Mike Pettine knows he might not have been Cleveland's first choice or even the Browns' second pick.
All that matters to the son of a high school coaching legend is that he's the one they selected.
"It's been my life-long dream to be an NFL head coach," Pettine said Thursday, "and however that opportunity presents itself, it's fine with me."
After nearly a month of twists, turns and talk, the Browns found their man.
Pettine, who was Buffalo's defensive coordinator, didn't seem to be on Cleveland's radar when the team began a coaching search last month. But he signed a five-year contract and was named the Browns' seventh full-time coach since 1999. Pettine replaces Rob Chudzinski, fired on Dec. 29 after one season.
The Browns interviewed 10 candidates before deciding on the 47-year-old Pettine, who has built a solid reputation with a no-nonsense approach with his players.
"I have been nicknamed BFT — Blunt Force Trauma," he said. "The days are too short to dance around subjects some time and I think guys appreciate that."
Pettine spent one year with the Bills after four as Rex Ryan's defensive coordinator with the New York Jets. Before that, Pettine was an assistant coach in Baltimore, giving him some familiarity in Cleveland's division.