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Report: Browns, Mike Pettine to talk again Thursday

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Greg Schiano dropped into the Browns coaching search out of left field on Wednesday and Josh McDaniels may be returning to the conversation, but Mike Pettine appears to be the constant as Cleveland tries to find a replacement for Rob Chudzinski.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Pettine will have a third interview with the Browns in Cleveland on Thursday, which suggests either real interest in hiring Pettine or a real commitment to making it seem like they want to hire Pettine when they actually want to hire someone else. Given the lack of competition for head coaching candidates right now, the latter approach would be quite unnecessary but it’s hard to rule much out at this point.

Pettine may not be the only person talking to the team. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that there is expected to be a second finalist interviewing on Thursday as well. Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn interviewed once and can interview again this week, although Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported no interview had been set up as of Wednesday night.

Pettine has been installed as the latest favorite for the Browns job. If he doesn’t get it after a third conversation with the team, though, it will be time for someone else to get that label.

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6 Responses to “Report: Browns, Mike Pettine to talk again Thursday”
  1. citiciti says: Jan 23, 2014 8:18 AM

    C’mon man!

  2. dynaco says: Jan 23, 2014 8:43 AM

    It’s all a ploy to get Rob Ryan to cut his hair.

  3. clownsfan says: Jan 23, 2014 8:50 AM

    If he was the guy he’d be hired by now

  4. natijim235 says: Jan 23, 2014 9:08 AM


  5. jeffreyshulenburg says: Jan 23, 2014 9:36 AM

    If Pettine is your guy, then hire him. If hes not, stop using him as leverage or stall tactics. Im starting to get a little pissed about the Browns stringing along Buffalo for this. If they would just make up their minds, Buffalo could have been interviewing DCs all week at the SR Bowl while they are all gathered. Now they have weeks of their own searching to do if Pettine really is taken away.

    Also, hands off our coach! Petine is the first respected coach in Buffalo since Jerry Grey and Bobby April left!

  6. jtakstaples says: Jan 23, 2014 2:30 PM

    Ok, so if he is going to be the next head coach…..

    Pettine called Tebow a “great man and a great football player,” adding, “If I was ever involved in selecting members of a football team, he’d be at the top of the list.”

    hmmmmm. Are the fans in Cleveland gearing up for 2014?

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