Berea, OH (WGR 550) -- The coaching search for the Cleveland Browns is over, and the replacement strategy for the Buffalo Bills has just begun. The Browns officially named Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their next head coach, replacing Rob Chudzinski after just one season on the job.
Pettine is expected to be introduced to the Cleveland media at 4:45, a full 25 days after they fired Chudzinski. The Browns had the last remaining opening for a head coaching position in the NFL, and they filled it with the now former defensive coordinator in Buffalo.
Pettine leaves the Bills after just one season calling the defense, coming on board in Orchard Park with the hire of head coach Doug Marrone. He helped the defense to reach a franchise mark for sacks in one season as well as ranking 10th in yards allowed per game.
The focus now shifts for Buffalo to the replacement of Pettine as their defensive coordinator. At this point in time, there isn't any indication if that hire will come from inside the organization or from the outside.
The franchise has held firm that they had a plan in place to replace Pettine if he indeed left to be the Browns next head coach. Since it has happened, that strategy must be put in action.
However, the Bills may have to replenish more than just one job. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Browns will name Jim O'Neil as their defensive coordinator if the Bills do not block the move.
Since it is not a promotion to a head coaching position, the Bills have every right to hold O'Neil to his current contract. O'Neil served as the Bills' linebackers coach in 2013, and came to Buffalo with Pettine from the New York Jets.
More details to come out of Cleveland, Ohio as they become available. Keep checking back for more!
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We suck again
Waiting to see who will be the replacement.
Although I live in Buffalo, I've been a Browns fan for 60 years. The last thing the Browns need is to contract Bills-itis, the inability to field a decent team year after year after year after year... Looks like it has hit them anyway since theirtransfer to Baltimore and subsequent reemergence. But I don't want anything or anyone from the Bills (aka Bums) to touch my team!
Here is what the Bills defense will be in 2014 if they promote from within as Joe Buscaglia says they will (and hopefully he is completely wrong about them promoting from within). Mario Williams will have 6 sacks total next year. They will be dead last in the NFL in turnovers or next to last. Kiko Alonso will regress and become Paul Posluzny. If they don't have the foresight and courage to look outside the organization for a new defensive coordinator then they can't be expected to improve next season. It's almost 100% they will be worse.
I really don't understand how the Bills would let Pettine interview with another team only after just ONE year? unless when they hired him they agreed if he had a head coach job offered he could leave- worst thing is the Bills get the worst of the deal- Cleveland should have to compensate the Bills for this signing since it was so late and he was under contract-now the Bills must scramble for a replacement and a lot of good DC have been signed- BUT will the Bills let Pettine take all his staff ?they are under contract with the Bills not Pettine? does not seem fair to any team to lose personnel so late - there should be a deadline for signing of coaches under contract to other teams and compensation to either interview or sign with other teams? Good Luck Bills- starting all over again?
as a side note...
the wgr poll refers to "roasted toast". what is roasted toast? something can be either roasted or toasted, but i don't that it can be both.
We need to carry on the cuurent scheme, and name Oneil as DC
See, I told you so...
From a previous post he is good as gone. No one listens. GONE!!! POOF!!! This isn't a Joke.
Anyone else thinking about bring back Wade, probably the most proven dc available?
Just figures. The one hire Marrone got right we lose after just one year on the job. Hey Cleveland, hire coach moron and his idiot side kick "Can't Hack it" away too. On the positive side, I can get the new tablet with the money I won't be spending on tickets. Thanks for showing Bill's fans what happens when you get good coaching Mike. Best of luck in your new job.
Give Wade a call.
Be serious - you think Marrone can hire a big time change agent coordinator to fill these shoes. He stumbled across Pettine . His two other coordinator hires were ole boy buddies who were (and are) amongst the worst in football. The media can sugar coat and say he is replaceable but we should of given them Marrone before Pettine.
He was an average d-coordinator who got lucky on a couple of blitz's during the season. Most of our sacks where on third and long.Easily replaceable.
Hey look this is going to happen!
O'NEIL is going to be a brown; because that is step up for him. And let me be the first to congrat you on your new team. Ok now thats nosie is over back to the bills. are you talking to the pats or what? Because something got to give. Its either Donnie or pepper. It will be a big shock it if turns out tobe wade in a matter of fact it will be a first. Once again bills you are on the clock. Please don't mess this up.
The hiring of Pettine leaves many unanswered. Why wasn't Pettine considered as a head coach? Why was Pettine brought in without a firm commitment to stay with this team? What about his assistants? Are they leaving also? What no. Overall this is a huge disappointment.
He's a b1tch
block the move
This hiring is so late it will be hard to fill and since Pettine was only here one year they should block the move of O'Neil
The Buffalo Bills Shuffle
One step forward, two back, repeat for 14 years.
Why wasn't he hired last year as head coach with the Bills? Never quite understood why he left the Jets for the same position in Buffalo. Seems other teams see what Bills management didn't.
The Bills lose again!
Pettine was the best coach the Bills have had in decades. If the Bills were smart, they would have hired him as the head coach right after Gailey was fired. Now he's gone for good and the Bills will continue to be losers.
This was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. I am done with the NFL.....Time to move the joke Bills out of Buffalo - they are a disgrace
was the only good coach they brought in and now he's gone, lol. Marone and Hackett are bush league and we keep them. This team is clearly cursed. Might as well bring wade back, and he can bring back rob Johnson, then I will know I'm in sportshell.
make him scramble
let pettine rush to get assistants- keep o'neil n make him the new DC? why should pettine and Browns benefit from all this? keep his whole staff - they r under contract
Pettines career is RUINED !!!!! He inherits a GARBAGE team and even with his defensive mind will NOT be able to turn things around. He will be looking for a new job in 2-3 years
It was set up that way
First of all they could of block the move they didn't. A big part of your team is going to be taking away from you; And you turn the other cheeck. Than you turn right around and give mike permmission to take another coach. Who the hell is mike the mob. But we know he's gone too. Good going you took hope once again from the fans. And here comes the falloff. You know we just to get our defense on the level as our offense. We can't wait to see who you bring in. And soon as this person step in buffalo. Most of the fans here are going to say well say goodbye to denfense after year. Sad but truley amazing how they could mess that up.
THE BROWNS MUST REALLY (S--K) LMAO!
To steal Coaches from the Buffalo Bills OMG?
The Bills should have promoted Pettine to head coach and showed Visor Guy the door....
The supposedly good offense that Marrone was "known" for was AWFUL last season.
Defense wins championships.
Once again, the Bills are stuck in Park.
The Bills are toast now!
The Comical Part Is
... Pettine thanked Marrone for ALL the things that a rookie NFL coach thought him. Right!!!! It's gonna be a shock when the Browns draft a REAL franchise QB and finish ahead of the Bills next year and then make the playoffs in 2 years while the Bills will be on their search for a new head coach.
almost everybody making a comment on this topic are not bills fans they seem like vultures flying above the carcass. buffalo has more chicken little fans then any fan base in the entire nfl. it will be all right if the lb coach leaves so be it. obd does have a plan in place some of you so called fans should be concerned about the qb play for 2014 not the defense. buffalo has six count them six first round draft choices hell i could coach that. why do you think pettine jumped all over the offer to coach the d last season looked what it did for him dc to head guy . all that being said GO BILLS .
contract bills-itis? Honestly the browns are in stage four browncer... I find your comment hilarious
The Bills never do anything right!
I agree with everyone who said that Pettine should have been the Bills head coach. He's the best coach they've had in a very long time. I think the team will just go further down the drain now, or just not get any better. Another really bad move from the past was giving Marshawn Lynch to Seattle for practically nothing (a lousy 4th round pick)...now he's one of the top backs in the NFL and going to the Super Bowl.
No you miss the point. the point is why should we let mike have his way. Do you think for one moment that if the bills wanted to talk to someone in their coaching staff; think they would give us permission to talk to them. No they would block it. and we got to play these fools this year. But i do agree that if he wants to leave. than lets us get our team together first. Instead of dancing to the browns tune.