ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Cleveland Browns have officially named Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine as their new head coach.
The Browns interviewed several candidates for the job, with Pettine was a top candidate throughout the process.
Pettine joined the Bills last January and put together a defense that ranked 10th in the NFL.
A franchise record was also set under Pettine's management. The Bills had 57 sacks this season, which was also second best in the league.
The Browns fired defensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski after one season. The team went 4-12 this season.
Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone released the following statement:
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Mike on becoming the Browns new head coach and thank him for all of his time and efforts with our team this past season. He did an excellent job of improving our defense and we wish him the best.
We have a plan in place and we will introduce our new Defensive Coordinator after our final decision has been made.”