Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Browns fire coach Pat Shurmer

Welcome to Black Monday.

The Cleveland Browns have officially fired coach Pat Shurmur. 

Fox insider Jay Glazer broke the story.

The long-standing rumor became truth without a lot of fanfare after Shurmur’s group failed to deliver on the promise that they showed in the gut of the season.

The Browns were purchased by Jim Haslam after the year took flight.

During the course of his tenure Shurmur fielded a team whose record was 9-23.

The ultimate stat was obviously not one that a new owner desires to have repeated after making such a large investment.

Shurmur gave reason for his dismal record to the Cleveland Plain Dealer last week.

“We came into a less than ideal situation when we got here,” said Shurmur. “I’m proud of the work that the guys that I hired did in terms of inspiring the players to improve. It’s a little different thought process when you’re working with so many young ones. There are certain things you’ve got to keep hammering home that when you’ve got a veteran crew, you know you talk about other things.”

Under Shurmur the Browns finished the season 23rd in total defense and 25th in total offense.

Other changes are expected in Cleveland before the day is done.

We will keep you up-to-date with these and other moves across the league as the day progresses.

Adrian Glover

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