Cleveland (WOIO) - How close did the Browns come to landing a head coach with Super Bowl experience? According to Pro Football Talk, very close. The Browns were set to trade multiple draft picks to the San Francisco 49'ers in exchange for Harbaugh, who expressed interest in the job when the Browns called to inquire about two of his assistants. In the end, Harbaugh decided to stay put.
Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert released this statement on Friday: "The team conducted an extensive coaching search, and explored several options. That search produced an outstanding head coach in Mike Pettine and we're excited about his future with the club."