Jul 28, 2013; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine points as he talks to the Bills defense during training camp at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Browns coaching search: Buffalo Bills DC Mike Pettine to interview


According to reports, including Mike Rodak who covers the Buffalo Bills for ESPN, the Cleveland Browns will interview Mike Pettine, their defensive coordinator.  Pettine is 47 and fits the age of coaches the Browns have talked to much of this process.

For the Bills, Pettine was able to put together a good defense in a few key spots.  The defensive line made up of players like Marcel Dareus, Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Alan Branch led the league in sacks.  They also had the Defensive Rookie of the Year in middle linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Pettine runs a hybrid defense that uses 3-4 and 4-3 concepts, which is similar to what Ray Horton did for the Browns last year.  He used a number of different looks which could work with what the Browns want to do with the members of their defensive unit.

Although the Browns have largely been expected to hire an offensive coach, they have interviewed a few other defensive coordinators including Todd Bowles, who withdrew his name from consideration and Dan Quinn of the Seattle Seahawks.

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  • Nc browns fan

    Never heard of this guy. Do the bills have a defense? Great minds up there in Northeast ohio.

    • Pete Smith

      If the litmus test if whether or not you’ve heard of them, this search is not gonna get real far. You’d never heard of John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin, or Andy Reid before they were hired, but I expect you know who they are now.

      • Nc browns fan

        Pete I see what your saying about this coaching search. The more research I do on him the more I like him. He has more exp than gase. Looks like a no nonsense coach.

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