His grip is solid, strong. He's sizing you up, too—he's a judge of men, a teacher of football players, and now he is head coach of the Cleveland Browns, the seventh hearty to walk that plank since 1999, when the once-fabled franchise rose staggering from the tomb to feast upon its fans' vital organs. The past five NFL seasons, with four different head coaches, his team has won twenty-three games and lost fifty-seven. His best player is reportedly appealing a full year's suspension—for smoking weed. His rookie quarterback is a TMZ regular—a binge-drinking, Instagramming fool. His own boss is a first-year GM. His boss's boss—the Browns' second-year owner, Jimmy Haslam—faces the possibility of federal charges after a two-year joint investigation by the FBI and the IRS into the Haslam family business.Read the full story on Esquire.com.
His name is Mike Pettine. Pett-in. Pray for him.