Harbaugh, Pettine have long-standing connections, friendship

New Browns coach Mike Pettine is 1-1 in first year as NFL head coach after previous stint as assistant with Ravens

September 16, 2014|By Aaron Wilson | The Baltimore Sun

When the Ravens travel to play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, there will be several familiar faces on the opposing sideline.

That includes Browns first-year head coach Mike Pettine, a former Ravens outside linebackers coach under John Harbaugh who got his start with the organization breaking down games in the video department for former Ravens coach Brian Billick.

A former standout high school football coach in Pennsylvania, Pettine became a defensive coordinator with the New York Jets when he left the Ravens' staff to work under Rex Ryan and then with the Buffalo Bills prior to landing the Browns' job after last season.

The Browns are 1-1 following a comeback victory over the New Orleans Saints last Sunday. They won on a game-winning field goal by former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff.

Pettine's staff also includes former Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller, running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery and retired former Ravens starting defensive end Anthony Weaver, the defensive line coach. Harbaugh and Pettine also have ties through their daughters.

“Mike is a friend,” Harbaugh said. “His family still lives here in Baltimore. Our daughters play lacrosse against one another and with one another. Great relationship there, great memories there. Obviously, he’s done well since he left here as a defensive coordinator and now he’s off to the very good start as a head coach. Lot of respect for him and the way he coaches, obviously he causes a lot of problems on defense.

"He walked into a good situation, he knows that, with the defensive personnel they added since he has been there. And he's put his scheme in place, which is kind of a trademark scheme that he runs."

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