A recent report from Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland had Browns coach Mike Pettine and General Manager Ray Farmer butting heads within the organization and that their poor relationship helped lead to the recent departure of director of player engagement Jamil Northcutt.
Things haven’t always run smoothly between the two men, with Farmer’s in-game text messages from last season standing out as a big example of where things went the wrong way. On Monday, though, Pettine said that the two men “work very well together” and that the Browns’ losing record made it easy to “extrapolate [Northcutt’s departure] out so it has a negative connotation” while denying any rift exists between the two men.
“When you look at the roster moves we’ve made, from the beginning here, though this past draft and even adding Terrelle Pryor here, right up to some of the things we’re doing now around camp, we’re singing from the same hymnal virtually on every decision,” Pettine said, via Cleveland.com. “To say we agree on everything would not be accurate, but to say there’s a rift or a power struggle or a tug of war, that would be completely inaccurate.”
Pettine also said that he recently invited Farmer to join him on vacation, which may not be the best way to get away from work but does suggest that the two men aren’t at one another’s throats. Now all they need to do is figure out a way to win enough games that they can avoid being sent on an extended vacation together.