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Fire Mike Pettine! OK, then what?

mike-pettine-nfl-cleveland-browns-st.-louis-rams2-590x900The Cleveland Browns head to Cincinnati for a primetime game on Thursday night with the undefeated Bengals.

The Browns will enter the game losers of three consecutive games, five of their last six and 11 of their last 13.

If the Bengals roll over the Browns like many people are expecting, the Browns will have 10 days off to ponder the reality of a 2-7 record and seven games of playing out the string.

That 10-day break will give the media and fans plenty of opportunities to call for head coach Mike Pettine to be fired.

Let’s play along though, for a moment, and say owner Jimmy Haslam holds a press conference next Monday morning to announce that Pettine has been relieved of his duties and the Browns are “moving in a new direction.”

Then what happens?

To find out, head over to our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Mike Pettine talks, but is anyone listening?

mike pettine no panicCleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine held a press conference on Monday to go over the state of the team as he prepares for the start of training camp on Thursday in Berea.

Judging from some of the reactions we’ve read and heard to Pettine’s comments, we’re left wondering if anyone was actually listening to what the second-year head coach was actually saying.

Two points stood out to us in particular, the first being the media-manufactured rift that supposedly has formed between Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer.

The second point concerns the team’s quarterbacks.

To find out the rest of the story, visit our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Mike Pettine only the 28th best coach in the NFL?

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Heading into his second season in charge of the Cleveland Browns, head coach Mike Pettine may already be the best coach the team has employed since the glory days of Marty Schottenheimer.

Granted, that may not be saying much for a franchise that has made just one playoff appearance since 1994, has had only two winning seasons since 1999, and has lost 10 or more games six times in the past seven years.

It was Pettine, however, who broke that streak in his first year in charge by leading the Browns to a 7-9 record in 2014 and giving Browns fans hope that a better day is truly finally on the horizon.

Even in views things a little bit differently.

To see where the league’s website ranks Pettine among NFL coaches, and why they may have gotten it wrong, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Mike Pettine growing more comfortable in second year

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As the Cleveland Browns work their way through the off-season, it is becoming evident that head coach Mike Pettine is growing more comfortable in his role.

From the day he was hired, Pettine has come across as a confident, but not arrogant, head coach. He has a way of getting his point across without being condescending, and his lack of double-speak when explaining the team’s goals and process makes him the first Browns coach to really connect with the fanbase since the team returned in 1999.

Pettine was at it again on Friday at the 16th annual Cleveland Browns Foundation Golf Tournament at Barrington Golf Club when, during a session with the media, he talked about how he is taking a greater interest in the offense in his second year in charge.

To see what Pettine said, and what it means, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Mike Pettine says Josh McCown is QB1 … for now

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Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine took to the airwaves on Monday to reveal what most fans have known for quite some time now.

As of today, Josh McCown is QB1 on the team’s depth chart.

We break down what Pettine said and what it means over at Dawg Pound Daily.

Mike Pettine: We’ll be judged on the field

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The Cleveland Browns and head coach Mike Pettine are back to work this week in Berea during the first Organized Team Activities of the new NFL year.

Heading into his second season in charge of the Browns, Pettine knows the one undeniable truth about life in the NFL – you are only as good as your record.

To see what Pettine had to say when he met with the media on Tuesday, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Are we in the golden age of Cleveland coaching?

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David Blatt seems to think so.

While Cleveland has gone a collective 145 years and counting without a championship from any of its three professional sports teams,* that doesn’t mean we haven’t see our share of quality men calling the shots in the dugout or on the sidelines.

And we might currently be in the golden age of Cleveland managers and coaches.

The argument for the greatest NFL head coach of all-time begins and ends, of course, with Paul Brown. If you went solely by his time in Cleveland, Brown’s .750 lifetime winning percentage would be third best in NFL history, behind only Guy Chamberlin and John Madden. (And ahead of a guy named Vince Lombardi; maybe you’ve heard of him.) But even adding in his time with Cincinnati, Brown still checks in at No. 11 on the all-time list.

New England’s Bill Belichick is rightfully considered the best coach currently in the NFL, but even Belichick has not taken the Patriots to 10 consecutive league title games, let alone win seven of them. As good as Belichick and Tom Brady are, they are not now, and never will be, Paul Brown and Otto Graham.

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It only took Johnny Football one game to break Cleveland

johnny breaks cleveland 1One game.

One historically poor game is all it took for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to break a large part of Cleveland.

It started with Kevin Kiley, co-host of the embarrassing Kiley & Booms radio show, going on NFL AM and portraying head coach Mike Pettine as nothing more than a puppet of owner Jimmy Haslam and general manager Ray Farmer. Kiley claimed, with no supporting evidence and against everything that we’ve seen from the team this year, that Pettine only turned to Manziel because he was ordered to by the front office.

It continued with Greg Couch, who wrote at that it was actually Pettine’s decision to start Manziel, but he only did it to prove to Haslam and Farmer that Manziel is not an NFL quarterback. Still somewhat implausible, but at least Couch had the self-awareness and decency to state that he had no proof for his conspiracy theory. (h/t to Cleveland Frowns for pointing out that article.)

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We may have a problem here, Coach Pettine

mike pettine no panicIs there any way the Cleveland Browns can petition the league office to move back the start of the NFL season?

Or maybe ask to have their bye week switched to opening day?

We ask because in a little less than two weeks the Browns are going to take the field in Pittsburgh and, judging by what we have all seen through three weeks of the preseason, the Browns are not even close to being ready.

And we fear that things are going to get worse before they get any better.

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5 Questions in 5 Days: What do Browns have in Mike Pettine?

browns training camp mike pettineAs the Cleveland Browns work their way through training camp, sorting out roster questions – like who the quarterback will be and so on – one of the biggest questions has flown a bit under the radar.

Namely, just what does the team have in head coach Mike Pettine?

The Browns certainly took a less-than-direct approach when it came to hiring Pettine – the ninth head coach hired under three different ownership groups since the Browns parted ways with Marty Schottenheimer after the 1988 season.

But just because former front officer members Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi bumbled their way through the hiring process doesn’t mean that Pettine is not the right man for the job.

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