On the same day that owner Jimmy Haslam issued a letter to Browns fans another name has surfaced in their endless search for yet another head coach.
Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that Pettine with meet with the Browns Thursday.
In his first season with the Bills Pettine, who runs a 4-3 scheme, finished the 2013 regular season with the NFL’s 10th-ranked defense (333.4 yards allowed per game). He served as the New York Jets’ defensive coordinator the previous 4 years. The Jets ranked first in 2009, third in 2010, fifth in 2011 and eighth in 2012.
The Browns, who are the last of 7 teams in need of a head coach, have interviewed at least 6 candidates for the job to date but only 2 remain available – Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is coaching the Seahawks in the NFC title game against the 49ers, and former Titans coach Mike Munchak.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles withdrew from consideration, Ken Whisenhunt accepted the Titans head coaching job and Ben McAdoo was named the New York Giants offensive coordinator.
The Browns are waiting to interview Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who declined interviews until the Broncos season ended and Haslam’s letter makes it clear that they will wait as long as needed to talk to him or any other candidate who might be considered. Denver hosts New England Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.