Browns Fire Head Coach And General Manager
The Cleveland Browns have fired coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer following a 3-13 season.
Pettine went 10-22 in two years, dropping 18 of his final 21 games after a promising 7-4 start in 2014. The Browns announced Pettine's firing - and the dismissal of Farmer - shortly after a 28-12 home loss to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, who wiggled into the AFC playoffs.
Pettine's job security had been in doubt for months, and not even owner Jimmy Haslam's vow at the start of training camp not to "blow things up" could stop another regime change in Cleveland.
Pettine was the team's seventh full-time coach since 1999.
A former defensive coordinator, Pettine's ouster can be partly linked to the performance of his defense, which ranked at or near the bottom in the league in nearly every statistical category.
Haslam says the team will select a new head coach first, and the new coach will help find a new general manager.