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Browns expected to hire Bills DC Pettine head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 23rd, 2014 at 12:56 am EST

The Cleveland Browns are expected to hire their new head coach in the next several days.

On Wednesday, the Browns interviewed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano. However, the Browns will not hire Schiano, as the NFL cannot do another year with Schiano as a head coach in the league.

Mike Pettine (Getty Images)

Mike Pettine (Getty Images)

Recently, the Browns interviewed Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Pettine has interviewed twice for the position.

He is also the favorite for the position, and is expected to be offered the job in the coming days. The Browns are the lone franchise without a head coach right now.

Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn was a final candidate for the position. But with the Seahawks going to the Super Bowl, it appears, according to sources, that Quinn will stay with the Seahawks for at least one more season.

Pettine has never been a head coach in the NFL. In fact, he has only been a head coach in his coaching career at the high school level.

He was the William Tennent High School football coach in 1995 and 1996. Then, he was the North Penn High School football coach from 1997 through 2001.

Since 2002, he has worked in the NFL. He was a coaching assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002 and 2003, before being promoted to Assistant Defensive Line Coach in 2004.

He was promoted once again to Outside Linebackers Coach from 2005 through 2008. He served as the New York Jets Defensive Coordinator from 2009 through 2012.

He just finished his first season as Defensive Coordinator with the Bills. The Bills had the 10th best defense this season.

They were 6th against the pass and 23rd against the run.

The Bills only allowed 30 or more points this season. That came in a 34-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on December 1st.


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