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Browns Fire Pat Shurmur, Start Over...Again!

Story By: Jeff Alan



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  Original Published: 12/31/2012

The Cleveland Browns on Monday fired their head coach Pat Shurmur after two seasons and a 9-23 record.  Shurmur coached his final game for Cleveland in Pittsburgh with a 24-10 loss to the Steelers as Cleveland lost it's chance to sweep their rivals from the east for the first time since 1988.  The team also fired GM Tom Heckert.  New owner Jimmy Haslem, who officially took control of the team at mid season, replaced Mike Holmgren with Joe Banner in the front office and is expected to make a big hire.  Wether or not that happens remains to be seen.  One of the speculations for new head coach of the Browns is current head coach at Penn State Bill O'Brien, who was Big Ten Coach of the Year after taking over a program that was scandal ridden and guiding them to a record of 8-4.

For the Browns, the organization will be starting all over again with the team's sixth head coach since 1999, not counting interim coaches.  The Browns merry-go-round of coaches is as follows, Chris Palmer (1999-2000), Butch Davis (2001-'04), Romeo Crennel (2005-'08), Eric Mangini (2009-'10), Pat Shurmur (2011-'12).  Since 1999, the team has had two winning seasons 2002 (9-7), wildcard playoff loss to Pittsburgh 36-33, and 2007 (10-6).  Since 2008, the Browns have combined record of 23-57 and have finished no better than 5-11. 

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