Pettine spent four hours talking with Cleveland's brass Tuesday night in Mobile, Ala., at the Reese's Senior Bowl.
According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the feedback Pettine received is that he is a finalist for the position. A source informed of the Browns' plans said Pettine will fly to Cleveland on Thursday for a third interview.
Rapoport later learned that Browns brass spent Wednesday morning in Florida conducting an interview with an unnamed candidate. This information came from a person informed of the team's thinking.
And the mystery candidate was....
The Browns interviewed ex-Bucs coach Greg Schiano for their head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday.
Don't laugh: It's true. Reports surfaced Wednesday of a "mystery candidate" in Cleveland, and it's beleaguered ex-Tampa man Schiano, whose tenure with the Bucs was an abject disaster, from MRSA infections to rushing-the-victory-formation nonsense to an 11-21 record in two seasons. Schiano's 2013 Buccaneers underachieved spectacularly, so it makes no sense why any NFL team would target him as a head coach. Enter, the Factory of Sadness.
Source: Alex Marvez on Twitter Jan 22 - 8:44 PM
[ Edited by buck on Jan 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM ]