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Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (47) / 9/25/1966
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Speaking Thursday, Browns coach Mike Pettine confirmed new GM Ray Farmer wasn't present for his interviews, but said the issue was "overblown."
Pettine also insisted he's on board with the firing of GM Mike Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner, though he did call the moves "bittersweet." "(Owner Jimmy Haslam) realized there were some issues and wanted to make things right," Pettine said. "As controversial and shocking as it was, I think he’s a believer and he wasn’t going to let things stay the way they were." Pettine is wise to drink the Kool-Aid, but the situation is ripe for further dysfunction down the road. Feb 13 - 3:19 PM

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, new Browns coach Mike Pettine wasn't new GM Ray Farmer's first choice to replace Rob Chudzinski.

RapSheet reported earlier Tuesday that Farmer wasn't present for Pettine's interview. In other words, the Browns have accomplished the rather astonishing feat of having a rookie general manager who might not necessarily be on the same page as his rookie head coach. It's an "only in Cleveland" scenario if there ever was one. The fact that Pettine wasn't Farmer's first choice to replace Chud doesn't mean the duo will be doomed from the start, but it could easily lead to dysfunction down the road. That's proving to be the Browns' speciality.
Feb 11 - 8:15 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports new Browns GM Ray Farmer wasn't present for coach Mike Pettine's interviews with the team.

Farmer was promoted to GM on Tuesday. Ex-GM Mike Lombardi and ex-CEO Joe Banner interviewed all of the head-coaching candidates last month -- landing on Pettine -- only to be fired Tuesday. Due to the fact Farmer wasn't involved in Pettine's hiring, it would seem Pettine now enters 2014 on the hot seat. However, a case could be made that Farmer wasn't involved in the interviews because he was out interviewing for the Dolphins GM job only to pull out of the running later. He could actually be a fan of Pettine. If not, wins can make him one.
Feb 11 - 10:51 AM

CEO Joe Banner confirmed the Browns signed new head coach Mike Pettine to a five-year contract.

It's actually a four-year pact with a "team option" for a fifth. Still, this lengthy a deal for a coach in the NFL is rare. On the heels of firing Rob Chudzinski after one year with the organization, the Browns may be trying to send a message of stability with this contract. The deal could also be a sign of the Browns' desperation after striking out on several other candidates.
Jan 23 - 7:19 PM

Browns hired Bills DC Mike Pettine as head coach.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news, and the Browns confirmed it moments later. "Mike is the epitome of what we want Browns to be," owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. "Tough, aggressive and innovative, with a blue-collar, team-first mentality." Pettine has zero head-coaching experience above the high-school level, but has been an NFL coordinator since 2009. A Rex Ryan product, Pettine oversaw one of the league's most aggressive, havoc-creating defenses his lone year in Buffalo. He'll be the Browns' third head coach since Haslam took control of the team in 2012. Cleveland's search was messy, and full of public rejection, but they've backed into a strong hire. That being said, it's absolutely critical Pettine makes the right hire at offensive coordinator to oversee the Browns' broken, in limbo offense.
Jan 23 - 3:46 PM

Sources tell ESPN that the Browns are expected to offer their head coaching job to Bills DC Mike Pettine.

Per Adam Schefter, the two sides just need to work out contract details when they meet for a third time Thursday. The Browns are settling after striking out on Broncos OC Adam Gase and Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, but that shouldn't take away from Pettine as a very solid hire. A defensive mastermind that worked under Rex Ryan for a decade, Pettine projects to immediately turn a talented Browns defense into a serious force to be reckoned with. Even once outside of Ryan's shadow last year, he led the Bills' defense to a top-10 ranking.
Jan 23 - 11:15 AM

Bills DC Mike Pettine will fly to Cleveland on Thursday for his third head-coaching interview with the Browns.

