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Report: Browns expected to offer head coaching job to Mike Pettine

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Mike Pettine seemingly is drawing closer to the Cleveland job. (USATSI)
Mike Pettine seemingly is drawing closer to the Cleveland job. (USATSI)

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Twenty five days after the Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski, the team reportedly is ready to offer its job to Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
That's according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, who write that the two sides still need to work out a deal. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora writes that the Browns are in discussions with Pettine but that no deal has been struck and the team is still weighing candidates. There will be another discussion with Pettine today, La Canfora reports.
Following the withdrawal of coaching candidates like Patriots offensive Josh McDaniels, Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Pettine had interviewed twice for the Browns job. Though Cleveland also interviewed Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and, for some reason, fired Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, it appeared in recent days that Pettine had emerged as the favorite.

The team reportedly wanted to wait until after the Super Bowl to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, but it appears those plans have shifted. But that doesn't mean the Browns didn't take one last shot at an old favorite.

On Wednesday while at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Pettine said, "I should have some feedback on my interview by the end of the day."

The end of Wednesday came and went without an announcement, but there were reports early Thursday morning that a deal between Pettine and Cleveland could be finished by Thursday sometime.

Either way, it seems like we're nearing the end of what's been a long, long journey .

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