Mike Pettine knows he might not have been Cleveland's first choice or even the Browns' second pick.
All that matters to him is that he's the one they selected.
"It's been my lifelong 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.
Buffalo's defensive coordinator, who didn't seem to be on Cleveland's radar when the team began a coaching search last month, signed a five-year contract Thursday and was named the Browns' seventh full-time coach since 1999. Pettine, 47, replaces Rob Chudzinski, fired Dec. 29 after just one season.
The Browns interviewed 10 candidates before deciding on 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."
His straightforward style attracted Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who set out to find a "strong winner."
Seahawks: Add NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to the list of those not pleased with Richard Sherman's rant after Seattle's victory in the NFC Championship game. Sherman has been blasted for disparaging comments he made about 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree.
"No, I'm not cheering for that," Goodell said on "CBS This Morning." "(Sherman) is such a great young man. He is extremely well-spoken, does great things off the field, obviously a great player on the field. I want him to present himself in the best possible way and make sure that he is reflecting on himself and his family in a positive way."
"It was really uncalled for," Thurmond said. "The receiver ran right into the guy. I don't know the extent of the injury Talib had, but I thought we were supposed to protect football players in this league now. I guess not. I guess that only goes one way."
The NFL cleared Welker of wrongdoing.
Broncos: An attorney for Denver linebacker Von Miller has entered a guilty plea on Miller's behalf to two traffic violations, and other traffic charges have been dropped. The Denver Post reports Miller wasn't in the Arapahoe County courtroom in suburban Denver when his lawyer entered the guilty pleas to a lane change violation and speeding.
Vikings: Running back Adrian Peterson had groin surgery and is expected to spend the next six weeks recovering. Peterson rushed for 1,266 yards in 14 games, missing two in December because of a sprained right foot. The groin muscle had been bothering him for much of the season.
Cowboys: Dallas signed kicker Dan Bailey to a seven-year, $22.5 million contract through the 2020 season. Bailey, who was set to be a restricted free agent, gets a $4 million signing bonus and $7.5 million guaranteed.
Stacey Jackson wasn't asked and didn't say whether she thinks Brent should go to prison for the crash that killed her son, Jerry Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter in Brown's death and faces up to 20 years in prison or as little as probation.
Jackson has said she has forgiven Brent.
"He's still responsible, but you can't go on in life holding a grudge," Jackson told the court while Brent mostly stared at the table in front of him. "We all make mistakes."
Jurors were expected to resume sentencing deliberations on Friday.
Taylor slaying: A Florida man who prosecutors say fired the fatal shot in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor has been sentenced to more than 57 years in prison.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy imposed the sentence on 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr., who was convicted in November of second-degree murder and armed burglary. Rivera had faced a maximum life sentence.
ESPN.com contributed to this report.