After the Browns lost to the Steelers, Mike Pettine said he was still gathering information on a report that quarterback Johnny Manziel was in Las Vegas Saturday despite being in the concussion protocol after reporting concussion symptoms during the week.
Pettine can put a pin in his fact-finding mission because Manziel and the rest of the Browns aren’t his problem anymore. The team announced that Pettine, who had a 10-22 record in two years in Cleveland, has been fired on Sunday evening.
The announcement also featured confirmation that General Manager Ray Farmer has been relieved of his duties as well.
“We greatly appreciate Ray and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns,” Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. “We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team is positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and I take full responsibility. We will approach the search for our next football coach and executives to lead our football operations with a clear vision regarding what we need to do to build a successful organization. We will be methodical in looking for strong, smart leaders with high character who are relentlessly driven to improve our football team, willing to look at every resource possible to improve, and who embrace collaboration to ultimately make the best decisions for the Cleveland Browns. We are fully committed to bringing our fans the winning organization they so clearly deserve.”
Whoever replaces Pettine will be the team’s 10th head coach since they rejoined the league in 1999. Farmer’s replacement will be the eighth man to hold the General Manager title for a franchise that finds itself making these kinds of moves far too often.