Mike Pettine was introduced as the Cleveland Browns new head coach on Thursday. But to according to Pettine himself, if the process had gone on any longer, he may not be the Browns head coach right now.
If you recall, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam wrote a letter to fans detailing the methodical process the Browns were undertaking to find a new head coach. That methodical process saw multiple candidates publicly remove themselves from consideration. And Pettine told WGR 550 in Ohio that the methodical process almost made him remove himself from consideration as well.
Speaking with WGR Sports Radio 550 in a one-on-one following his introductory press conference as the Browns head coach, Pettine expressed remorse for how long it was taking and the fact that it was putting the Bills a bit behind the eight-ball.
“That was starting to wear on me these last couple of days,” Buffalo’s former defensive coordinator said. “I talked to Doug [Marrone] and it was getting to the point where I’d say, ‘Hey, if this goes on much longer I need to pull out because it’s just not fair to the Bills.'”
At the end of the day, the Browns finally have a head coach. He may not have been the Browns’ first choice, but it seems that they may have gotten someone who could end up working in the long run.