What's Buzzing:

Browns coach dismisses Harbaugh report as 'noise'

The Associated Press
Browns coach dismisses Harbaugh report as 'noise'
.

View gallery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- After a 25-day search, the Cleveland Browns hired Mike Pettine as their new head coach last month.

But the drama wasn't done. Less than three weeks after Pettine took the job, the Browns announced the dismissal of chief executive officer Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi, Banner after a transition and Lombardi immediately.

Then there was the report -- posted by the Pro Football Talk website Friday -- that before hiring Pettine the Browns tried to trade for Jim Harbaugh with San Francisco.

Pettine? He just shrugged it off, which is probably the kind of attitude a guy who has become Cleveland's seventh coach since 1999 has to have.

''I got a phone call saying that report was going to come out, and I shot the messenger a little. I asked, 'How does that affect my tenure as the head coach?' I think my next sentence used the word 'flying' followed by something or referenced a part of a rat's body,'' Pettine said Saturday at the NFL scouting combine. ''I think that's noise. It has no bearing on my job moving forward.''

The report said the Browns and 49ers had a deal in place but Harbaugh decided to stay put. Via Twitter, 49ers CEO Jed York denied that was true.

The Browns issued this statement: ''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.''

Pettine said the lack of denial by the Browns didn't bother him, either.

''I think it shows the organization's committed to getting it turned around, that it would investigate that option,'' Pettine said. ''I see that as a positive.''

Pettine said he has no regrets about leaving his post as Buffalo's defensive coordinator to take the job with the Browns.

''No, because that's negative. To me, this is a dream come true. I pinch myself every day. I wake up in the morning and I say, 'I'm head coach of the Cleveland Browns. I can't wait to get to work,''' Pettine said. ''There's so much negative, I think you can get overwhelmed by it. I don't see it that way. I know that I'm very blessed to be here.''

Harbaugh has led the 49ers to three straight NFC championship games, but they lost their only Super Bowl appearance with him. He just completed his third season of a $25 million, five-year contract.

---

Online:

AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org

View Comments (66)
  • GM: Tigers likely to stand pat at deadline; praises Ausmus

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila believes his current roster is good enough to reach the postseason and anticipates standing pat at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. … More »

    AP - Sports - 3 minutes 42 seconds ago
  • Early goals give the Galaxy a 2-1 win over the Timbers

    Early goals give the Galaxy a 2-1 win over the Timbers

    With two goals in the first 11 minutes, the Galaxy stole a 2-1 victory in Portland. Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes each scored for Los Angeles to put an end to the Timbers' nine-game undefeated streak before a national TV audience. Zarek Valentin … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • England leads UL Crown, US advances

    England leads UL Crown, US advances

    Charley Hull and surprising England grabbed the lead in the UL International Crown on Saturday, and the United States advanced with a sweep against Japan. Hull, who missed Friday's four-ball session with a fever and trouble with her asthma, teamed … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • Bengals release safety Taylor Mays

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals released safety Taylor Mays on Saturday, five days before the team reports for the start of training camp. … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
  • White Sox ace Chris Sale scratched for 'clubhouse incident'

    White Sox ace Chris Sale scratched for 'clubhouse incident'

    The White Sox declined to describe the incident, but said it's ''currently under further investigation by the club'' and that Sale was sent home from the park. The White Sox planned to use multiple relievers in his place. With the White Sox fading … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago