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Report: Bills' Mike Pettine could have answer from Browns by end of day

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 22, 2014

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine might have expected to receive an offer from the Cleveland Browns after completing his second interview for their vacant coaching position Tuesday night.

But Pettine told College2Pro.com on Wednesday that “he should know by day’s end” if he’s going to succeed Rob Chudzinski.

Reporting from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., a tweet from College2Pro.com said Pettine wanted to hold off on speaking publicly about the Browns’ job.

On Wednesday evening, WKYC's Jim Donovan said he believed Pettine would press the Browns on his chances so he could begin assembling a staff or instead turn his focus back to issues facing the Bills.

"He would like to know where he stands by tonight," Donovan said.

Donovan, the radio voice of the Browns, reported late Tuesday that Pettine’s second interview lasted four hours, but ended without an offer. Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News reported Tuesday night that Pettine was close to a deal with the Browns.

That report was refuted by a source, who told the Beacon Journal the Browns contingent left Mobile after talking to Pettine because it had another candidate scheduled to interview Wednesday. 

Jason La Canfora , the NFL insider for CBS, tweeted Wednesday that should Pettine get the Browns job, Green Bay Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt was high on his list for offensive coordinator.

Also on Wednesday, Vaughn McClure, who covers the Atlanta Falcons for ESPN.com, tweeted that the Browns had already interviewed Falcons offensive coordinator Dick Koetter. McClure called Koetter a "longshot candidate."

Koetter's name emerged Tuesday in a report by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.

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