Just a little over a month ago there were seven coaching vacancies opened (Texans, Titans, Buccaneers, Redskins, Lions, Vikings, Browns). Now all those positions have been filled.
By Ryan Fox -- @Spider_Fox87
Up to that point, there were many speculations on who was going to be the next Cleveland Browns head coach. Some speculated that Denver Broncos defensive coordinator would take the job. Others thought New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, an Ohio native, or Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles would take the position. Instead all three coordinators turned the job down. For a while it seemed like nobody want the Cleveland Browns’ head coach.
Under Pettine, the Bills were able to finish 10th in overall defense (333.4 ypg) including 28th against the run (128.9 ypg), 4th against the pass (204.4 ypg), and 20th in points allowed (24.2 ppg). However the Bills defense finished the season with 57.0 sacks and 23 interceptions (both are 2nd overall in NFL in their respective categories). The 57.0 sacks the Bills had were new franchise single season record and also included 3 defenders with 10+ sacks. (DE Mario Williams 13.5, DT Kyle Williams 10.5, DE Jerry Hughes 10.0)
Going into Cleveland, Pettine will have the hard task of turning a team around that finished 4-12. He’ll be under further pressure since the last head coach, Mike Chudzinski, only lasted just one season before getting the ax. The good news for Pettine is that the Browns have two first round picks going into the 2014 (4th overall and overall from the Indianapolis Colts from the Trent Richardson trade). Pettine was able to turn around two horrible defenses and make them both very respectable. Turning a whole team around will be something else.
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