Browns offensive coordinator Mike Pettines job was upended on Thursday night after the Browns were eliminated from playoff contention with a 30-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Pettine was fired after a season in which the Browns ranked 26th in the NFL in points scored (36.2), 27th in yards (415.1) and 20th in points allowed (30.8).
The team was 4-4 after the first three games of the season, and Pettine had been in charge for all three of those games.
Pettines record was 11-17 and he was fired with a win over the Dallas Cowboys the week before that loss.
Pettins contract with the Browns is worth $2.2 million per year.
He also will receive a $1.3 million buyout for the 2018 season.
The Browns have a $7.5 million cap hit for the 2019 season.
Browns fans and Pettines friends are already planning on what they’ll do in 2018.
Pettiner was hired to work out quarterbacks and to scout wide receivers, and he said in his introductory press conference Thursday that he had been looking forward to getting to the playoffs since he started his coaching career in 2004.
The coach also said he had no plans to leave the Browns to run for public office.
But Pettine’s hiring has been met with a lot of backlash from his supporters and opponents.
There are some who have questioned his decision to fire Pettines offensive coordinator, saying he had not done his job.
Pettiners critics say Pettine should have hired someone who was better equipped to run the offense.
But many of Pettiners defenders said that he shouldn’t have fired him at all given his tenure in Cleveland.
The fact is, Pettine has done a fantastic job.
He has done an incredible job in the past two years.
Pettino has had to make the difficult decisions, but he has not only made the tough decisions, he has taken a huge leap forward in the last few years.
The first two years were extremely difficult.
Pettinis coaching tenure has been pretty good.
He had a rough start to the season with injuries to all his key offensive players, and the Browns struggled mightily to finish games.
But the Browns have improved their offense this year and Pettinin has been able to take advantage of the fact that they have more weapons than they have had in the previous two years, and they are scoring more points per game than they did last year.
They also are better in the red zone and Pettino hasn’t allowed a touchdown to a receiver since Week 3.
Pettini also has made the team more aggressive on special teams, and this year he has been particularly successful in helping the team win games by bringing his talented offense to bear on defense.
Pettinian has also been a big part of what the Browns offense has done to improve this year.
Pettimini has been a part of the success of the Browns offensive attack and he has led his team to a top-five scoring offense in the league this year with a record of 10-3.
Pettiins offense has allowed only two touchdowns on the season.
Pettinator has been the best offensive coordinator in the AFC North.
Pettinators offense has had some tough games against the Broncos and Saints in the playoffs, but Pettinins team has been dominant in those games and has won the division in each of the last two seasons.
Pettinas offense has been one of the most potent offenses in the game this year, and that’s been the reason Pettiins firing has been such a shock.
Pettina has been an incredible coach and he will always be a great guy for us, but his time is coming to an end.
Pettigan is the Browns highest-paid offensive assistant.
He’s got a contract for next season worth more than $2 million.
He will earn about $400,000 per year for the next two seasons and that will give him enough to support his family.
Pettigans salary is not guaranteed.
If Pettiinas contract is terminated, he will become a free agent.
But he will not be the Browns best offensive player, as his contract has a $10.5M buyout.
If he leaves the Browns he will get $2M in guaranteed money.
If the Browns do not make the playoffs in 2019, he is set to become a player-tagged free agent for the first time.
Pettigines departure is a big blow to the Browns team.
The defense has been among the best in the division and Pettigan has been successful with the offense, as he has had the best offense in NFL history.
Pettinus team has won 10 of its last 12 games.
It also has been in the top five in total offense.
Pettifines defensive line has been great as well, allowing just three sacks on the year.
Thats something Pettis defense has lacked this year in a way that Pettis