NFL: Cleveland Browns appoint Mike Pettine as successor to Rob Chudzinski
Last Updated: 24/01/14 11:11am
Mike Pettine: New head coach of the Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have named Mike Pettine as their new coach.
Pettine has spent the past five years as a defensive coordinator, working with Buffalo last season after four seasons on the staff of the New York Jets.
The 47-year-old replaces Rob Chudzinski, who was axed after the Browns stumbled to a 4-12 record this term.
"Mike is the epitome of what we want the Browns to be: tough, aggressive and innovative with a blue-collar, team-first mentality," said Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
"Most importantly, Mike has repeatedly shown the ability to lead his players to consistent improvement and success, clearly what we are striving for."
Pettine, who also spent seven years as an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens, guided defensive units to top-10 rankings in total defense in all five of his seasons as a defensive coordinator.
His aggressive system in Buffalo last season saw the Bills set a club record with 57 sacks, second most in the NFL.
"Our players and fans are going to really enjoy Mike Pettine and his leadership style," Browns chief executive Joe Banner said. "We're excited to have him out in front of our team."