It took a while, but the NFL's last coaching vacancy has been filled.
The Browns, weeks after firing Rob Chudzinski, hired Buffalo Bills coordinator Mike Pettine on Thursday.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer had the story. She said the Browns interviewed 10 candidates over the 25 days that the job was open.
The Browns seemed to hone in on Pettine after Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase took his name out of the running earlier this week. There were reports that the Browns made another run at Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after New England was eliminated from the playoffs, but he said no thanks again.
Pettine isn't Cleveland's first choice, but that doesn't mean he can't be successful. The Bills were 10th in the NFL in total defense and fourth against the run. He takes over a defense that has some very good pieces, including cornerback Joe Haden.
Pettine spent four seasons with the Jets before spending last season with Buffalo, and his defenses finished in the top 10 all five years he has been a coordinator. A big issue for him will be picking the right man to lead the offense, which will likely add a quarterback with the fourth overall pick of May's draft.
Pettine has paid his dues. He started as a high school head coach, at William Tennent (Warminster, Pa.) High School and then North Penn (Towamencin Township, Pa.) High for five years. His high school days lasted from 1995-2001, before he got a shot as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens.
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