Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone only worked with new Browns coach Mike Pettine for a year, hiring Pettine as his defensive coordinator in 2013. Pettine jumped at the chance to take over the Browns, hired on Jan. 23.
Marrone complimented Pettine Thursday when he spoke at NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"Mike is very knowledgeable, very smart, has a great work ethic and we wish him the best of luck," Marrone said.
Asked how he would describe Pettine's demeanor and whether he's as hard-nosed as he looks, Marrone said, "I just respect him. I don’t look to characterize people by labeling them. I just think he’s a very hard worker, he’s very demanding, knows exactly what he wants and does a good job communicating that with the players."