Friday Morning Blitz: Brown (Finally) Hire a Head Coach

Photo c/o Times-Union

Photo c/o Times-Union

Reports out of Cleveland early Thursday morning speculated that the Browns had chosen Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their next head coach.

On Thursday afternoon, the Browns made it official, singing Pettine to a five-year contract making him the Browns’ seventh full-time coach in a little more than a decade.

Pettine comes from Buffalo, where he spent the past year as the Bill’s defensive coordinator after four seasons as the New York Jets defensive coordinator. Prior to his time in New York, he  was an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens.

Pettine is a considered by many to be a Rex Ryan “disciple” of sorts, known for his no-nonsense approach to his players, but Pettine insists he is not Rex Ryan, adding, ”I won’t be predicting Super Bowls or meeting presidents.”

The Browns interviewed 10 candidates over the course of 25 days before hiring Pettine.

For more on Pettine and the Browns, read the latest from Jamie Orlando, Aerys’ Browns writer.

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Kristine Reese is the NFL editor for Aerys Sports. You can follow her on Twitter @KristineReese.

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