Report: Mike Pettine will be fired following Sunday's game

Mike Pettine's time with the Cleveland Browns is over, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Mike Pettine's future in Cleveland has reportedly been decided.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and NFL.com, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has already made the decision to fire Pettine following Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

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In addition, Rapaport reports that Cleveland's general manager, Ray Farmer, is expected to be shown the door as well.

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With the result of Sunday's game still in question, Pettine will have accumulated either a 10-22 record or an 11-21 mark in two full seasons as head coach of the Browns. 

After his debut as an NFL head coach roared to a 7-4 start in 2014, Pettine's Browns lost five-straight games to end his first season and have lost 12 of 15 games thus far in the  2015 campaign.

While Pettine's 3-17 record over the last 20 of his final 21 games wasn't good enough in a league he consistently defined as a "bottom-line," what might've done him in, as well, was the performance of his defense. 

Coming to Cleveland as a purported defensive mastermind, Pettine was handed the league's highest-paid defense this offseason and, amidst the first 15 games of the season, that unit is among the five worst in the league in points and yards allowed per contest. 

If Rapoport's report holds true, Pettine will be the third coach the Browns have fired since 2012. 

In 2013, Pat Shurmur was axed before Rob Chudzinski was shown the door after only a single season at the helm in 2014.

The last Browns head coach to last more than two seasons was Romeo Crennel, who patrolled the sidelines from 2005 through 2008. 

Pettine will apparently coach Sunday's game against the Steelers, which is set to kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. 

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