Browns Name Mike Pettine As Their New Head Coach

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns have named former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their new head coach.

Pettine replaces Rob Chudzinski, who was fired one day after the 2013 season after just one season in Cleveland.

Pettine was with the Bills for only one season, but prior to that he was defensive coordinator of the New York Jets for four seasons.

Pettine broke into coaching as a graduate assistant with the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. His first coaching job in the NFL was with the Baltimore Ravens, where he coached for seven seasons.

The Browns were the last team to fill there head coach vacancy this offseason and now they will go through the process of filling out the rest of their coaching staff.

The Browns will hold a press conference at 4:45PM EST on Thursday to formally introduce Pettine as their seventh full-time head coach of the new era.

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  • srdan

    hmmm, maybe they were waiting for the bills playoff run to finish to make this hire.

  • steeltown

    umm… yea

  • JT

    May God have mercy on his soul.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I’ll give him a year there before he’s gone

  • NW86

    I’d suggest that Mr. Pettine not make any major real estate investments in Cleveland. A 1-year lease would be the wiser choice.

  • Ken

    Ironically I watch the trailer last night about a Cleveland Brown movie starring Kevin Costner as their draft guru… very weird… The browns have so many young high draft picks and now more high draft picks. It’s going to get tougher for the Browns coaching to screw up that team, but I am confident they will.

  • Ken

    I think your on to something there. When a team has had the success that Bills have its impossible to keep all the parts together..

  • Daniel

    The browns were who we thought they were….
    They probably would be who we think they would be next season.

  • WilliamSekinger

    So much for hiring a ‘proven winner’ huh?

    I don’t want to dump on the Browns but there is a running joke that every season for the past decade the Browns have been ‘2 years away’ from competing. Hah! Guess it’ll be true this year as well :)

  • dennisdoubleday

    I wonder if they were waiting on the Broncos’ OC Gase and he wisely decided to wait for a better opportunity?

  • Kusko_Ken

    I’d go month to month if i were him. Maybe a suite at a holiday inn express?

  • 20Stoney

    I was just on a Browns forum, and they are pretty excited about this guy. They’re eternal optimists up there.

  • HopalongCassidy

    This time next year he’ll be managing a Pilot or Flying J truckstop to work off his contract.

  • RyanW

    Breaking news: Browns have fired Mike Pettine after 1 day as head coach.

  • Rubem Dornas

    Poor Pettine…

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    You guys shouldn’t make fun of this hiring. While he clearly was not heir first choice he has a great pedigree and will probably be exactly what the Browns need. He has a great defensive mind and will be taking over a very good defense.

    And props to Dave for the Gif at the end…. very funny.

  • srdan

    I think most of us are poking fun at the ownership rather than the coach.

  • Brendon Glad

    His daughter is in the news for tweeting: “It’s the Browns…but still pretty cool.” She’s got a lot to learn about how sensitive they are up there, but her analysis was pretty spot-on. lol.

  • Dan

    My favorite part is how the Browns announced their hiring process was taking so long because they were being thorough and meticulous….after half a dozen guys withdrew their name from consideration after being interviewed. Classic!

  • Dan

    Habemus Coachum