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BREAKING: Mike Pettine fired as Cleveland Browns head coach

After two years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Mike Pettine's tenure has come to an end


After two years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Mike Pettine’s tenure has come to an end per Ian Rapoport. The news started to break just hours before the Browns final regular season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers kicked off, with Pettine reportedly meeting with owner Jimmy Haslam regarding his future, in which he was offered no assurances. Fired along with general manager Ray Farmer, Haslam has gone for a front office sweep in an organisation famed for it’s instability. In fact, Pettine himself was replacing a one-year head coach in Rod Chudzinski, who himself replaced the two-year head coach Pat Shurmur, who had replaced the also two-year head coach of Eric Mangini. To give some perspective, the Baltimore Ravens, or the original Cleveland Browns (the Browns relocated to Baltimore in 1996, becoming the Ravens. The Cleveland Browns name returned to the NFL in 1999 as essentially a new team), have had three head coaches since their inaugural year. The Browns have had eight since their first season, with only Romeo Crennel and Butch Davis lasting more than two seasons. Pettine’s downfall was the performance of his defense. Despite being a successful defensive coordinator at both the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills before his arrival in Cleveland, the Browns never finished in the top 20 in total defense during his tenure, and had the league’s poorest rushing defense for both year’s of Pettine’s regime. The Browns are reportedly looking at Teryl Austin, the Detroit Lions defensive coordinator, and Adam Gase, the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, as two potential candidates for their next head coach. Whoever winds up with the job will have a tall order in restoring stability and a winning culture to a franchise that has not appeared in the playoffs since 2002, and has propped up the AFC North in seven of the last eight seasons.  

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