If Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's second interview with the Browns goes well Tuesday evening in Mobile, Ala., the team could move quickly to name him their next head coach, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Pettine had his first interview with the Browns last week. He just concluded his first season in Buffalo after serving as Rex Ryan's defensive coordinator with the Jets from 2009-2012. Prior to that, Pettine was a Ravens assistant from 2008-2009.
The Browns fired Rob Chudzinski earlier this month, days after the team finished 4-12 and less than a year after he was hired. And last week, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam asked fans to be patient while the team searched for Chudzinski's replacement.
Earlier Tuesday, former Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who still has friends on the team, said that several former teammates were embarrassed Chudzinski's firing after just one season with the team.
"I talked to some of the players right after they fired Chud and they sounded deflated, confused and frankly embarrassed by what happened," Fujita said, via Cleveland.com. "I've been out of football for a year now and I'm a fan of the Cleveland Browns. It's hard to watch what is going on there. I really feel bad for the fans and players like D'Qwell (Jackson) and Joe Thomas who have been there for so long. ...
"Right now, it seems like they are a rudderless ship," Fujita continued. "(CEO) Joe Banner does not have the best reputation with some players and coaches. It makes you wonder if there will be a trickle-down effect."
Meanwhile, at least three candidates have reportedly withdrawn their names from consideration for the job: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. And another candidate, Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, took the Giants offensive coordinator job.