Mike Pettine appears to be the leading candidate to become the next head coach of the Browns.
The Browns are expected to offer the job to Pettine and are working out a deal, according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
Pettine emerged as the apparent favorite for the Browns’ job opening after other candidates withdrew their names. Most significantly, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels took his name out of the running during the playoffs and reportedly spurned the Browns again this week when they reached out to him after New England lost the AFC Championship Game.
The 47-year-old Pettine has never been a head coach beyond the high school level, but he did a good job as defensive coordinator of the Bills last year, and as defensive coordinator of the Jets for three years before that. He may be the right man for the job in Cleveland, even though he’ll battle perceptions that he wasn’t the Browns’ first choice.