The road to Browns hiring Mike Pettine

January, 23, 2014
Jan 23
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The list of candidates the Cleveland Browns went through before hiring Mike Pettine as coach:

Dan Quinn, Seahawks defensive coordinator. The first to interview was in it until the end, but the Browns chose not to wait for the Super Bowl.

Adam Gase, Broncos offensive coordinator. The Browns sought permission to interview him immediately, and he declined the chance to focus on Denver's playoff run.

Todd Bowles, Arizona defensive coordinator. He interviewed, but withdrew; he simply did not want the job.

Josh McDaniels, New England offensive coordinator. Unlike a year ago, he interviewed, but soon after withdrew from consideration.

Bill O’Brien, former Penn State coach. The Browns would have loved to interview him, but didn’t get a chance; he took the job with the Houston Texans.

Gus Malzahn, Auburn coach. On the Jimmy Haslam wish list, but did not interview

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma coach. He was on the wish list too, but did not interview.

Ben McAdoo, former Packers quarterback coach. He interviewed, but took the job as New York Giants offensive coordinator.

Ken Whisenhunt, Chargers offensive coordinator. He interviewed, but took the job in Tennessee over Detroit and Cleveland.

James Franklin, former Vanderbilt coach. He did not interview and took the job in Penn State.

Mike Munchak, former Tennessee coach. He interviewed, but took the job as the Steelers offensive line coach.

Rich Bisaccia, Cowboys special-teams coach. He interviewed, but wasn’t hired.

Dirk Koetter, Falcons offensive coordinator. He interviewed, but wasn’t hired.

Greg Schiano, former Tampa Bay coach. He was a surprise interview at the urging of Bill Belichick, but he wasn’t hired.

Mike Pettine, Buffalo defensive coordinator. He interviewed twice, then flew to Cleveland on Thursday and was hired.

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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