/Browns' Pettine staying cool with his future in jeopardy

Browns' Pettine staying cool with his future in jeopardy


AP
5:53 p.m. EST December 3, 2015

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — With the losses piling up and heat intensifying around him, Browns coach Mike Pettine is keeping cool.

When a reporter pointed out Thursday that his team has gone just 2-14 in its last 16 games, Pettine interrupted.

“Thanks for reminding me of that, by the way,” Pettine playfully quipped.

Pettine’s future could be in jeopardy with the Browns (2-9) stuck in the middle of one of those slides that has taken down Cleveland coaches before. They’ve lost six straight and suffered one of the most gut-wrenching defeats in recent memory Monday night, when the Ravens blocked a field goal on the game’s final play and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown.

The loss — and some questionable clock management decisions by Pettine in the closing minutes — brought further scrutiny to the coach in his second year and his staff. Pettine understands that his job could be hanging in the balance of Cleveland’s final five games.

“I feel very upset about the record and that’s on us,” Pettine said. “We own it. This is a bottom-line business and where we are isn’t good enough.”

Pettine said he has weekly…

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