BEREA, Ohio— Browns coach Mike Pettine says he has had “blunt” conversations with owner Jimmy Haslam and remains committed to fixing his team.
Pettine’s future in Cleveland is uncertain as his second year has dissolved into another losing season. The Browns have lost six straight games and are coming off a heartbreaking 33-27 loss to Baltimore on Monday night.
Pettine has a 9-18 record, but it includes a 2-14 mark over the past 16 games.
He understands the “bottom line business” of the NFL and says “where we are isn’t good enough.” Pettine said he has not spoken with Haslam about what he needs to do to keep his job, but “that could potentially come up between the two of us.”
“Anybody that knows me and anybody that knows Jimmy Haslam, our conversations are always blunt. Time is so valuable during the season that we get into a conversation and we deal with topics head on. There’s no dancing around them,” Pettine said.
“I feel very upset about the record. I’ve talked about this before that that’s on us. We own it. This is a bottom line business and where we are isn’t good enough. The question is: do we have a plan to fix it? Is it fixable? I feel like we do, but we’ll have to wait and see. I can’t get wrapped up into all of that.”
Haslam vowed before the season to not “blow it up.” However, with his team likely headed for double-digit losses his plan may have changed.