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Pettine would have withdrawn if Browns search had gone longer


New Browns head coach Mike Pettine was ready to tell the team he was no longer interested if their 25-day coaching search had gone much longer.

Pettine told WGR-AM 550 in Buffalo that he didn’t want to put his old boss, Bills head coach Doug Marrone, in a difficult spot where he needed a new defensive coordinator a month into the offseason. And so Pettine was ready to tell the Browns, “Thanks, but no thanks,” if the Browns hadn’t finally offered him the job.

“That was starting to wear on me these last couple of days,” Pettine said. “I talked to Doug and it was getting to the point where I’d say, ‘Hey, if this goes on much longer I need to pull out, because it’s just not fair to the Bills.'”

That may explain why the Browns decided not to wait to have another interview with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn after the Super Bowl: If Pettine had pulled out and then Quinn turned them down, the Browns would have been left scrambling to find a new coach.

Instead, they’ve got their new coach. Finally.

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41 Responses to “Pettine would have withdrawn if Browns search had gone longer”
  1. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 24, 2014 1:09 PM

    6-10 coming right up. Let’s face it.

  2. pittsburghfan71 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:10 PM

    Firing their coach after 1 season was dumb. Cant turn around that team in a year. They need to give this guy atleast 3 years to find out what he can do in the long term rather than the short term.

  3. apkyletexas says: Jan 24, 2014 1:10 PM

    So –

    – they didn’t really want him…

    – and he wasn’t so sure he wanted them…

    Yeah, this should work out really well. The Browns might want to start preparing their coaching search list for next year.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 24, 2014 1:10 PM

    Eventually Mike stuffed Lombardi, Banner, and the other Stooge into a small closet together and wouldn’t let them out until they made up their minds.

  5. bucrightoff says: Jan 24, 2014 1:11 PM

    Probably should have withdrawn, based off what happened to Chud this guy has pretty much 1 year to get it done.

  6. rudes22 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:11 PM

    Sounds like the Browns reeeeeally want this guy.

  7. crindal3000 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:12 PM

    It must suck to be a browns fan.

  8. smartanis says: Jan 24, 2014 1:13 PM

    I’m already putting aside popcorn for when the Browns fire Pettine at the end of the season because (insert highly-regarded college coach here) puts out feelers to see what pro teams might be interested. I’m putting aside even more popcorn for when that coach dances with the Browns for a little while, then takes the Jets job instead.

  9. olskool711 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:13 PM

    If Pettine is as good as some say.

    And, the Browns get a top young Quarterback.

    And, the Browns have another player or two, join the other six, as pro bowlers.

    What will all the trolls on this board do?

  10. macbull says: Jan 24, 2014 1:16 PM

    So the Browns were forced to offer the job to Pettine or his was going to withdraw.

    …great reason to hire Pettine.

  11. gf2711 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:17 PM

    It already puts the Bills in a bad spot. We’re going to have a tough time prying coaches from other organizations a month into the offseason after Pettine picks through our current coaches.

  12. swiftalo12 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:21 PM

    Like so many others, he’s going to wish he pulled out when he had the chance…

  13. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:22 PM

    I’ve got a good feeling about this guy. I hope we can ge Kubiak for OC and I really hope we don’t end up with Manziel

  14. douchebigelow says: Jan 24, 2014 1:22 PM

    What are the odds of this guy getting fired before the season starts?

  15. gbrim says: Jan 24, 2014 1:26 PM

    NFL should impose a hiring ban throughout the playoffs. That puts all teams on the same footing for hiring coaches at all levels (head, coordinator, position). The best candidates are more likely to get the jobs they want and deserve, and no teams are likely to be way behind the hiring timeline that becomes the norm. It would be a feeding frenzy, but an improvement over the current system.

  16. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:36 PM

    My biggest fear as a Steelers fan is that someday the Browns might get it right. Should that ever happen, Tomlin’s career in Pittsburgh might even be shorter…

  17. christophershearin says: Jan 24, 2014 1:40 PM

    Get ready for more of the same with the three stooges running the show….

  18. bryans49ers says: Jan 24, 2014 1:53 PM

    This gives the Browns a full year to search for next coach. .
    In retrospect: This organization is a joke and it’s being run by a crook which will hamper any efforts to hire quality successful coaches and big free agents .
    For the fans sake , maybe the league should step in and get a strong indication on where this team is going and their plan because it seems that Ownership is crashing this organization on purpose.

