Posted January 23, 2014

Cleveland Browns hire Mike Pettine as head coach


The Browns tapped former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as the team’s new head coach. (George Gojkovich/Getty)

Following a lengthy coaching search, the Cleveland Browns hired Mike Pettine as head coach Thursday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of

Pettine served as defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2013 after holding the same position with the New York Jets from 2009 to 2012. According to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric, the Bills’ defense improved from 27th in 2012 to 4th in 2013.

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Pettine replaces Rob Chudzinski, who went 4-12 in his only season in Cleveland.


What an inspiring hire. What's the over-under he lasts until Thanksgiving week.

Psy Power
Psy Power

As long as Joe "Sgt." Banner believes he is the associate head coach/player personnel director/general manager/overall czar of team operations, a coaching staff is riding in the caboose. Mike Pettine was the only candidate who expressed an interest in the job throughout this often dysfunctional process -- his enthusiasm will get crushed by Halloween if Jimmy Haslam doesn't pull banner aside and tell him to let the coaches actually coach and have solid input on all personnel decisions.