CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Browns have hired the man they believe can lead the team back to respectability in the National Football League.
That man is Mike Pettine, the now-former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator.
Pettine becomes the Browns eighth head coach since the team returned to the NFL back in 1999.
In just one year, Pettine took the Buffalo Bills defense from 22nd in the league to #10, based on total yards allowed a game . Ironically, the only bigger jump in that category from 2012 to 2013 was by the Browns who jumped from #23 to #9.
Meanwhile, the Jets defense he led for four year fell from the NFL's #8 defense in 2012 to #11 in 2013.
Pettine's aggressive pass rush philosophy set the Bills franchise record with 57 sacks, which was good for second best in the NFL in 2013. The Browns finished 16th in 2013.
Though Buffalo finished 2nd in the league with interceptions, they were the 5th worst against the run.
But who is Mike Pettine? He's 47 years old and son of legendary Pennsylvania high school coach Mike Pettine Sr., who won four state championships for Central Bucks West High School.
Pettine is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Pettine has been an assistant coach in the NFL since 2002. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. After serving as a high school head coach for two school from 1995 thru 2001, Pettine got his first coaching job in the NFL as a coaching assistant for the Baltimore Ravens in 2002.
Pettine would also serve as an assistant defensive line coach and outside linebackers coach during his seven years with the Ravens under then defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. In 2009, Pettine would get his first opportunity as a defensive coordinator with the New York Jets under Ryan. Pettine would spend the next four seasons as Ryan's defensive coordinator before taking the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator job under head coach Doug Marrone last season.