Reports: Browns’ owner Haslam will fire Mike Pettine
BEREA, OH – As the Browns wrap up a disappointing season, reports are emerging that owner Jimmy Haslam has made the decision to fire coach Mike Pettine and most likely general manager Ray Farmer.
Several media outlets, including NFL.com, are reporting that the decision has already been made and that Pettine will go immediately after the regular season ends. Pettine has been the Browns’ coach for two seasons. Those reports also say that general manager Ray Farmer will be parting ways with the Browns as well.
Coach Mike Pettine understands his losing record may not warrant a third season with the Browns, but is convinced he has them headed the right way. Pettine has not asked Browns owner Jimmy Haslam for any assurances about his future because he’s “not wired” that way. Pettine said he doesn’t find himself getting melancholy during what he could be his final days with the Browns.
Fox 8 has reached out to the Browns for comments on these reports but has not heard back from them yet.
The 3-12 Browns face their traditional rival 9-6 Pittsburgh Steelers in the regular-season finale on Sunday. The Steelers will need a win and some help to make the playoffs. Pittsburgh needs to beat the Browns and have the Buffalo Bills knock off the New York Jets in order to earn a wild card spot.
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