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Browns Mike Pettine considered pulling out of search

Jul 28, 2013; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine points as he talks to the Bills defense during training camp at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Newly hired Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine told a Buffalo radio station that he was considering pulling out of the coaching search.  Now, the immediate reaction for some will be that the Browns almost lost their coach and he barely wanted the job.  Obviously, Pettine wanted an answer but his bigger motivation was his respect for the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills were really wanting to get a resolution for this situation, because they wanted to figure out if they needed to find a new defensive coordinator and might find it in Mobile during the Reese’s Senior Bowl.  The Browns got their man, Pettine achieved his dream of being an NFL head coach and the Bills do need to find a new defensive coordinator.

There will undoubtedly be people who use this to criticize the Browns, but this really comes down to a matter of respect.  Pettine respected the Bills organization and wanted to limit how bad of a spot he was putting them in for this situation.  He wanted the job, but he did not want to leave the organization that had recently employed him in a terrible spot.

Topics: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Mike Pettine

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  • NWBill

    I have all the respect in the world for Mike Pettine, and I hope he has success in Cleveland – but considering how dysfunctional that organization is, and the fact that he’s never coached at this level before and is a defensive coach to boot, I think the Bills will reach the late playoffs before he finally turns things around in Cleveland – IF that owner and GM lets him, that is. It’s definitely Buffalo’s loss, especially after the massive progress they made on defense this past season; but this is the way of things in the NFL. Doug Marrone and Buffalo’s management has said that they have a plan in place, in case something like this happened – well, let’s see what they do next, and give them time to do it. Do they promote from within? Do they find a new DC from outside with a similar defensive scheme – or are we looking at yet ANOTHER wholesale change in defensive philosophy in Buffalo?

    Those are the questions that need to be answered.

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