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Cleveland Browns fire head coach Pat Shurmur

Published: Mon, December 31, 2012 @ 9:24 a.m.

Cleveland Browns fire head coach Pat Shurmur

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The brief Pat Shurmur tenure is over. The Plain Dealer has confirmed that Shurmur has been fired by the Browns after two years as head coach.

General Manager Tom Heckert is also expected to be fired today.

Shurmur, hired by Heckert and former team president Mike Holmgren, leaves with a 9-23 record as an NFL coach.

Both Shurmur and Heckert are expected to have other opportunities before too long. Shurmur might be a candidate for the Vikings’ offensive coordinator job, according to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora. Heckert is expected to draw interest from several teams with general manager vacancies.

One or both might also have a chance to be reunited with Andy Reid, who’s expected to be fired by the Eagles. Reid reportedly has already been calling around to assemble his staff and has his sights set on the San Diego job, according to profootballtalk.com.

Both Shurmur and Heckert had known for a while that the ax was likely to fall right after the season.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Vindicator or vindy.com


1LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

About time. I wonder what loser the Browns will hire next. - btw just so there is no confusion I am a Browns fan.

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2VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I did not care for Shurmur's "West Coast" offense. It was restrictive for the players available and did not suit their style of play.

One of the most maddening things Browns coaches have been known to do is draft a player and then try to change the way he plays the game. This brings up the question "why did you draft him?"

The next coach would be best served by installing an offense and defense suited to the players at hand and build from that. I think the current Browns defense is a good fit, but their offense stinks, so Shurmur had to go. I think he is a fine person, but do not feel he is as good of a teaching coach as has been suggested.

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3NilesOhio(987 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The Browns will never gain any traction if the franchise is a non-stop revolving door. They need years to learn how to work with each other instead of a bunch of talented individuals working somewhat independently. Until you get some true team spirit like that, the Browns will never be able to stick together long enough to win anything substantial.

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4papa1(711 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

shurmer had players sitting on the bench all year who should have been playing. his play calling was abysmal. this team is loaded with young talent who are eager to win. bring in an established coach with a winning resume and let's finally have something to cheer for. don't bring in some recycled coach like reid or turner or any of the other fired coaches. i like they're thinking about chip kelly of oregon. or nick saban. look what pete carrol did with his second chance to coach an nfl team in seattle.

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