According to Cabot, despite not being officially informed, Shurmur is already aware of the situation:
"Listen, I get this, and my concerns are for my team and making sure that we do all the right things during the game to give our guys the best chance to win,'' said Shurmur. "That’s where I’m at. We have not won enough football games, and I know that’s the way this things works, but in our situation I see improvement and I’ll leave it at that.''
Heading into Week 17, Shurmur is just 9-22 in two seasons as head coach of the Browns. The team will be seeking its sixth victory of the season on Sunday, which would be a two-win improvement over his first year in Cleveland.
Heckert has been with the Browns since January 2010.
Unfortunately for the pair, it appears new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner want to bring in a new regime for next season. Haslam agreed to buy the team in August, and Banner signed on in October.
Banner said in November that the organization's top priorities are deciding who the head coach, general manager and quarterback will be next season (h/t The Plain Dealer). That means 2012 first-round draft pick Brandon Weeden could be replaced as well.
If Shurmur is fired, he will be the third Browns coach in five years to get the ax. Romeo Crennel was fired in 2008, and Eric Mangini lost his job in 2010.
The Browns haven't won more than five games in a season since 2007, and they've only made the playoffs once in the last 14 years.