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Today, we are introduced to the Browns fifth head coach since 1999.

2:49 PM

Browns reinvent themselves again: Andy Reid's Philadelphia Eagles model makes its way to Berea. http://bit.ly/e81ZDV

1:48 PM

Browns Introduce Shurmur: Shurmur, Holmgren and Heckert met with media for 45 minutes Friday. http://bit.ly/f3pLLs

11:43 AM

(Subscriber) Best DT since Warren Sapp?: Auburn’s Nick Fairley has decided to go pro and he comes highly touted. http://bit.ly/edwu5m

11:10 AM

Shurmur said he will initially call the plays.

11:02 AM

Here we go

10:56 AM

Waiting on arrival of shurmur holmgren and heckert.

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4-3 coming to Cleveland?
Don Delco on January 14th, 2011 AT 8:42 AM

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, who was all over the Pat-Shurmur-to-Cleveland angle, is now being told that Dick Jauron is also being considered for the Browns’ defensive coordinator position. That also means Rob Ryan will not be coming back to Cleveland. Ryan is expected to interview for Dallas’ defensive coordinator job.

Jauron, who spend this past season as the Eagles secondary coach, has always run a 4-3 defense. He has had two stints as a head coach, once with the Bears (1999-2003) and with the Bills (2006-09). He was Jacksonville’s defensive coordinator from 1995-98.

His experience as a head coach in the NFL could help Shurmur adjust to his new role.

If the 4-3 is indeed implemented in Cleveland, the Browns will be in search of defensive line help. Some more linebackers would be nice, too.

Rams Press Release on Shurmur
Barry McBride on January 13th, 2011 AT 8:03 PM


St. Louis, Mo. – Pat Shurmur, who served as the Rams’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons, became head coach of the Cleveland Browns Thursday.

“I am very happy for Pat and his family,” Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I very much appreciate Pat and what he has done to help us grow as a team these last two years. I wish him and his family the very best in Cleveland.”

In 2010, the Rams scored 114 more points than they did in 2009, the second best improvement in the NFL last season. In addition, the Rams committed just 21 turnovers in 2010, tied for the ninth-lowest total in the NFL.

“Pat is a very good football coach and has done an excellent job for us,” Rams General Manager Billy Devaney said. “He is deserving of this opportunity and I wish him and his family the best in Cleveland.”

RB Steven Jackson enjoyed 1,000-year seasons in each of Shurmur’s years as the team’s offensive play caller, and Jackson was recently named to his third Pro Bowl. Wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson along with tight ends Daniel Fells and Billy Bajema each posted new career highs in receptions in 2010.

“I knew it would not be long before Coach Shurmur got a head coaching job in this league,” Jackson said.  “He was a good coordinator for the Rams and on Sundays, he got the most out of his players and always had us in a position to win the game.  Congratulations to Coach Shurmur and his family.”

Shurmur also played a key role in the development of QB Sam Bradford, who set new NFL rookie records for completions and attempts and finished second all-time among NFL rookies with 3,512 passing yards.

“This is a great opportunity for Coach Shurmur,” Bradford said. “I really enjoyed working with him last season and he truly helped my transition from college to the NFL game. I think he will be a really good head coach.”

What They’re Saying About Pat Shurmur
Dave Kolonich on January 13th, 2011 AT 6:38 PM

Below Is a Press Release From the Cleveland Browns:

Browns Cornerback Sheldon Brown

"As a rookie coming into the National Football League (in 2002), he was our quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia. I knew he demanded a lot of respect, for one, Donovan McNabb was the guy that was already established there and Donovan had the utmost respect for Coach Shurmur. He is a sharp guy. He always took notes in meetings and he was one of those guys that (Eagles head coach) Andy (Reid) could depend on to get the guys ready to play, motivate and do well on gamedays. That’s what you are looking for when you are looking for a coach. He kind of reminds me of a guy like (Baltimore Ravens head coach) John Harbaugh, who took a lot of notes, never had enough knowledge and always wanted to learn more. I had a lot of respect for him. He is a hard working guy and I think he will do well." 

Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid

"I’m extremely proud of and happy for Pat Shurmur and his family. He is a proven commodity in the NFL and has paid his dues as a successful assistant coach. Pat is smart, very well organized and has a great command and great feel for the ins and outs of the business of pro football. I believe, to a man, all of the players and coaches that have worked with and for Pat Shurmur have the utmost respect for him as a person and as a coach. And I’m right at the top of that list. He’ll do a great job for the city of Cleveland as their head football coach."

Redskins Quarterback Donovan McNabb

"I think it is a great choice for the Cleveland Browns. Pat Shurmur is a hard-working, dedicated and determined individual who demands perfection from all his players. The team will love playing for him."

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