In January 2011, Pat Shurmur was named as the 13th head coach in Cleveland Browns history.
After 22 seasons of coaching at the college and NFL ranks, this was Shurmur's first job at the helm of a team.
The Dearborn, Michigan native has developed a reputation of being able to mold young quarterbacks.
First, he worked alongside Brad Childress in Philadelphia to develop Donovan McNabb.
With Shurmur as QB coach, McNabb enjoyed his most successful campaign in 2004 and posted a passer rating of 104.7.
In addition, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 30 or more touchdowns and fewer than 10 interceptions.
After leaving the Eagles, the Michigan State alum took his talents to St. Louis as offensive coordinator in 2009.
The job Shurmur did with 2010 first overall pick, Sam Bradford, is what made the Cleveland brain trust feel that he was the right man to guide their young quarterback, Colt McCoy.
Bradford set rookie QB records for completions (354), and his 3,512 passing yards were the second-most all-time by a first-year player.
It's been a turbulent 14 games for Pat Shurmur in 2012.
He went from being the long-term solution under former president Mike Holmgren, to being uncertain if the new ownership regime will keep him around.
Also, when you throw in an inconsistent rookie quarterback in Brandon Weeden along with players such as Josh Cribbs and Trent Richardson questioning his offensive strategy, it makes things tough.
Cribbs complained on multiple occasions that the coaching staff does not know how to use him effectively.
Richardson commented that it was "shocking" that he only carried the ball twice in the second half of last week's loss to Washington.
Despite those situations, however, Shurmur does seem to have control of the locker room.
The youngest team in the NFL battles every game, having only been defeated in two of their nine losses by more than 10 points.
However, there have definitely been concerns—a major one being the lack of communication on play calling.
Getting timely decisions into Weeden had been a problem during several matchups, but never more so than in the 25-15 loss to Baltimore in Week 9.
The Browns burned three timeouts, including two in a single second quarter series, because they were unable to get plays called and the right personnel lined up fast enough.
Cleveland's bye week followed and Shurmur told reporters, "I'll take full responsibility for all of it. We can streamline some things."
To his credit, the communication on offense during the five contests since has run much more smoothly.
Predictable and questionable third down calls, particularly on short yardage scenarios, were also troubles that plagued the head coach earlier in 2012.
Throwing a screen pass to Chris Ogbonnaya on third-and-short became so predictable that opposing defenses would automatically swarm the target.
Not handing off to your first-round pick running back, Trent Richardson, in those situations also raised eyebrows.
Like the indecisive play calling, these issues also seem to be generally taken care of.
Are all of the improvements too little, too late?
Shurmur's fate lives and dies with Brandon Weeden.
The head coach makes it clear on a regular basis that No. 3 is his quarterback and nothing outside of an injury is going to change that.
The Browns' coaching staff is littered with QB experts in Mark Whipple, Brad Childress and Shurmur himself.
Of course they can only do so much and then it is up to Weeden to execute.
A league leading 21 batted balls as well as the almost constant uncertainty of where and when to release the ball all point to regression.
If ownership had not changed hands then Shurmur would have been given more time.
The new regime will want to put their own stamp on this franchise. Unfortunately for the current head coach, that will not involve him.