Bills’ foresight results in quick DC hire [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Doug Marrone has contingency plans for events that extend far beyond coaching. In fact, he’s even prepared for not coaching if – knock on wood – he gets into a car accident on the way to a game or something catastrophic happens on the sideline. Rest assured Marrone was ready for Pettine’s departure several weeks ago, enabling the Bills to immediately reach for Schwartz to fill the position. Schwartz will be introduced early this week.'
Browns Get Their Guy At Bills’ Expense [1:58 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Clearly, the Browns’ management had no plan beyond dumping Chudzinski.'
Why Buffalo Bills new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is a good hire [1:57 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'While Pettine made some improvements, the defense still has a few weaknesses. The Bills were 28th in rushing yards allowed and 20th in scoring defense. The team could use a boost at linebacker to help defend against the run. And while the Bills have some good young safeties, they could use an upgrade at cornerback. Schwartz will be able to help in some of those areas and build off the Bills' progress in 2013. During his stint with Tennessee, the Titans defense was a top 10 unit three times.'
Bills hire ex-Lions coach Schwartz as defensive coordinator [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While he was in Tennessee, Schwartz’s defenses finished in the top 10 against the run in five of eight seasons, including No. 1 in 2003. The Titans finished in the top 10 in overall defense three times under Schwartz.'
Buffalo Bills hire ex-Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator [1:58 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Schwartz, who did not respond to a late-night text message, took a more hands-on role with the Lions defense this year and the team responded with its best defensive effort of his tenure.'
Buffalo Bills announce hiring of former Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator [1:57 AM]
Ann Arbor News reports: 'Detroit is scheduled to host Buffalo twice next season, once in the preseason and again in the regular season. It's worth noting Detroit will welcome an undetermined AFC opponent to Ford Field on Thanksgiving.'
Bills hire ex-Lions coach Schwartz to run defense [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills also reached a deal to hire one of Schwartz's former assistants, Todd Downing, to become quarterbacks coach.'
Jim Schwartz hired to lead Bills defense [1:55 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Prior to taking the job with the Lions, Schwartz served as the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans from 2001-08.'
Former Lions coach Schwartz named Bills' DC [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: "Todd Downing is a bright and energetic coach. He is familiar with our personnel at the quarterback position and he will play a key role in the development of all of the quarterbacks on the Bills' roster," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "He played a pivotal role in the development of Detroit's quarterbacks during his tenure -- most notably Matthew Stafford, the franchise's all-time leading passer. Downing will be a valuable addition to our offensive coaching staff."'
Jim Schwartz named Bills Defensive Coordinator [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We are excited to add a talented and accomplished coordinator in Jim Schwartz to our staff,” said Bills head coach Doug Marrone. “Schwartz has led aggressive and productive defensive units throughout his time in the NFL and we feel our defense will continue to improve under his leadership.”'
Bills hire Todd Downing as QBs coach [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Downing, 33, will enter his 12th year in the NFL coaching ranks and fourth as a quarterbacks coach. He served in the same capacity with the Detroit Lions from 2011-13 helping Lions QB Matthew Stafford become the Lions’ franchise leading passer (17,457 career passing yards) in 2013.'
Run 'D', 3rd down two strengths of Schwartz defenses [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We had talent in Tennessee with our defense when Schwartz first became our coordinator, but it had to be re-cultivated,” Bulluck told DetroitLions.com. “It was the same thing with Detroit. They drafted talent but it had to be cultivated.”'
Raiding Bills’ staff, Browns name Pettine head coach [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Looking back on my year with the Bills, it’s a bittersweet thing for me to leave there,” Pettine said. “I had such a tremendous year there with that organization.”'
Mike Pettine hired as head coach of Cleveland Browns [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Safety Aaron Williams, whose career was resurrected by Pettine when the 47-year-old coach switched him from cornerback to safety, said via Twitter, "This is a crazy business. It'll be my fourth year in the NFL and I've had a new DC every year."'
