Cleveland makes it official, Mike Pettine the new head coach of the Browns

The Browns agreed to a deal Thursday afternoon to make former Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine the fifteenth full-time head coach of the franchise.

“We are thrilled to announce Mike Pettine as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” said Owner Jimmy Haslam. “Mike is the epitome of what we want the Browns to be — tough, aggressive and innovative — with a blue-collar, team-first mentality. He knows what’s necessary to beat teams in the AFC North. Most importantly, Mike has repeatedly shown the ability to lead his players to consistent improvement and success, clearly what we are striving for as he leads the Cleveland Browns moving forward.”

“We wanted to be thorough from the start,” said CEO Joe Banner, “and we interviewed as many people as we could. From that group, we hired the best individual for this job. Our players and fans are going to really enjoy Mike Pettine and his leadership style. We’re excited to have him out in front of our team, and we look forward to working closely with him.”

The Browns have scheduled a 4:45 pm press conference to introduce Pettine.

NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora tweets that Buffalo linebackers coach Jim O’Neil would be the leading candidate to be Pettine’s defensive coordinator.

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  • MrCleaveland


    I wonder if he’ll bring Big Hoss and Chumlee with him.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oh how I cannot wait until 4:45 pm!!!!!!!

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • Lunch

    Welcome to the Cleveland Browns, Mike. You now have 1 year to turn this ship around, OR ELSE……… you’ll be sitting at home while we pay for your children, and your children’s children college fund.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Nah he’ll get more time simply because of the prior debacle with Chudzinski. The only other person with more job security in Cleveland sports is Mike Brown who’s owner had the wisdom to admit publicly that firing him was a mistake.

  • simond

    not sexy at all, but if he can get this thing turned around i dont care.

    at the Chud hire press conference, he said he wanted an attacking offense and an attacking defense. i loved hearing that and i loved that he went out and got experienced assistants like Horton and Turner.

    I’m hoping we get some experienced assistants this time around too.

  • mgbode

    and the good news keeps on coming:

    Ray Farmer opts to stay in Cleveland, will NOT take 2nd interview in Miami for GM job. So, apparently we are less toxic than the Incognito organization. Hey, it’s a start 🙂

  • Lunch

    Stop. You’re making me moist again. 😉

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    This is a big positive IMO.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You are easy! 😉

  • mgbode

    agreed. especially since all reports say he was our representative in Mobile this week. seems weird that if there was even a chance of him leaving that we would leave him in charge of scouting the senior bowl, but all that ends well and all.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    One of those things that definitely makes you go, “Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.” Then again I’m sure there has been plenty of decisions like this that would make people wonder.

  • Eric G

    I’m as meh about this as I am about the team right now

  • Lunch

    Oh yes, a few people have stated the debacle with Chudzinski’s firing, but I’m still not %100 convinced that JJ&M has learned their lesson yet.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I liked how they conducted the press conference Haslam and Banner both made brief statements and the rest was Pettine. I found Banner’s try at comedic relief lame but was glad he just made a statement then got out of the way. Hopefully he does the same when it comes to allowing Pettine coach/run the team.

  • Jared in LA

    This is pretty much my favorite comment off all time, on this site

  • MrCleaveland

    Thanks. Nice of you to say, Jared.

  • mgbode

    If you want to get excited about this hire, then please read:

    Here’s the goto excitement paragraph:
    He’s also the breakout star of Nicholas Dawidoff’s “Collision Low Crossers,” one of the top football books of the past two decades. Chronicling the 2011 Jets,
    Dawidoff paints a portrait of Pettine as a hyper-prepared, open-minded
    — often humorous — unifier who views his fellow coaches as nothing
    less than brothers.

  • nj0

    “As for scheme, you never fit your players to your system, you fit your system to your players.” Mike Pettine, Cleveland Browns Head Coach and Captain of obvious facts that most are ignorant of

    Good way to start a three day weekend.

  • Hopwin

    Soggy Lunch…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    As soon as Banner heard this in his interviewe he kicked Haslam under the table and Jimmy yelled, “HIRED!

    When Mike Lombardi heard it he wet himself!

  • historycat

    I’m so glad Buffalo was eliminated in the Championship round, so we wouldn’t have to wait another 2 weeks for this guy. Wait, what?

  • historycat

    They can’t let this guy go 4-12 (or even 6-10) and not fire him. They would look like morons for firing chud, but sticking with this guy. It’s a vicious cycle we’re stuck with until Banner is fired.

  • mgbode

    ok, conspiracy theory: we had his name in the bag, but we didn’t want him to be able to compare to other teams and we know they often copycat interviewees. so, we bided our time, waited, and pounced on Pettine once the other teams had their guys.

    seriously though, why wasn’t this guy on other people’s lists? he’s got a great resume, great references all over the place and he’s been in the NFL for a decade. this is why sometimes it’s okay to take your time and go through the whole list.