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Mike Pettine standing taller in Browns' messy coaching search

Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine just got a little closer to leaving the Buffalo Bills.

Pettine's chances to get an offer from the Cleveland Browns to be their head coach improved significantly this morning.

Multiple reports state a top candidate, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, has informed the Browns he's not interested and to move on without him.

Many insiders believe Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn now is the frontrunner for the job if he wants it, but the Browns reportedly asked Pettine for a second interview.

The Browns are getting crushed by their local media and fans for moving slowly. They're the last club without a head coach.

Might Gase's public rejection jolt the Browns into making a hire before Quinn is done with the Super Bowl?

Pettine has gained coaching-philosophy points because he runs a version of the Ryan 46 defense, which continues to gain popularity around the NFL. He learned the defense working closely with New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.

The Bills' defense was rejuvenated under Pettine. The Bills sent four defensive players to the Pro Bowl, and he helped salvage pass-rusher Jerry Hughes and safety Aaron Williams.

The Bills ranked 10th in yards allowed, an amazing accomplishment, considering where they were a year earlier. The Bills also finished second in sacks and second in interceptions.

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