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Bills will face Pettine next season

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2014 – 4:34 pm

The Bills lost their defensive coordinator Mike Pettine Thursday as he becomes the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. But he’ll be coaching back in Orchard Park in 2014.

That’s because the Bills will play host to the Browns next season. When Buffalo faces Cleveland will be known in mid-April when the NFL releases their 2014 regular season schedule.


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Pettine lands in Cleveland

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2014 – 2:12 pm

His plane from Mobile that was connecting through Atlanta en route to Cleveland today was delayed, but the local television station in Cleveland is reporting that Mike Pettine’s plane has landed.

ESPN has reported that the Browns will formally offer him the Browns head coaching job and proceed to negotiate contract terms to finalize and consummate the partnership.


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Schefter: Pettine wants the Browns job

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2014 – 11:43 am

ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter just appeared on ESPN radio in Cleveland to provide further clarity to his tweet a bit earlier this morning that the Browns are prepared to offer their head coaching job to Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Here’s what he said in a brief interview just a few minutes ago late Thursday morning.

“I think they’re going to offer him the job and then they’ll begin to negotiate terms,” said Schefter. “That has not yet begun. So we’ll have to see how it goes when things get underway with contract talks, but the understanding that Chris Mortensen and I have is they’re going to offer Mike Pettine the job and assuming the two sides can work out a deal that they have not yet had discussions on then Mike Pettine will get hired as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns.”

Schefter left the door open a crack that if negotiations don’t go well things could change, but he believes all parties involved want Pettine as head coach to be the end result.

“They will have to get the deal done with Pettine, but they’re expected to offer him the job, he wants the job, they want him to take the job, so unless something happens that’s where it’s headed right now unquestionably,” Schefter said.


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Report: Pettine to be offered Browns job

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2014 – 11:18 am

The waiting game may finally be over. ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter is reporting that the Browns are going to offer their vacant head coaching job to Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

So it sounds like as long as the two sides can agree on the contract terms Pettine will become the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns.


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Pettine reported as front runner for Browns job

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2014 – 8:01 am

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine should learn his ultimate fate concerning the Browns vacant head coaching position for which he is now being labeled a front runner in some media reports. He and one other unnamed finalist for the job will interview one final time in Cleveland with the Browns brass Thursday.

There are conflicting reports as to whom Pettine is in direct competition with. NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport reported that it was Seattle DC Dan Quinn who was the other finalist, but other reports disputed that. However, those other reports could not concretely say who the other finalist was.

Either way it appears that the chances of the Bills losing Pettine to the Browns is at worst a 50-50 proposition.


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Schefter calls Pettine Browns fall back option

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2014 – 4:54 pm

ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter made an appearance on the Michael Kay Show in New York on ESPN radio and he was asked about where things stood with the Cleveland Browns head coaching job and whether Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine would be named to the post. He categorized Pettine as a “fall back” option. Here were his full comments on the Browns job and Pettine.

“I’ll say this on the Cleveland Browns. Expect the unexpected,” said Schefter late Wednesday afternoon. “The Mike Pettine situation is going on, they’ve interviewed him twice. If they wanted to hire him they could just go ahead and do that and maybe they still will.

“But me reading between the lines, they’re hopping around, they’re interviewing other candidates, they’re bouncing around the country. I think if Pettine were their guy it would just be over and done with. And the longer it goes on the less likely in my mind that Pettine becomes the guy.

“I think he’s in play clearly. I think I would categorize him now as a fall back option. I think they’re looking at other things. They’re interviewing other candidates. They spoke to Dirk Koetter this morning. They’re continuing to reach out to people.

“But the one thing I will say is expect the unexpected. If you think it’s going to be Mike Pettine. If you think it’s going to be Dirk Koetter, get ready for that curve ball.”


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Report: Pettine to hear from Browns by days end

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2014 – 11:43 am

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is still down at the Senior Bowl after interviewing with the Browns a second time last night. Naturally he’s being asked for comment on how things went with Cleveland Tuesday evening, but he’s chosen not to comment until he hears back from the Browns, which he reportedly expects in short order.

A Browns reporter has tweeted that in asking for Pettine to comment, the Bills defensive coordinator declined, but did say he expects to hear back from the Cleveland franchise by the end of today (Wednesday).

Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter who was reportedly to be interviewed by Cleveland must presumably happen today if the Browns are to make a final decision.


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Browns have no offer for Pettine yet

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2014 – 8:55 am

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had his second interview with the Cleveland Browns Tuesday night in Mobile, but reports indicate the club will interview other candidates and have not offered the job to the sharp defensive play caller.

That according to a Cleveland.com report. Reports have indicated that the Browns will interview Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and plan to interview Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn a second time. So at this point the Bills and Pettine are again in a holding pattern.

Bills GM Doug Whaley admits it puts them in a tough spot.

“It’s a concern for us because even though you do have a plan the longer it goes it may throw a wrench in that plan and also it’s probably frustrating for coach Pettine,” Whaley told Buffalobills.com. “You’d really like to hear an answer one way or the other as soon as possible so he could get a staff together.”


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Report: Browns to interview Atlanta OC Koetter

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 4:19 pm

Other candidates for the Browns head coaching job are beginning to surface. FOX Sports Alex Marvez has lobbed another name into the candidate pool.

According to Marvez, Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is going to meet with the Browns about their vacant head coaching position.

For those Bills fans worried about the potential departure of Mike Pettine, who is a candidate for the job this is a good development. Having seen Denver OC Adam Gase pull his name from the list of candidates today (Tuesday) and then see an offensive coordinator added to the pool is an indication that Cleveland is still eager to find an offensive mind knowing that side of the ball needs more fixing for their club.


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Report: Pettine 2nd interview w/Browns tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 2:38 pm

We’ve heard for almost a week that Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had earned a second interview with the Cleveland Browns for their vacant head coaching post. Now we know when it will take place.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Pettine will have his second interview with the Browns tonight (Tuesday).

This news comes in the wake of Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase pulled himself out of the running for the Browns head coaching post. Schefter did also report earlier Tuesday that the Browns intended to interview “other candidates.”


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Report: Browns to interview “other candidates”

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 12:02 pm

The Cleveland Browns coaching search was seemingly narrowed Tuesday with the report that Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase had pulled his hat out of the ring. Now there is a report that Cleveland will be interviewing other candidates.

That according to ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter, who tweeted as much.

This report also indicates that the Browns were keeping their interview schedule open in the hopes of meeting with Gase and now that he’s declined they’ll move ahead with interview number two for Bills DC Mike Pettine and pursue a second interview with Seattle DC Dan Quinn.


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Dareus hoping Pettine stays put

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 11:29 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus, who is headed to Hawaii for his first Pro Bowl, made an appearance on the John Murphy show Monday evening. After talking about his first NFL all-star game appearance he was asked about the possibility of losing Mike Pettine as his defensive coordinator knowing he’s in the running for the Cleveland Browns head coaching post.

“Oh man. I don’t know. I have no control over that,” said a suddenly serious Dareus. “I would really, really hate to see him leave. At the same time it’s still a business and football is football and we’ve got to just go out there and play.”

With Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase now reportedly removing his name as a candidate for the Browns job, Pettine’s odds of becoming a head coach in the NFL have improved.

Dareus liked the way Pettine gave him freedom in his role at defensive tackle this past season.

“They pretty much gave me the freedom to do my job and play the game I wanted to play,” Dareus said. “He told me to play hard and be myself. Coach Pettine always let us go, let the defensive line go and get after the quarterback when we can and when we know it’s a pass.”

Dareus finished with a career-high 7.5 sacks in 2013.

 


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Report: Denver OC Gase tells Browns he’s out

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 11:23 am

According to the Denver Post beat reporter for the Broncos, Mike Klis, Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase has withdrawn his name as a candidate for the Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy.

Klis reported the following this morning.

Gase was considered one of the front runners for the job by the Cleveland media even though he had yet to interview with the club. There were rumors over the weekend that Gase might remove his name from contention.

The other reported favorite was Seattle DC Dan Quinn, but with him also preparing for the Super Bowl they would have to wait to hire him as well.

Whittling down the candidate pool certainly doesn’t help Buffalo’s odds of holding onto defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who is reported to have a second interview lined up with the Browns.


