Just before 4 pm today, 1-23-2014, the Cleveland Browns have name Mike Pettine as their 15th head coach in team history.
“We are thrilled to announce Mike Pettine as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” said Owner Jimmy Haslam. “Mike is the epitome of what we want the Browns to be — tough, aggressive and innovative — with a blue-collar, team-first mentality. He knows what’s necessary to beat teams in the AFC North. Most importantly, Mike has repeatedly shown the ability to lead his players to consistent improvement and success, clearly what we are striving for as he leads the Cleveland Browns moving forward.”
Where does this leave Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills. Marrone should be set to spring into action, per the organizations words, if Mike Pettine was to accept the job as head coach.
“Coach has identified a couple of guys and as soon as we hear one way or another, if it’s good news for Pettine, than we’ll just enact our plan that we have in place,” the GM said.
Under Pettine, the Bills were able to finish second in the league with 57 sacks and broke a long standing franchise record fro sacks in a season. His aggressive defense brought life back to the field for what seemed to be a lifeless defense the past couple of years. I would think that Marrone would look for someone similar defensively, so that there is not a lot of relearning for for the players as well as keeping the aggressive style that plagued offenses the entire year.