the job “badly” and is willing to work with front-office structure that includes CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi under Jimmy Haslam
The 47-year-old Pettine spent four seasons as a defensive coordinator under Rex Ryan with the New York Jets before joining the Bills. Pettine also has worked as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens.
Last year, his Bills defense achieved a franchise-best 57 sacks while grabbing 23 interceptions.
Broncos OC Adam Gase, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and Cardinals DC Todd Bowles were just a few candidates who said “thanks, but no thanks” to the Browns.
McDaniels was reported to be the Browns’ first choice and was among the first interviewed. He announced before the Patriots’ postseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts that he was withdrawing his name from consideration for the Browns position.