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Cleveland Browns name Mike Pettine new head coach

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The Cleveland Browns have named Mike Pettine as their new head coach, taking over from Rob Chudzinski who was fired almost immediately at the end of the season.

Pettine was most recently working as defensive co-ordinator for the Buffalo Bills, and was a late entry to the vacancy party. But after three interviews with head office, the Browns decided they finally found their man after a long search.

Pettine is known for creating excellent defenses. His setups with the Jets and the Bills were notoriously difficult to break down and very creative with their blitzes and formations. The Bills actually finished with the fourth best defense this year, according to FootballOutsiders.   

New England's offensive co-ordinator Josh McDaniels and the Broncos OC Adam Gase, both pulled out of the running for the job despite reportedly interviewing well.

Seattle DC Dan Quinn was another name on the list, but it seems that the Browns just couldn't wait any longer to make their move and named Pettine as their guy.  

Pettine becomes the eight head coach in Cleveland since 1999, and will want to be in the job longer than the sole year his predecessor Chudzinski got. 

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