The Buffalo Bills defense led by Mike Pettine ranked 10th in the NFL last season. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
The Cleveland Browns hired Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their next head coach, the team announced Thursday.
Pettine replaces Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after one season and a 4-12 record.
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This is Pettine's first head coaching job. Before landing in Buffalo, Pettine spent four seasons with the New York Jets as their defensive coordinator.
The Browns also reportedly interviewed Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter on Wednesday and were the last NFL team to have a head coaching vacancy.