Winners & Losers as Cleveland Browns Fire Coach Pat Shurmur, GM Tom Heckert
Major changes are imminent in Cleveland, as the Browns have fired head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert.
So, with an organizational overhaul underway, who are the winners and losers for the Cleveland Browns?
Winner: Joe Banner/Jimmy Haslam
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Team owner Jimmy Haslam made the decision to fire Pat Shurmur and Tom Heckert. Therefore, the Browns' new owner is a winner in his scenario.
Now, Haslam and team CEO Joe Banner—the man who worked financial magic in Philadelphia for years—have their chance to pick "their guys" to start a fresh era in Cleveland, both at the general manager and head coach spot.
Loser: Brandon Weeden
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Brandon Weeden had a firm grasp on the starting quarterback position with Shurmur and Heckert still employed by the Browns.
Now, there's a chance he'll be in a competition to keep his job in 2013.
The 2012 first-round pick was far from terrific during a year when rookie quarterbacks made countless headlines across the league, but he wasn't atrocious either.
Still, new management and a new coach could be looking to draft "their guy" come next April.
After only one season as Cleveland's starter, it's rather unlikely that Weeden is automatically sent to the sidelines next year. However, a shift in the front office and coaching staff certainly doesn't help his future.
Winner: The Fans
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After a decade to forget in Cleveland, Browns fans deserve to see a winner.
Their team has made the playoffs once since 1995, and a quarterback carousel has dominated this era of futility for the organization.
With Haslam and Banner in place, the sense of hope should be warranted for the members of the Dawg Pound and Browns fans everywhere.
Loser: Greg Little
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Greg Little was drafted by the Shurmur/Heckert regime, and he has been generally underwhelming during his time as one of the Browns' primary receivers.
His targets, receptions and receiving yards decreased in 2012 from rather pedestrian numbers in 2011, but he did increase his touchdown total.
With Josh Gordon emerging as the team's true No. 1 guy as well as new general manager and coach in 2013, the firing of Shurmur and Heckert does not benefit Little's future.