The Cleveland Browns were the last team with a head coaching vacancy, but they filled the opening on Thursday when they decided to name Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as the team’s new head coach.
It was no secret that the Browns top choice was Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, so Pettine knows that he was not Cleveland’s No. 1 option. While that could create a chip on some shoulders, Pettine has no issue with being a fall back option.
“Much has been made about the number of candidates that have been interviewed,” Pettine said when he was introduced by the team. “That doesn’t factor into my thinking at all. I wasn’t going to be like, ‘Well, if I’m not the first choice then I’m not gonna take it.’ It’s been my lifelong dream to be an NFL head coach. Sometimes the cockiness of a coach, but I’ll bet on myself. I didn’t want to back away from a job because of lack of perceived security.”
The Browns have struggled over the past seasons so they can’t get much worse and now Pettine will have the opportunity to show the Browns that he should have been their top target from the start.