  19. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 24, 2014 1:54 PM

    It sounds nice to say we’re taking our time, conducting an extensive search, leaving no stone unturned, but the reality is these guys can’t wait around too long. The last team to hire a head coach is probably not getting the best one available and the pool of potential assistant coaches is shriveling up.

  20. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 24, 2014 2:03 PM

    this clown should of withdrawn no matter what. no coach has EVER succeeded in the mistake by the lake. what makes pettine any different?

  21. iloveagoodnap says: Jan 24, 2014 2:15 PM

    medialovesthecowboys says:
    Jan 24, 2014 1:09 PM
    6-10 coming right up. Let’s face it.
    Your being too generous. The Browns havent surpassed 5 wins since Bush was in office.

  22. pacodawg says: Jan 24, 2014 2:39 PM

    Let me get this straight. Chud sucks bad, real bad. Loser of 7 in a row, awful clock management, wanted to play weedon over hoyer, players walked all over him, no presence. No let’s give him more time to see more of this. Good move by the browns, cut your loses and move on.

  23. puntonfirstdown says: Jan 24, 2014 2:43 PM

    That’s one heck of an organization they’re running up there.

  24. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 24, 2014 2:55 PM

    People can put a negative spin on being a Browns fan all they want. But here’s the deal, whenever I meet a Browns fan, I know they’re a true football fan … the loyal, real thing. … I can’t say that for most teams’ fans, including my own.

    -Titans Fan

  25. bunjy96 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:03 PM

    They needed Schiano.

  26. thefiesty1 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:11 PM

    He should have run away as fast as he could. Now his career is over.

  27. Kaz says: Jan 24, 2014 3:14 PM

    Well that should damper the excitement (if there was any) of the hire. That says a lot that the Browns 36th choice almost withdrew his name.

  28. pekkle007 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:34 PM

    Another brilliant personnel move by Banner. That’s rt, just wait till the last min when you have no leverage. What does Haslam see in this guy?

  29. billsfan1 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:40 PM

    He may work out but the fact that the agent would have let them know that they need to make a decision and would have been left stuck if the Seattle coach turned them down speaks volumes.
    didnt they do the same thing last year ?

  30. siggtacular says: Jan 24, 2014 3:46 PM

    The Cleveland Browns will always be at the bottom of the barrel in the AFC North. It’s just fate.

    Baltimore Ravens

    since ’96

    2000 Super Bowl Champions

    2012 Super Bowl Champions

  31. kenkhsu says: Jan 24, 2014 3:58 PM

    Like Pettine or not, that was some shrewd move and you just need to respect that.

  32. jaredl77 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:11 PM

    I like everything I’ve read and heard about Pettine. I like the fact that it appears he’s not going to let this front office push him around.

    It seems as though Pettine knows how to communicate with players in a way that they are open to, but also demands respect. This a main trait of all successful head coaches. He’s been a part of successful defenses in 3 different organizations. It seems at this point getting the right offensive coordinator a young qb, some filled holes via free agency and the draft, and this franchise will be on it’s way. Will it happen? Only time will tell.

  33. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 24, 2014 4:22 PM

    I think he has a great opportunity. He’s got a good jump on other rookie coaches. With the Bengals and Ravens in division, that’s 4 automatic wins.

  34. rr2000k says: Jan 24, 2014 4:41 PM

    I’m sure this will end well….

  35. jackybadass says: Jan 24, 2014 4:45 PM

    How many rebuilding seasons can one team have? Forever I guess!

  36. donmcg2012 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:55 PM

    He’s got my support.

  37. vincentbojackson says: Jan 24, 2014 7:55 PM

    Cleveland Browns – 5 coaches since 2008.

    What a waste of time and money.

  38. oldcracker says: Jan 24, 2014 7:56 PM

    I really hope he can keep Banner & Bonehead out of his office.

    If it doesn’t go well, who’s the next fall guy?

  39. vincentbojackson says: Jan 24, 2014 8:10 PM

    olskool711 says:

    If Pettine is as good as some say.

    And, the Browns get a top young Quarterback.

    And, the Browns have another player or two, join the other six, as pro bowlers.

    What will all the trolls on this board do?


    Just what exactly in the Brown’s history would even remotely suggest they can successfully draft a “top young quarterback”? They’ve had 25 different players start at QB since Kosar left.

    The “trolls” can be a bit harsh, but you Browns homers are delusional.

  40. fosterpops01 says: Jan 24, 2014 8:44 PM

    Two Years Tops!!!

  41. thesilverbandit says: Jan 24, 2014 9:40 PM

    Jim Schwartz is the new DC in town… could have been a lot worse.

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