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Report: Browns close to hiring Bills DC Mike Pettine
- Updated: January 23, 2014
The Cleveland Browns were the first team to fire their head coach once the regular season ended, and they are closing in on becoming the last team to hire a new head coach. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport the Browns are close to hiring defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 23, 2014
Pettine has spent time with the Ravens as a coaching assistant, defensive line assistant coach, and outside linebackers coach, before moving on to becoming the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills. Pettine recently had his second interview in Cleveland and according to reports all was “good”. Rapoport is also reporting that Pettine is the only one of the Brown candidates to get a third interview with the franchise.
In a letter addressed to fans and season ticket holders, owner Jimmy Haslam said that he believed the Browns to be a “very attractive position” with several factors including: three picks in the top 35 of the 2014 NFL Draft, five picks in the top 83, second most salary cap room in the NFL, five Pro Bowlers, and one of the youngest teams in the league.
The Browns hold the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft where many have projected them to take quarterback Johnny Manziel out of Texas A&M. The Browns had one of the league’s best defenses last year and saw growth out of star receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron.
If Mike Pettine can keep that defense playing at a high level and add talent weapons on offense, the Browns and Pettine could have a good team developing.
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