Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is impressed by what he has seen from first-year coach Mike Pettine.
BEREA, Ohio -- There is no second chance to make a first impression, but Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine may not need one, according to owner Jimmy Haslam.
Pettine was given the opportunity he always wanted when he was named the Browns' head coach back on Jan. 23, 2014, and although the team has gone through only one practice in training camp, Haslam has been pleased with what he has seen from the on-field leader of his organization.
"One of our guys came in now and said, 'Mike looks like he's been doing that for years,'" Haslam told the media after Saturday's practice. "I think he's exactly what we need. I think he's going to be a really good head coach. I'm excited about the group we've put together, Mike and (general manager) Ray (Farmer) are working extremely well together. They're both smart. They work hard.
"We spent three lengthy sessions with Mike and each session we felt better. What he showed in the interviews is what he showed in the spring and he's showing out here and I think he'll show here in Cleveland for years to come."
According to Haslam, Pettine has been exactly what he thought of him during the interview process.
"He's smart, like we thought," Haslam said. "He's articulate. I don't think he gets rattled easy. He's tough, and I think the players relate well to him. I think we have a good environment. We're really excited about Mike, a quality guy."
More importantly than anything, Haslam believes Pettine will be the man who leads the Browns out of the six-year double-digit losing streak the team is currently in and back to prominence.
"Expectations are high that we'll improve," Haslam said. "To put wins and losses on it I think is unfair. This is a long process. This is a team that has not been very good for a long time and despite what a lot of people think, we're actually patient and feel we have the right group in place, and we're going to get better over a period of time. I think we'll have a better football team this year and we're all going to be disappointed if we don't.
"Everybody wants the question, if I were you I'd ask the same question. I ask our guys the same questions all the time, 'What's that look like in wins and losses?' I said this last year, we'll know at the end of the year if we improved or not."