Pettine is a definite finalist for the Cleveland job, apparently along with ex-Bucs HC Greg Schiano. The Cleveland Plain Dealer also reported Wednesday that Seahawks DC Dan Quinn isn't out of the mix, though the Browns have no interview set with Quinn at this time. The Browns seem to have moved on from Falcons OC Dirk Koetter's candidacy. Pettine would be an easy choice over Schiano if it comes down to those two, but we're dealing with the Browns here.
Jan 22 - 9:01 PM

When asked whether he expects Bills DC Mike Pettine to be named the Browns head coach, ESPN's Adam Schefter said he views Pettine as Cleveland's "fall back option."

"I’ll say this on the Cleveland Browns. Expect the unexpected," said Schefter. "If they wanted to hire [Pettine] they could just go ahead and do that and maybe they still will. But me reading between the lines, they’re hopping around, they’re interviewing other candidates, they’re bouncing around the country. I think if Pettine were their guy it would just be over and done with. And the longer it goes on the less likely in my mind that Pettine becomes the guy. I think I would categorize him now as a fall back option. I think they’re looking at other things. … Get ready for that curve ball." Pettine expects to hear back from the Browns by the end of Wednesday night. It's possible Cleveland may just be dragging this thing along while waiting for Seahawks DC Dan Quinn.
Source: ESPN Radio
Jan 22 - 5:57 PM

Bills DC Mike Pettine expects to hear back from the Browns regarding their head-coaching vacancy by the end of the day Wednesday.

"I should have some feedback on my interview by the end of the day," Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Pettine had his second interview for the job Tuesday evening. A report from the Buffalo News later that night had Pettine "getting the job," saying a deal is "close." The Browns remain the only team without a head coach, but that position could be filled by Wednesday night.
Jan 22 - 1:51 PM

The Buffalo News reports Bills DC Mike Pettine is "going to get the Browns job," and that a deal is "close."

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the sides parted without an agreement Tuesday evening, but it sounds like there are only minor details left to be worked out. It's quite possible a deal will be finalized in the next 12-24 hours. After weeks of embarrassment, it appears the Browns might finally have their man.
Jan 21 - 11:20 PM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns might decide to "look no further" if Bills DC Mike Pettine's second interview for the team's head-coaching vacancy goes well on Tuesday evening.

The Browns are getting desperate after Broncos OC Adam Gase withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday, and Pettine seems to be the only man truly interested in the job. Seahawks DC Dan Quinn is also a candidate, but can't return for a second interview until Seattle's Super Bowl run is through. Pettine reeks of a desperation candidate, but he's not a poor one. A Rex Ryan disciple, Pettine's swarming, aggressive Bills defense was one of the most underrated in the league this season.
Jan 21 - 7:03 PM

The Browns have scheduled a second interview with Bills DC Mike Pettine regarding their head-coaching vacancy.

It will take place Tuesday night in Mobile, Ala. With Broncos OC Adam Gase withdrawing his name from consideration for the Browns job, Pettine and Seahawks DC Dan Quinn are believed to be the frontrunners. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there are "other candidates," as well. Pettine had his first interview last Thursday and was reportedly impressive. If the Bills lose Pettine, it's believed that DBs coach Donnie Henderson and LBs coach Jim O'Neil are the strongest in-house candidates to replace him as DC.
Jan 21 - 1:20 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Browns want to interview Bills DC Mike Pettine for their head-coaching vacancy a second time this week.

Pettine interviewed for the job Thursday. Per FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, Pettine was very impressive the first time. While the Browns wait for Broncos OC Adam Gase and Seahawks DC Dan Quinn to be done with the playoffs, they'll talk again with Pettine. Gase reportedly doesn't even want the Cleveland job and may not interview. Quinn is interested and will also get a second interview.
Jan 19 - 12:57 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Bills DC Mike Pettine will interview for the Browns' head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.

Pettine coordinated Rex Ryan's Jets defenses from 2009-12 before jumping to Buffalo last season. Proving he wasn't just a creation of Ryan's system, Pettine oversaw one of the league's most underrated, aggressive units. The Bills were second in the NFL in both sacks (57) and interceptions (23). He'd be an intriguing choice to replace Rob Chudzinski. That being said, the Browns' defense was not the issue in 2013, while in-limbo DC Ray Horton is arguably just as deserving of a promotion as Pettine.
Jan 15 - 6:25 PM

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