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The end is near

January 22, 2014 - Mike McLain
Now that Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase has pulled his name from consideration for the Browns coaching job, it appears the team might be closing in on Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Several reports stated that owner James Haslam, CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi had a second interview with Pettine Tuesday night at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Reports state that the Browns were prepared to offer Pettine the job, but the management group left town without a deal.

The Browns also have an interest in Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is obviously tied up with the Seahawks' trip to the Super Bowl.

It's interesting that the Browns are giving such serious consideration to defensive coordinators. It was assumed that an offensive-minded coach would top the wish list because of the expected selection of a quarterback in the NFL draft. Attempts to lure New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Gase proved unsuccessful when both men removed their names from consideration.

It seems clear now that there will be no "wow' candidate interviewed -- ala a Jim Tressel. If Pettine is the choice, it will have zero positive impact on an angry fan base.

The Bills are coming off a 6-10 season. The defense was ranked 10th overall in the NFL (28th against the run and fourth against the pass). The Browns defense, which was coordinated by Ray Horton, finished ninth overall.

If the Browns are now looking for a defensive coordinator, why didn't they make a stronger effort to keep Horton on board? Hiring Pettine would again shine a spotlight on the absurdity of the entire search, dating back to the firing of Rob Chudzinski after only one season on the job.


Article Comments



Jan-23-14 7:49 AM

The stage is being set for the NFL to take over ownership of the Browns and then move them to LA.

Jan-23-14 5:59 AM

nothing is going to be any different in the Browns camp until the upper management let the couching staff do their jobs.Upper management need to stop being Monday morning quarterbacks, run the business that is your job.They had two of the best and both left,went on to bigger and better. Wining Super Bowls and the out come when these men were couches in Cleveland were the same as they are were this season. Something is seriously wrong up there.


Jan-22-14 4:18 PM

The Brown's are going to have a hard time finding anyone with good credentials in coaching, willing to throw away their future by accepting any Brown's offer. I thought as well as many others that Chudzinski was doing a good job, with what he had to work with. They was starting to show signs of a professional football team. The should bring Chadzinski back and clean house in the front office, that seems to be the biggest problem. Let the coach decide who they draft, trade or just let go. They definitely need a good quarterback, but anyone that's good won't want to play for the Brown's. Browns management changes quarterbacks and coaches, like most people change their socks and under-ware. To have a good caliber football team it takes money, like the saying money talks and BS walks. Offering mediocre paying contracts, won't get them a good caliber team either. The Brown's have a good loyal fan base, but losing year after year is starting to take its toll.


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