The Cleveland Browns coaching search could be nearing a conclusion.
Team officials interviewed Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for the second time on Tuesday night in Mobile, Ala., and although the sides did not reach a deal, the 47-year-old has emerged as the front-runner to become Cleveland’s seventh full-time coach.
Pettine spent one season with the Bills after four on Rex Ryan’s staff with the New York Jets.
The Browns are also expected to give Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn a second interview.
With the Seahawks getting ready for the Super Bowl, the Browns have to conduct that interview by Jan. 26.
On Tuesday, Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase withdrew his name from consideration for Cleveland’s opening.
Hirings and changes
The Atlanta Falcons have hired former Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli as assistant general manager. … The Tennessee Titans have hired former Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills head coach Mike Mularkey as tight ends coach. … Former Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans assistant Craig Johnson has been named running backs coach with the New York Giants.
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