After a long and extensive search, the Cleveland Browns have landed their new head coach in Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam stated in his press conference their head coaching search would be extensive, and that it has been. The Browns had scheduled second interviews with Mike Pettine, while waiting for the conclusion of the Super Bowl to speak with Dan Quinn, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator.
Based on his background, Pettine is certainly a qualified candidate, and his résumé demonstrates success at every bullet point. What the Browns will get from Pettine is an aggressive and tough head coach.
His defenses have historically been a reflection of Pettine’s character and approach to the game, and that aggressive toughness will carry over to the offensive side of the ball.
Under Pettine, the Bills defense, 22nd overall in the league the season before, jumped to 10th overall, and finished second in the league in sacks and interceptions and helped produce four Pro Bowlers, all from the defensive side of the ball.
Pettine is also responsible for resurrecting Mario Williams career after a three-year drought in helping the former top overall pick finish with his second-best ever number of sacks with 13.
In 2008, prior to the arrival of Pettine, the New York Jets defense finished 17th total defense. In 2009, with Pettine at the helm, the Jets finished first overall. After the departure of Pettine, the Jets defense finished 11th in the league. The Jets defense saw some player personnel changes throughout Pettine’s tenure.
During his time with the Bills and Jets, Pettine’s defenses have been a reflection of both his character and approach to the game. I believe that aggressiveness and tough approach will carry over to the offensive side of the ball.
While this regime has certainly tested the patience of Browns fans world-wide, in the end, the wait may seem to be worth it.