Friday's Cleveland Coverage [1:57 AM]
Cleveland Browns get their man in Mike Pettine, who promises a team 'built on toughness' (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Browns coach Mike Pettine on QB Brian Hoyer: "He's a winner, intangibles are off the charts'' (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Mike Pettine Sr.'s reaction par for the course after his son was named Cleveland Browns coach (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Now that a coach has been hired, Cleveland Browns front office is on the spot (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Cleveland Browns run the same old route to another new head coach (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Why Mike Pettine will have to work to win over Cleveland Browns fans - and more importantly, players (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Browns hire Mike Pettine as their new head coach (Akron Beacon Journal)
Mike Pettine says he’s betting on himself as new coach of Browns (Akron Beacon Journal)
‘Radioactive’ Browns appear to be set up for Mike Pettine to fail (Akron Beacon Journal)
When a coach is introduced, it always sounds wonderful (Akron Beacon Journal)
Coach Mike Pettine scrambles to assemble staff (Akron Beacon Journal)
New Browns coach Mike Pettine’s playing and coaching history (Akron Beacon Journal)
Browns hire Mike Pettine as head coach (Willoughby News Herald)
New coach Mike Pettine says Browns in position to win (Willoughby News Herald)
Browns news conference was a lot of white noise (Willoughby News Herald)
Pettine says Hoyer has potential to win (Willoughby News Herald)
Mike Pettine introduced as coach of Browns (Elyria Chronicle Telegram)
New Browns coach Mike Pettine brings toughness and demands it (Elyria Chronicle Telegram)
Browns find their “Curly,” defend length of search, disagree with perception of organization (Elyria Chronicle Telegram)
Winning is the only thing that can save Browns (Elyria Chronicle Telegram)
Mike Pettine Jr. named Browns head coach (Canton Repository)
A return to "Martyball?" (Canton Repository)
Pettine's gamble paying off (Canton Repository)
We can assume Browns settled in hiring Pettine (Erie Times News)
Browns name Mike Pettine head coach (Fox Sports Ohio)
Browns have a new general in town (Fox Sports Ohio)
With search over, will Browns give Pettine a real chance to succeed? (Fox Sports Ohio)
Q&A with Haslam and Banner (Fox Sports Ohio)
Browns tab Mike Pettine as coach (ESPN)
Pettine's daughter 'learned lesson' (ESPN)
Battle-scarred Browns begin the healing process with the hiring of Mike Pettine as head coach (ESPN Cleveland)
Browns end search with appointment of Mike Pettine as seventh head coach since 1999 (ESPN Cleveland)
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (ESPN Cleveland)
Browns name Mike Pettine head coach (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Mike Pettine 'Going to set high standards' (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Pettine’s way: accountability = toughness (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Football is in Mike Pettine's DNA (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Analyzing Browns' choice of Pettine (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Get To Know Coach Pettine (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Mike Pettine press conf. transcript - 1/23 (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Photo gallery (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Cleveland Browns name Mike Pettine their new coach [1:56 AM]
USA Today reports: '"Mike is the epitome of what we want the Browns to be — tough, aggressive and innovative — with a blue-collar, team-first mentality," owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.'
A-B safety ad has NFL star convicted of DUI [1:55 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Bruce Smith, the all-time National Football League sack leader who played a combined 19 seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins before retiring in 2003, concedes in the ad: "I disappointed myself and those close to me."'
Browns hire Mike Pettine after twisting search [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'With his clean-shaven head and no-nonsense approach, Pettine is popular with players.'
Pettine plans to bring toughness to Browns [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"When you look at the other attractive parts of the job, it was a young roster, plenty of cap space, a deep draft, plenty of picks," Pettine said. "I'll always take the cockiness of a coach, but I'll bet on myself."'
Browns name Pettine head coach [1:52 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"It was my lifelong dream to be an NFL coach. To compete in the AFC North, you have to bloody your nose a little bit. I believe you fit your system to your players," Pettine said. "There's talent here, and that's evidenced by the number of guys over in Hawaii as we speak."'
Browns name Pettine head coach [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'During his season in Buffalo, Pettine implemented a defense that set a franchise record with 57 sacks, second-most in the NFL in 2013 after finishing tied for 18th in the league with 36 in 2012.'
From DC to HC; Browns poach Mike Pettine from Bills [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The franchise has held firm that they had a plan in place to replace Pettine if he indeed left to be the Browns next head coach. Since it has happened, that strategy must be put in action.'
Pettine was close to pulling out from Browns search [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"That was starting to wear on me these last couple of days," Buffalo's former defensive coordinator said. "I talked to Doug [Marrone] and it was getting to the point where I'd say, 'Hey, if this goes on much longer I need to pull out because it's just not fair to the Bills.'"'
Bills DC Mike Pettine hired as Browns head coach [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo’s defensive players were disappointed to see Pettine leave the staff, but understand the opportunity he has in front of him. “I really hate to see him leave,” Marcell Dareus told Buffalobills.com. “At the same time it’s a business and football is football and we’ve got to just go out there and play.”'
Browns still deliberating as Pettine stands by [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Your call is very important to us; please continue to hold.”'
Mike Pettine remains a finalist for Browns coaching job, and could be hired as early as Thursday [1:58 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Wednesday afternoon, Pettine told cleveland.com he was hoping to get "some feedback'' from the Browns by Wednesday night on his second interview, a four-hour session at the Senior Bowl Tuesday night. The Bills were also getting anxious to know if they have to replace their defensive coordinator.'
Report: Browns to interview Pettine again on Thursday [1:57 AM]
Willoughby News Herald reports: '“I’ll say this on the Cleveland Browns. Expect the unexpected,” Schefter said Wednesday on ESPN radio. “... They’re hopping around. They’re interviewing other candidates. They’re bouncing around the country. If you think it’s going to be Mike Pettine, if you think it’s going to be Dirk Koetter, get ready for that curveball.”'
Bills’ Mike Pettine labeled favorite of Browns’ two coaching finalists; interviews today [1:56 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'But with important interviews reportedly coming today, the question remains whether Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn remains in the running.'
Browns down to 2 finalists; Bills DC Mike Pettine considered favorite [1:55 AM]
Elyria Chronicle Telegram reports: 'The meandering search has received the most criticism.'
Q&A: Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly [1:54 AM]
Louisville Courier Journal reports: 'ou were diagnosed with cancer of the jaw last year. How’s your health? So far so good. The cancer has not come back. In the last two years I’ve had major back surgery, neck surgery, double hernia surgery and four jaw surgeries. I feel like the Six Million Dollar Man and change.'
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