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Browns fans leaning toward Quinn for HC

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 10:20 am

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is in the hunt for the vacant Cleveland Browns head coaching post. Reports indicate he’ll get a second interview with the AFC North club. But where do Browns fans stand when it comes to their preferences of the candidates that have been mentioned for the job?

Cleveland.com conducted a poll online asking Browns fans which coaching candidate they preferred for their next head coach. Here were the results as of 9:40 am Tuesday.

Which candidate is your favorite for the Browns?
Dan Quinn 48.23%  (2,596 votes)

Other: 20.92%  (1,126 votes)

Adam Gase 16.56%  (891 votes)

Mike Pettine 14.29%  (769 votes)

Total Votes: 5,382

The Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator is the clear front runner by more than a 2:1 margin over the next highest vote getter among fans. It’d be hard to blame them in light of what he’s done with his NFC champion defense. Beyond that however, it’s clear that Browns fans have other preferences as ‘Other’ came in second with almost 21 percent of the vote.
The only drawback for the Browns with Quinn is they’ll now have to wait to hire him until after the Super Bowl if he’s their top candidate.

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Marrone on Pettine situation

Posted by Chris Brown on January 20, 2014 – 4:02 pm

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine remains in contention for the vacant Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy after interviewing with the AFC North club last week. There are reports he will interview a second time with Cleveland. Bills head coach Doug Marrone commented on how the situation may impact his team if things work out for Pettine in Cleveland.

“Obviously Mike has done a great job even prior to coming to Buffalo and obviously did a great job for us this year,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “We’re in a profession where people are going to recognize that. We’re very happy for Mike.”

“Obviously he’s in a process that Cleveland controls right now. They’re getting ready to make decisions and we’re there to support Mike and help him and if it goes well and he has the opportunity to go then Doug (Whaley), myself and Russ (Brandon) have already met and we’re ready to do what we have to do for our organization.”


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Report: Pettine still to meet w/Browns 2nd time

Posted by Chris Brown on January 19, 2014 – 8:27 pm

While the reports were out there that the Cleveland Browns were to have a second interview with Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for their vacant head coaching job, that second interview has yet to take place.

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport Pettine will be called back for his second interview.

Rapaport did not have a timetable as to when it will take place, but it will presumably take place this week. The NFL reporter also made it clear that the Browns still have strong interest in Denver’s offensive coordinator and Seattle’s defensive coordinator.

“The Browns are committed to interview Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn,” he said. “Gase at this point does seem to be their top target, but there is no guarantee he will even interview. The other candidate Dan Quinn there’s a lot of mutual interest there. The Seahawks would expect that interview to happen quickly.”

 


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The other Browns head coaching candidates

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2014 – 9:26 am

With the news breaking Wednesday night that Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will interview Thursday for the vacant head coaching job of the Cleveland Browns, here’s a look at the other names around the league that have been linked to the Browns head coaching post.

While some might see the Cleveland job as an unattractive one with a seemingly misguided course for the future (see: Richardson trade, Chudzinski firing combo), the fact remains that they have a top 10 defense with a good deal of talent. The offense is what needs fixing including a search for a better quarterback answer.

But as Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pointed out in his letter to Cleveland fans, their club has more salary-cap room than all but one NFL team. They also have three of the top 35 picks in the upcoming draft and five of the top 83 selections.

Candidates still in contention for Browns job
Adam Gase – Denver Broncos offensive coordinator – Reported to be the front runner for Browns job, but has not yet interviewed with Broncos still in playoffs.

Mike Munchak – Former Tennessee Titans head coach – Interviewed, reported to be a fallback option.

Dan Quinn – Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator – Interviewed, still coaching in playoffs. Reported to be a fallback option.

Mike Pettine – Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator – Scheduled to interview Thursday.

Bob Stoops – Oklahoma Sooners head coach – Only reported by media to be a candidate.

Candidates no longer in contention
Todd Bowles – Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator – Removed himself from consideration for job.

Ben McAdoo – Green Bay Packers QBs coach – Hired as Giants offensive coordinator.

Josh McDaniels – New England Patriots offensive coordinator –  Removed himself from consideration for job.

Ken Whisenhunt – San Diego offensive coordinator – Accepted Tennessee Titans head coaching post.


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