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Browns clean house once again

Mike Pettine started out so well getting the Browns to a 7-4 start in 2014, but then he lost 18 of his next 21 games.

Mike Pettine started out so well getting the Browns to a 7-4 start in 2014, but then he lost 18 of his next 21 games.

The Cleveland Browns are blowing things up…again.

It seems like every couple of years the Cleveland Browns are trying to find a way to get the right people in place to lead the team to glory but they constantly fail at doing so. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced the firings of both head coach Mike Pettine and General Manager Ray Farmer.

Interestingly, Farmer was hired after Pettine and not a part of the coaching hire had two first first round draft picks choose for him. Pettine hand-picked cornerback Justin Gilbert and Haslam made the decision to draft troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel. He did seem to have a bunch of good picks made otherwise with Danny SHelton, Cameron Ervin, Nate Orchard, Duke Johnson, Joel Bitonio and Christian Kirksey all making impacts. But the Broncos 3-13 record was too bad to save his job, especially considering he was a part of a scandal this season in which he was reportedly texting coaches about plays and packages during the game.

Pettine looked to be a great hire during his first season as the Browns started out a shocking 7-4, but they won just three of their next 21 games over the next season and a half, he never properly figured out how to control Manziel, he put guys in the dawg house far too much and the Browns were terrible this season.

At some point the Browns need stability to start winning because they have a bunch of players who constantly just keep having to learn new systems and deal with old regimes that want their own guys in there, but this seemed founded. They were a mess and had little to no hope for success in 2016 and probably none in 2017 either. But it is easier to imagine the Browns screwing things up again this offseason. They reportedly really had to settle for Pettine two years ago because no notable coaches were interested in the job. Pettine was barely on anybody’s radar as a head coaching candidate when he was hired.

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