Our long national nightmare is over.
The Cleveland Browns have a coach.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns have reached a deal with Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to become their head coach.
That brings to a close a long and winding search to find a replacement for one-and-done Rob Chudzinski.
Pettine brings a different approach to the job, and wasn’t among the first crop of names mentioned for the job. But he flew into Cleveland today and apparently has struck a deal.
He was one of 10 candidates to interview for the job, along with (take a deep breath) Dan Quinn, Todd Bowles, Josh McDaniels, Ken Whisenhunt, Ben McAdoo, Mike Munchak, Rich Bisaccia, Dirk Koetter and Greg Schiano.
Of that group, Bowles and McDaniels took their names out of the running, and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase declined a chance to interview.