The Miami Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin. The Tennessee Titans fired head coach Ken Wisenhunt. The Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly. The Indianapolis Colts are not expected to renew the contract of head coach Chuck Pagano. And, to that list, it appears the Cleveland Browns may soon add head coach Mike Pettine.
According to various media report, the Browns' head coach met with staffers Friday morning, with many leaving the meeting feeling Pettine will not be the head coach of the team following this weekend's season ending contest.
In speaking with multiple sources, there's a sense within the #Browns org that Sunday will be the last time Mike Pettine coaches the team.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) January 1, 2016
Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot also wrote about the potential firing for the Browns:
Browns staffers emerged from a meeting with coach Mike Pettine Friday morning feeling like he'll be fired after the season, multiple sources told cleveland.com.
The sources said Pettine talked to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam about the coaching staff and was told that a decision wouldn't be made until after the game and after a possible move in the personnel department on Monday.
On Monday, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report wrote that the Browns were expected to keep Pettine, but that Ray Farmer, the team's general manager, would be fired.
Joe Ginley from Dawgs By Nature pointed out there are three main reasons to believe Pettine could be fired on Monday. The first is that Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam has a history of firing coaches quickly, including two years of Pat Shurmur and one year of Rob Chudzinski. The second is the relationship between Pettine and Johnny Manziel, who the Browns picked in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Finally, the Browns defense fell apart this year, despite coming into the season expected to be the strength of the team.
Ginley advises Browns fans to "take every report with a grain of salt these next two days. Until the team releases an official statement, we cannot say anything for certain. With each piece of information, consider the source and mull it over before reacting or calling it truth."
It will take until Monday, known as "Black Monday" in the NFL due to the number of coaches typically fired on the day after the regular season ends, to know for sure if the Browns are jumping into the coaching search fun this offseason. There does appear to be some preparations for the move.