Mike Pettine not interested in another head coaching job

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Pat Shurmur got his second head coaching job this month and he’ll get a chance to improve on the 9-23 record he compiled in two years as the Browns head coach.

Another former Browns head coach isn’t looking for the same chance at redemption. Mike Pettine, who went 10-22 in his two-year tenure, is the new defensive coordinator of the Packers, but said at a Wednesday press conference that he doesn’t see the job as a stepping stone back up the ladder.

Pettine described himself as “beat up” physically and mentally after two years in Cleveland and said it took him the better part of a year “until I felt like I could smell smells and see colors.”

“When I was the head coach, I didn’t enjoy the lack of interaction with the actual football part of it,” Pettine said. “I always made the comparison of going from being the teacher to now you’re the principal. As a coordinator [you’re] 90 percent football and 10 percent administrative stuff. That essentially flipped and I didn’t like it.”

Pettine worked as a consultant with the Seahawks in 2017, which he said served as a “springboard” for his interest in coaching again in any capacity. He has a strong record as a defensive coordinator and more success in Green Bay would likely put him back on the head coaching carousel should he change his mind at some point down the line.

13 responses to “Mike Pettine not interested in another head coaching job

  1. Oh my. Honesty over ego and cash.

    He has a good base defense and I’d be thrilled for the Cleveland fan base if they could get back to 8-8 within 2 years. I’d be surprised if they didn’t.

  2. Don’t know if we got the players to make it happen immediately, but I’m hopeful Pettine can get our defense turned around. If that happens and AR stays healthy, look out!

  3. .
    Pettine makes an astute observation. The coordinator’s position and the head coach position are entirely different jobs requiring entirely different skill sets. It’s similar to a salesman and a sales manager. They’re both in sales, but their duties and responsibilities are polar opposites.
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  4. This guy knows himself. It sounds like he was dead inside after Cleveland. He will also know soon enough that feeling again.

  5. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:

    January 24, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    This guy knows himself. It sounds like he was dead inside after Cleveland. He will also know soon enough that feeling of success, now that he’s with a championship program.
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    Very true!

  6. stellarperformance says:
    January 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm
    The New Green Bay Packers, once again the Team to Beat in the North Division

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    Nope

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