Say what you will about the 2013 Buffalo Bills, but the fact of the matter is that five Bills defensive players will be taking part in this year’s Pro Bowl and that’s no small feat. And without the guidance of defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, then Buffalo would have been lucky to win a single game this year as the defense is what kept the Bills in nearly all of their victories.
Unfortunately for Buffalo, Pettine has reportedly moved on as he and the Cleveland Browns are incredibly close on a deal that would make the Bills’ former defensive coordinator the Browns newest head coach. Now, some of you may be asking why in the word Pettine would leave five All-Pros and a budding Bills’ team for a sputtering Browns one, but the former New York Jets‘ defensive coordinator can see some light at the end of the tunnel in Cleveland.
My only worry is that Browns management won’t allow Pettine to see said light.
Let’s be honest: head coaches only go to Cleveland for two reasons: to start their career or to end it. Even with a plethora of defensive studs such as Joe Haden, Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo on the roster, folks familiar with the “Dawg Pound” know that the deck is stacked against the Browns just about ever year.
Now, the one thing I see out of Pettine that could bode well for him is his rough demeanor. After pushover like Rob Chudzinski at the helm, Pettine is going to look like a drill Sargent, which could work well with such a young Browns team. Either way, Cleveland needs to make sure and keep Pettine around longer than 16 games before giving him the ax.