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Mike Pettine Hired by Browns, Who Finally Have a Head Coach

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Mike Pettine is the answer to the question everyone in the sports world has been asking the last month: who will be the Cleveland Browns next head coach? Pettine, formerly the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coordinator, accepted the job Thursday afternoon according to Cleveland.com. It comes after the Browns were turned down by nearly every other candidate. Oddly, enough coaches weren’t too keen on replacing Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after only one season and less than 365 days on the job.

Sadly, we won’t be able to pick a Browns coach every week. Darn.

Pettine becomes the franchise’s eighth head coach since returning to the NFL in 1999. The Browns are still paying out $49 million to the last six coaches they’ve parted ways with. The good news? The Browns are no longer the only NFL franchise without a head coach.

Kneejerk reaction? This is a good hire simply on the basis Browns’ general manager Mike Lombardi finally convinced somebody to say the word “yes.”

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