We’ve heard a lot of noise out there in the Twittersphere tonight from Cleveland, Buffalo, and league-wide sources about Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and the Cleveland Browns following his second interview with the team, which according to WKYC’s Jim Donovan lasted about five hours. According to multiple sources, while it appears that things are progressing and we may be close to reaching a point of inevitability, there is no deal to speak of tonight.
It appears that the team is going to continue with another interview tomorrow, presumably Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter or Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
As for that inevitability part…
Pettine is in his fifth year as a defensive coordinator, four of which were under Rex Ryan with the New York Jets. He also has experience as an outside linebackers coach in Baltimore prior to that. The 47-year-old is on the outspoken side and reportedly well-liked by players. His Bills’ defense was ranked 4th best in Pro Football Focus’s advanced cumulative defensive statistics in 2013. His defenses have traditionally been top ten units with elite run stopping and pass coverage abilities with a slight weakness in pass rushing. Last year, however, the Bills had 57 sacks and three players with double digit sack totals, good for 2nd in the league.
After being turned away by Josh McDaniels, Todd Bowles, Ken Whisenhunt, Ben McAdoo, and Adam Gase, the pool of candidates as it currently stands includes Pettine, Quinn, Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, former Titans head coach Mike Munchak, Koetter, and possibly San Francisco defensive coordinator Jim Tomsula, who the team has reportedly done some background work on recently.