Former North Penn Head Coach Hired By Cleveland Browns

Posted: January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

pettineThe Cleveland Browns, one of the most dysfunctional franchises in sports, have reportedly agreed to hire former Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine as their newest head coach. This comes a month after the team fired first year coach Rob Chudzinski after he and the Browns went 4-12 in 2013.

Pettine, 47, has never been a head coach at the professional level. But, he was a four time PI-AAAA state champion with North Penn in the late-90s and early-2000s. Pettine’s father, Mike Pettine Sr. was a heralded head coach at Central Bucks West, where Mike Jr. played high school ball as a quarterback and defensive back.

The first time NFL coach took a long and windy road to his current destination. After experiencing rampant success with the Knights of North Penn, Pettine joined the defending champion Baltimore Ravens in 2001 and was promoted to outside linebacker coach in 2005 when Rex Ryan became the team’s defensive coordinator. Pettine would follow Ryan to New York, where the former became the Jets’ defensive coordinator in 2009. When his contract expired a year ago, the Buffalo Bills grabbed the defensive guru for the same role. Both New York and Buffalo experienced dramatic upswings in defensive production once Pettine joined each franchise.

For Cleveland, the move is a bit out of left field. The Browns shocked most pundits when they fired Chudzinski just 11 months after they hired him. But, Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi clearly wanted to go in another direction. After flirting with offensive gurus like Denver’s Adam Gase and New England’s Josh McDaniels, Cleveland has settled on Pettine. Defense wins championships, they say. For the city of Cleveland, absent a title since the Browns last won the NFL Championship in 1964, that mantra had better be true.

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