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Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (49) / 9/25/1966

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he will not fire coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer even if the team struggles this year.
Considering Haslam has already fired two head coaches and two general managers since taking over the team in 2012, it is difficult to take his sudden patience seriously. Under Haslam, the Browns have become one of the most dysfunctional organizations in the league, and it would not be surprising if we see another housecleaning following this season. Aug 1 - 1:05 PM

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Coach Mike Pettine denies there's a "seeping rift" between he and GM Ray Farmer.

ESPN Cleveland reported last week that there was growing dysfunction in the organization. As the Browns embark on training camp, Pettine insisted he and Farmer are "singing from the same hymnal" after working through their differences. Vegas has the Browns' win total at 6.5 this season. We'd bet one or both of Pettine and Farmer will be fired if they don't go at least 8-8.
Jul 27 - 9:37 PM

ESPN Cleveland says there's a "seeping rift" between coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer.

The Browns have eclipsed the Redskins as the NFL's most dysfunctional team. Farmer's texts to the sideline during games -- which earned him a four-game suspension -- highlighted an undermining of Pettine. The recent firing of Farmer confidant and Director of Player Engagement Dr. Jamil Northcutt is another blow to Farmer. This sounds a lot like the Chip Kelly vs. Howie Roseman saga, except that both of those guys had leverage because they were winning games. If Pettine and Farmer can't work together and win this season, the Browns can just fire both.
Jul 21 - 10:51 AM

As expected, Browns coach Mike Pettine has taken on a bigger offensive role this season.

Pettine felt comfortable letting veteran OC Kyle Shanahan run the offense last year, but wants to be more involved with rookie OC John DeFilippo now calling plays. "Flip and I are very much on the same page with where this offense is headed," Pettine said, adding he will help the offense game plan during the season. With a defensive-minded coach calling the shots and an unsettled situation at quarterback, the Browns could be one of the most run-heavy teams in the league.
May 16 - 12:57 PM

Coach Mike Pettine is expected to "immerse" himself in the Browns' offense in 2015.

As a first-time coach with a defensive background, Pettine let then-OC Kyle Shanahan run the show on offense in 2014. Rightfully so. Shanahan is one of the brighter offensive minds in the game, but he's now gone after begging for his release. It also didn't help that GM Ray Farmer, owner Jimmy Haslam, and other front-office types tried calling the plays from their suite. John DeFilippo is the new OC, and it's his first time as an NFL play caller. Expect Pettine to feature a run-heavy, power offense. It could benefit second-year RB Isaiah Crowell.
Feb 6 - 9:08 AM

The Browns confirm the league is investigating whether a member of the team's personnel department texted the sideline during games.

A "high-ranking" personnel man allegedly texted the sideline complaining about play calls. "Obviously I'm aware of it," coach Mike Pettine said Thursday. "I do know that's an ongoing league investigation." The use of "any electronic communication devices" on the sidelines or in the coaches' booth is strictly prohibited. That, of course, excludes headsets and league-issued tablets used for viewing photos. The Browns will likely escape with a fine if found guilty.
Jan 22 - 11:00 PM

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.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 03:19:00 PM

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.
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 08:15:00 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.
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 10:51:00 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.
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 07:19:00 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.
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 03:46:00 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.
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 11:15:00 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.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 09:01:00 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
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 05:57:00 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.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 01:51:00 PM

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