Pettine would have withdrawn if Browns search had gone longer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.

41 responses to “Pettine would have withdrawn if Browns search had gone longer

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

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

    …great reason to hire Pettine.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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 ?

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

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

  22. 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.

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