The Cleveland Browns have finally found their new head coach. After a wild search that saw multiple candidates turn down the job, the Browns eventually settled for Buffalo Bills defensive coach Mark Pettine.
Pettine’s hiring came Thursday afternoon, according to Cleveland.com.
It was no surprise that the Browns real target was Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, but Gase called the team earlier in the week to let them know that he had decided to withdraw himself from consideration for the job.
That left the Browns looking at Plan B and Pettine was the only man who was interested in accepting the position.
There is no doubt that the Browns have plenty of talented young players — especially on the defensive side of the ball where Pettine specializes — but the men at the top of the organization have caused people to look away from Cleveland. Pettine will try to show that the Browns are still a respectable organization.