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Pettine wants to bring Jim O’Neil from Buffalo, if possible

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During his introductory press conference, new Browns coach Mike Pettine said he has potential coordinator hires in mind.  But he wouldn’t disclose them.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Pettine will bring from Buffalo to Cleveland linebackers coach Jim O’Neil as defensive coordinator — if the Bills will release O’Neil from his contract.

NFL teams aren’t required to allow position coaches still under contract to leave for promotions elsewhere (other than to head coach), so the Bills could reject the request.

O’Neil, 36, coached with Pettine at the Jets from 2009 to 2012, before heading to Buffalo with Pettine last year.

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14 Responses to “Pettine wants to bring Jim O’Neil from Buffalo, if possible”
  1. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 23, 2014 6:01 PM

    I don’t care if is Tatum Oneal, Vince Neil, etc. as long as they are a top ten defense next season and don’t blow games in the 4th. QTR. like last year under Snoop Dogg’s watch.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 23, 2014 6:02 PM

    The Bills should say just offer us a draft pick and we’ll consider it. We don’t give coaches away for free like you do, you have to buy ours away!

  3. cajunaise says: Jan 23, 2014 6:05 PM

    But what about his job at the pawn shop?

  4. browniebuck says: Jan 23, 2014 6:13 PM

    Yeah…we need to worry about who the DC is going to be when our offense is obviously the biggest hole on this football team. Who is going to groom the new QB? Who is going to be the RB for this football team? Who is going to line up at WR on the opposite side of Josh Gordon? Who is going to take the bong out of Davone Bess’ hands?

    Yeah…worry about bringing in your buddy as the DC…forget about the offense, it isn’t important!

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 23, 2014 6:14 PM

    “Jim will come if I ask. If he knows what’s good for him.”.

  6. cjspiller12 says: Jan 23, 2014 6:21 PM

    I sure hate losing Pettine as our Defensive Coordinator. He did one heck of a job for us and I’m ok with him bringing O’Neil with him to the Browns. If the Bills are smart they should just hire within instead of looking outside. Hire Donnie Henderson, he has a ton of experience, 11 years NFL and 18 years college, all on defense. He was the Defensive Coordinator for the Lions I believe in 2006 and they finished 10th overall. He was our Defensive Back coach last year and word has it, Byrd loves him. Hire him!! Don’t need someone from the outside that will change it up, keep it the way it is and promote from within. That being said, I wish Mike the very best of luck and much success in Cleveland. The Browns and Bills both deserve winning teams. I will be rooting for the Browns, just not when you guys come to the Ralph next year with your new coach!!

  7. tolan04 says: Jan 23, 2014 6:25 PM

    Browns screwed buffalo they had to wait forever for pettine to get hired. Least bills can do is block the request. Bills owe them nothing.

  8. vbe2 says: Jan 23, 2014 6:38 PM

    I give him 2 years tops.

  9. donjuan1906 says: Jan 23, 2014 7:31 PM

    When word got out Pettine was a possible on becoming HC for the Browns – a majority of Bills fans have been classy and complimentary.

    Major props to a good number of you to stay above the fray.

    Thanks for the well wishes and I hope much improvement for your organization as well.

    Sincerely from a die hard Browns fan!

  10. td40 says: Jan 23, 2014 8:28 PM

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if, for once, a new HC actually scoured every available candidate to find the best possible O and D coordinators instead of just giving his buddies at his old job a promotion?

  11. sirgrinsley says: Jan 23, 2014 8:42 PM

    It’s really not a promotion they’re thinking about hiring him as the bills defensive coordinator. That’s the same job that Mike pettine want to hire him for

  12. billsfanaddict says: Jan 23, 2014 8:48 PM

    nah cleveland, screw you, leave our coaches alone

  13. 1rockyracoon says: Jan 23, 2014 9:37 PM

    Cleveland is going to have a pipeline to Bills coaches who worked together on the Jets. Sadly, that is still an improvement for the Browns.

  14. sdsmooth says: Jan 23, 2014 10:28 PM

    Good plan Cleveland. Bring in Buffalo coaches. The only worse plan is bringing in the old Viking coaches.

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