Mike Pettine realizing 'dream' as Browns' coach

Posted Feb 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Coach Mike Pettine has a firm grasp on the challenges he faces in trying to turn around the Browns, and he isn’t backing down from them.

INDIANAPOLIS – Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he understands what it takes to face the enormous challenge of making the team a winner.

“Any time you’re trying to turn a franchise around you have to be extraordinary,” Pettine told reporters here Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I put up a power point slide (that showed) since 1991, the Browns have had two playoff appearances, I think, and won one playoff game. In those 23 years, there’s been 141 coaches.

“The challenge for them was ‘How are we going to be different?’ That’s something they took to heart and hopefully we’ll have results to back that up in the fall.’’

Pettine understands the pressures of being a head coach in the NFL. And he knows there are going to be questions about how he plans to right the Browns ship and how quickly he can get the job done.

“To me, this is a dream come true. I pinch myself every day. I wake up in the morning and say, ‘I’m the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, I can’t wait to get to work,’” he said. “There’s so much negative, you can get overwhelmed by it. I don’t see it that way. I know I’m very blessed to be here, that my path was different and I think that’s helped motivate me.

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“I’m the proverbial guy from the mailroom. I don’t have the pedigree like some other coaches have that were former players or big college name coaches. I feel like I’ve worked my way up and had a lot to overcome. I think that’s helped motivate me. That’s been a chip on my shoulder, whether it’s real or perceived. I’ve always been, ‘that guy was just a high school coach’ or ‘that guy was just getting Rex (Ryan’s) coffee.’ That’s what’s motivated me. And, to me, that’s a big part of why I’m here today.’’

This Road to the Draft segment is driven by Liberty Ford.

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