CLEVELAND, OH-WGRZ's sister station WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio reports that the Cleveland Browns second interview with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is over. The meeting lasted four hours. There are no indications that Pettine has been offered the Browns head coaching job.
Pettine is the first candidate that has received a second interview. The Browns ownership flew to Mobile, Alabama, site of the Senior Bowl, on Tuesday to conduct the interview.
Earlier Tuesday the Browns had learned that Adam Gase, offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, has removed his name for consideration.
The Browns are still waiting to interview Dan Quinn, defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, for a second time. That interview is expected to happen in the New York/New Jersey area by Sunday. Quinn is currently preparing the Seattle defense for Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2.
The Browns are also reportedly interested in Dirk Koetter, 54, the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons for the past two years. He was an offensive coordinator in Jacksonville for 5 years. He has never been a head coach in the NFL but was head coach at Arizona State and Boise State. He cancelled an interview with the Browns last year.
The Browns fired first-year head coach, Rob Chudzinski in December following the end of the season.