After taking the longest of any team to make their decision about filling their head coach position, Browns announced today that they hired former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. This is the Browns seventh new head coach since 1999 and their fourth in the last six years.
Pettine spent one year as the Bills defensive coordinator after being the Jets defensive coordinator for three years. He started his NFL coaching career as a coaching assistant for the Baltimore Ravens in 2002 and would spend six years with the team rising to assistant defensive line coach and later an outside linebackers coach.
Pettine was hired after Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel both bowed out. Browns also considered Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn but Quinn would not be available until after the Super Bowl.
Pettine is known for his hard nosed aggressive style of defense. In his single season with the Bills he was able to improve their defense in all categories. His pass rushing style was perfected during his time under Rex Ryan with the Jets.
Pettine walks into a situation with a Brown teams in desperate need of a franchise quarterback. They also need to replace their running back after they traded away their number one draft pick Trent Richardson during the season. The team has 10 selections in the upcoming NFL draft including two in the first round. The Browns have only been to the playoffs only once since being rebuilt in Cleveland in 1999 and are in desperate need of a head coach to turn the team around.