Niagara Gazette — Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will interview today for the vacant head coaching position with the Cleveland Browns, according to an NFL.com report Wednesday evening.
NFL Media Insider reporter Ian Rapoport, citing an anonymous source close to the Browns, reported that Pettine is now among the candidates under consideration.
Pettine is not necessarily a favorite for the position. Rapoport, in his report, suggested that Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase remains the leading candidate to fill the Browns’ top coaching job, which has been vacant since the team fired Rob Chudzinski on December 30.
Pettine joined the Bills’ staff under first-year coach Doug Marrone in the spring of 2013, coming to Buffalo after serving under New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan. In his first year as the Bills’ defensive coordinator, the team’s defense was ranked 10th in the National Football League, while ranking second in the league in sacks with 57.
The Browns, meanwhile, have not set a hard deadline for hiring their new head coach.