The Browns will interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on Thursday for their head-coaching vacancy, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported tonight. The Bills later confirmed they've granted permission for the interview to take place.
The Browns are not commenting on interviews as they search to replace coach Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Dec. 29 after going 4-12 during his first season on the job.
Pettine, 47, spent the 2013 season with the Bills after serving as the New York Jets’ defensive coordinator the previous four years. Pettine was an assistant for the Baltimore Ravens from 2002-08, working as an outside linebackers coach his last four seasons with the team.
Under Pettine’s guidance, the Bills used a 4-3 scheme and finished the 2013 regular season with the NFL’s 10th-ranked defense (333.4 yards allowed per game). With Pettine in charge of the Jets’ defense, it ranked first in 2009, third in 2010, fifth in 2011 and eighth in 2012.