Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Browns will fire HC Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer is likely done with the team as well.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has already made the decision to fire Pettine and has begun laying the groundwork for the move while doing work on potential candidates and seeing who will be available to him.
Interestingly enough, Rapoport mentions that Farmer could end up being fired without ever hiring a coach.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam seems inclined to “blow things up” and fire HC Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer as early as Sunday night.
League sources tell Cabot that Haslam has already been laying the groundwork for their replacements because the competition for candidates is likely to be fierce.
Cabot mentions that it will be important for the Browns to act fast and they could have interviews scheduled with candidates as early as Sunday night.
Pettine reportedly met with Haslam on Friday and asked him about his future and that of the coaching staff. However, Pettine was told that a decision would be made either after Sunday’s game or on Monday.
Reports have said that the expectation is that Pettine will be fired, so this shouldn’t come as a major surprise.
For what it’s worth, Tony Grossi expects Packers executive Eliot Wolf, Jaguars assistant HC Doug Marrone, Bears OC Adam Gase, Peyton Manning, and Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable all to be linked to the Browns in the coming days.
Since taking over as the Browns’ head coach in 2014, Pettine has led the team to a record of 10-21 (32.3 percent).
We’ll have more regarding potential changes for the Browns as the news is available.