The Cleveland Browns have named Mike Pettine the team's new head coach. His tenure as the Bills' defensive coordinator is over after just one very successful season.
One of 10 candidates, Pettine met with the Browns for a third time Thursday and then locked up the job.
As for his short tenure in Buffalo, he joined Doug Marrone's staff this time last year after serving as Rex Ryan's defensive coordinator with the Jets.
Pettine turned the Bills into a Top 10 NFL defense. Four of his guys made the Pro Bowl this season.
Pettine becomes the Browns' seventh head coach since the team returned to the league in 1999. He takes over for Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after just one season after the Browns went 4-12. The Browns coaching search taking 25 days.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone issued this statement:
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Mike on becoming the Browns new head coach and thank him for all of his time and efforts with our team this past season. He did an excellent job of improving our defense and we wish him the best.
We have a plan in place and we will introduce our new Defensive Coordinator after our final decision has been made.”
While many fans says it's a loss for the team, they remain optimistic.
"I think they've got the personnel to still keep the defense going," said Michael Murray of Elma.
Daniel Cordero from South Buffalo was quoted, "With the new QB and young players, I think we can make it to the playoffs in three years."
"I like where the team's headed," said Phil Prynn from West Seneca.