Cornerback Joe Haden is heading into his fifth NFL season and the Browns have just hired their fourth head coach in that span.
You’d think that it would be hard to get too fired up about another coaching change at that point, but Haden checked in from Hawaii with some hopeful words about what the Mike Pettine era will bring to the team. Haden said from Hawaii that he hopes Pettine installs a tough attitude and mentality on the team, citing the way the Steelers have taken on Mike Tomlin’s traits which also stands as an implicit plea to let Pettine remain in the job long enough for that to happen.
Haden also knows that Pettine spent several years coaching Darrelle Revis with the Jets and wants to play the same kind of role for Pettine in Cleveland that Revis played with the Jets in those years.
“That means he knows what a good corner is supposed to look like and I hope I can give him exactly what he wants,” Haden said, via NFL.com. “I just can’t wait to talk to him and see what approach he wants to take with me.”
Even if Pettine hadn’t coached Revis in the past, it would be a safe bet that Haden will be a centerpiece of his defensive plans in Cleveland. The fact that he has makes it easier to understand how Haden could summon up excitement for yet another coaching change.