As the Cleveland Browns' search for a new coach drags on, owner Jimmy Haslam wrote a letter to season ticket-holders on Wednesday asking them to be patient while the team pursues the right candidate for the job.
The Browns, who finished 4-12 in 2013, fired coach Rob Chudzinski after one season.
During the search, several candidates who interviewed for the job withdrew from consideration, including New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
"We understood from the beginning that if we wanted to speak to all of the coaches on our list that we may need to wait until they have completed their participation in the playoffs," Haslam wrote. "We are prepared to wait as long as necessary because this is a very important decision."
The Browns are reported to be interested in speaking with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. However, he does not want to interview until the Broncos' season ends. Denver is playing New England in the AFC Championship game on Sunday.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will interview with the Browns in the near future. In his first season with the Bills, Pettine had the 10th-ranked defense that finished second in the league with 57 sacks.
Two other candidates who interviewed with the Browns were hired elsewhere. Ken Whisenhunt became coach of the Tennessee Titans and Ben McAdoo was named the New York Giants' offensive coordinator.
"We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach," Haslam wrote. "We believe it is very important to stay disciplined to this process and to interview all of the candidates on our list.
"We believe the head coach of the Cleveland Browns to be a very attractive position."