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.