Pat Shurmur: Can Rams Offensive Coordinator Get the Job Done in Cleveland?
Pat Shurmur is going to be the fifth head coach the Cleveland Browns have had since they returned to the NFL in 1999. Multiple media outlets are reporting that the St. Louis Rams' offensive coordinator will be named the team's head coach in a press conference on Friday.
"It's an honor and a privilege to join an organization with such a rich history and tradition as the Cleveland Browns," Shurmur said. "I have the utmost respect for Coach Holmgren and Tom Heckert, and I am impressed with the direction in which they have this franchise going."
Shurmur faces an uphill battle in Cleveland, though, as the woebegone franchise has had just one playoff appearance since returning to the league in 1999, and finished each of the last two seasons with a 5-11 record.
However, he has experience running the west coast style offense preferred by team president Mike Holmgren, and helped to turn former Eagle Donovan McNabb into one of the league's elite quarterbacks during his tenure with the team. He was chosen because of his work with quarterbacks in Philly and St. Louis, as the Browns have Colt McCoy to develop at quarterback.
In short, while we don't know what Shurmur can do as head coach, he's shown the ability to turn promise into production from quarterbacks, which is what the Browns need.
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