NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted Sunday that while the Cleveland Browns have zeroed in on a handful of coordinators who coached in Sunday's games, their search might ultimately land on a candidate they've already interviewed.
Or a candidate they've already interviewed, and plan to speak with again.
Pettine did an outstanding job with the Bills defense this season, guiding a unit that grew stronger as the year progressed to a franchise-record 57 sacks, second best in the NFL. Before taking the Buffalo job, Pettine spent years as Rex Ryan's right-hand man with the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. Pettine also pops off the pages of Nicholas Dawidoff's recently published "Collision Low Crossers" as the son of a coach and a football lifer.
Cleveland's search has focused on a handful of offensive-minded candidates, with the team believed to be high on Adam Gase. Rapoport, however, noted Sunday that the Broncos play-caller might ultimately pull his name out of the race, a possibility that became more likely after Denver's victory in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.