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Via Bleacher Report:

The writing has been on the wall for some time, and the Cleveland Browns made it official on Sunday. The team fired Mike Pettine after two years on the job.

The team announced Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer’s deparature shortly after a Week 17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with comment from owner Jimmy Haslam:

“We greatly appreciate Ray and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns. We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team is positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and I take full responsibility. We will approach the search for our next football coach and executives to lead our football operations with a clear vision regarding what we need to do to build a successful organization. We will be methodical in looking for strong, smart leaders with high character who are relentlessly driven to improve our football team, willing to look at every resource possible to improve, and who embrace collaboration to ultimately make the best decisions for the Cleveland Browns. We are fully committed to bringing our fans the winning organization they so clearly deserve.”

The Philadelphia Eaglesfiring of Chip Kelly might have hastened Pettine‘s departure as well.

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