The Cleveland Browns did not wait until the NFL’s “Black Monday,” and instead announced that they had fired head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer just hours after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers to complete a 3-13 season.
The move was not a surprise as there had been a report that Farmer was informed prior to the game that he was being let go and that a decision had already been made on Pettine with a meeting scheduled for after the game.
Pettine was the Browns’ fifth head coach in the last eight seasons and the seventh in 20 seasons since Bill Belichick was fired in 1995.
Here is the full statement from Browns owner Jimmy Haslam:
“We greatly appreciate Ray and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns. We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team is positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and I take full responsibility. We will approach the search for our next football coach and executives to lead our football operations with a clear vision regarding what we need to do to build a successful organisation. We will be methodical in looking for strong, smart leaders with high character who are relentlessly driven to improve our football team, willing to look at every resource possible to improve, and who embrace collaboration to ultimately make the best decisions for the Cleveland Browns. We are fully committed to bringing our fans the winning organisation they so clearly deserve.”
Pettine went 10-22 in his two seasons with the team.
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