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Pettine Named New Cleveland Browns Head Coach

Mike Pettine Jr. was hired as the Baltimore Ravens defensive line assistant in 2002, after four years as head coach of the North Penn Knights.

In this July 31, 2013, file photo, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine walks to the field during NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y. in his new role as the Bills defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)
In this July 31, 2013, file photo, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine walks to the field during NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y. in his new role as the Bills defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)
Update: Former North Penn High School Knights football head coach Mike Pettine is the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Pettine, a disciple of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, was named coach after a third meeting with the Browns front office Thursday afternoon.
ESPN quoted Browns owner Jimmy Haslam as such:
"Mike is the epitome of what we want the Browns to be—tough, aggressive and innovative—with a blue-collar, team-first mentality. He knows what's necessary to beat teams in the AFC North. Most importantly, Mike has repeatedly shown the ability to lead his players to consistent improvement and success, clearly what we are striving for as he leads the Cleveland Browns moving forward."
Pettine said a press conference Thursday that his biggest influence in becoming coach was his dad, CB West legend Mike Pettine Sr. Pettine played for, coached under and coached against his father.
"I was 0 and 5 against him, but I think all my roots, all my foundation goes back to my dad," Pettine said. "I coached early on with a bit of a chip on my shoulder; in my mind, I was thinking people just saw me as high school coach. And that drove me."

Update:
Pettine is meeting with Browns front office Thursday afternoon to negotiate contract, per Cleveland Browns sports columnist Will Burge on Twitter.

Earlier Story
The Cleveland Browns front office has whittled down its search for a new head coach down to two—and one of them is former North Penn Knights head coach Mike Pettine Jr.
In fact, ESPN reports Pettine, 47, the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator, has emerged as the top choice for the gig. He met with Browns officials for four hours Tuesday in Alabama in a second interview, but was not offered the job.
There are still some other names being thrown around for the job, per ESPN: Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, who was fired last month; Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter; and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Pettine Jr. is the son of famed former Central Bucks West winning coach Mike Pettine Sr., who led the Bucks to five state titles and more than 300 wins in 33 years.
Pettine Jr. became the Bills' defensive coordinator in January 2013. He was hired after four years coaching at North Penn as the Baltimore Ravens defensive line assistant in 2002.
Linda January 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Nice Hope it all works our for Mike!!!
Will Simcox January 23, 2014 at 07:18 PM
Nice! #NorthPennNation

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