Pettine ran the fourth-best pass defense in the NFL. However, some Browns fans on Twitter pointed out that the Bills defense was not able to stop Brandon Weeden from pulling out a victory.
Before serving as Buffalo’s defensive coordinator, Pettine held the same job for the New York Jets from 2009 to 2012.
While Pettine steps onto the Browns coaching carousel, two more candidates have jumped off. Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles took his name out of the running, and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo is the new offensive coordinator for the New York Giants.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is asking Browns fans for patience, and this scenario could play out in one of two ways.
If the Browns wait for Adam Gase (Broncos) or Dan Quinn (Seahawks) to finish the postseason and emerge with a great coach for the next two decades, Haslam will look like a genius.
If Gase and Quinn reject the Browns, they will forced to hire one of the coaches they’ve already interviewed. That coach will fall behind his peers in terms of assembling a coaching staff and preparing for the draft.
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