NFL News: It seems like the fallout of Week 17 has caused a ripple effect. The Cleveland Browns were the first to react to their appalling 3-13 season by firing coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer. Shortly thereafter, the San Francisco 49ers (5-11) dismissed Jim Tomsula after his one-year stint as coach.
Pettine, who began his coaching stint with a promising 7-4 start back in 2014, lost 18 of his final 21 games as Cleveland coach. In his two-year stint, Pettine finished with a 10-22 record, with the final nail in the coffin coming during the 28-12 home loss to rivals Pittsburgh Steelers over the weekend.
“We greatly appreciate Ray’s (Farmer) and Mike’s (Pettine) dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns. We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team was positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are, and we take full responsibility,” Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement late Sunday. (Watch Press Conference Above)
Haslam revealed that the new coach will also choose the next GM, whose duties will be restricted to scouting and talent acquisition. “We want to get the right person (as coach). I don’t know if it’s going to take two weeks or two months,” added the owner of the Browns.
Meanwhile, the 49ers fired rookie coach Tomsula after a bizarre season. At one stage, the 49ers were very much in the playoff mix. “Jimmy (Tomsula) has been a valuable member of the 49ers organization for the last nine years. We all know he is a man of high character, and his contributions on the field and in our community have always been greatly appreciated. This entire organization is proud and grateful to have worked so closely alongside Jimmy. We all wish him and his family great success in the future,” 49ers CEO Jed York said in a statement released Sunday.
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