Mike Pettine, Browns Haven’t Discussed Coach’s Job Security

It was exactly 13 months ago when the Browns topped the Bengals to gain sole possession of the AFC North. Since then, the team has gone 3-16, including losses in 15 of their past 17 games. Predictably, some pundits have questioned Mike Pettine‘s job security.

The head coach added some fuel to the fire following Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, telling Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com that he hasn’t received any assurances from owner Jimmy Haslam regarding his job status for the rest of the season.

“We haven’t had those discussions,” Pettine said. “Jimmy and I had good conversations. We talk every week. Frankly, there’s a lot of football left to be played. We’re evaluated every day, whether we’re evaluating ourselves or whether it is coming from him.

“We’re just going to fall back on what we know how to do. We’re going to come in every day, prepare relentlessly like we do, we’re going to coach our players hard and we will see what happens.”

As Cabot points out, Haslam previously said that he wouldn’t “blow things up” following this season. However, those statements followed a promising 7-9 campaign, and things haven’t gone so well for the organization since. Embattled quarterback Johnny Manziel has had a tumultuous sophomore campaign, and the Browns have gotten little production from their recent first-round picks.

The writer believes Haslam will let Pettine stick around for the rest of the season, although there’s no guarantee beyond that. The owner has already fired a pair of coaches in Pat Shurmur and Rob Chudzinski.

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3 comments on “Mike Pettine, Browns Haven’t Discussed Coach’s Job Security

  1. TJECK109

    I could see the Browns trying to trade for Sean Payton. I believe they had approached the 49ers about Harbaugh. Send Manziel down to NO in return. Of course I kid about that offer but we are talking about Cleveland

    • CTBrowns

      NO said they would be willing to trade Payton, but not to a team that Payton did not want to join. Browns have no QB and may gave the 1st pick in a lousy QB draft.

  2. Connor Byrne

    I don’t see any logical reason for the Browns to retain either Farmer or Pettine beyond this season. The franchise once again needs to start over, as it didn’t get either hire right. It’s obviously not ideal to move on after only two years of a GM/HC regime, but continuity is useless when the wrong people are in charge.


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