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Browns Introduce Shurmur: Shurmur, Holmgren and Heckert met with media for 45 minutes Friday. http://bit.ly/f3pLLs
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Shurmur said he will initially call the plays.
Here we go
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Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on January 14th, 2011 AT 10:00 AM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for January 14th from 09:08 to 09:11:
- Akron Beacon Journal – Ridenour: Browns watchers not yet believers – When Pat Shurmur leaves the podium today after his introduction as Browns coach, I hope I'm ready to suit up and play.
- Akron Beacon Journal – Shurmur draws raves – The Browns' search for their new leader started and ended with Pat Shurmur.
- Plain Dealer – Pat Shurmur’s hiring widens NFL agent’s clientele in Cleveland Browns’ offices – The middle man in the Browns' 10-day coaching search was Bob LaMonte, whose influence in Berea now stretches from the team's boardroom to the coach's office.
- Canton Repository – Browns’ new coach has roots in Holmgren’s tree – The potential for disappointment or disaster is self-evident.
- Plain Dealer – Livingston: Wondering if Pat Shurmur is all that different than Eric Mangini – The "In (Insert Name Here) we trust" plan did not really work when Carmen Policy, Butch Davis, Phil Savage and Eric Mangini were calling the shots for the Browns.
Mike Holmgren inspires more faith.
- Plain Dealer – Pluto: Pat Shurmur is not a known quantity, but that doesn’t make him a bad pick – It's hard to get excited about the Browns naming Pat Shurmur as their new head coach.
- Elyria Chronicle Telegram – New coach in town: Holmgren taps Shurmur for Browns job – Smart, organized, diligent.The men who played for and worked with Pat Shurmur chose those words Thursday to describe the 13th full-time coach in Browns history.
- News-Herald – Schudel: Go beyond the numbers when evaluating Pat Shurmur – Mike Holmgren did not wake up the morning after the season ended with a 41-9 loss to the Steelers, look into his cup of coffee for answers and ask the rising steam, "Now what should I do?"
4-3 coming to Cleveland?
Don Delco on January 14th, 2011 AT 8:42 AM
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, who was all over the Pat-Shurmur-to-Cleveland angle, is now being told that Dick Jauron is also being considered for the Browns’ defensive coordinator position. That also means Rob Ryan will not be coming back to Cleveland. Ryan is expected to interview for Dallas’ defensive coordinator job.
Jauron, who spend this past season as the Eagles secondary coach, has always run a 4-3 defense. He has had two stints as a head coach, once with the Bears (1999-2003) and with the Bills (2006-09). He was Jacksonville’s defensive coordinator from 1995-98.
His experience as a head coach in the NFL could help Shurmur adjust to his new role.
If the 4-3 is indeed implemented in Cleveland, the Browns will be in search of defensive line help. Some more linebackers would be nice, too.
Rams Press Release on Shurmur
Barry McBride on January 13th, 2011 AT 8:03 PM
SHURMUR NAMED HEAD COACH OF CLEVELAND BROWNS
St. Louis, Mo. – Pat Shurmur, who served as the Rams’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons, became head coach of the Cleveland Browns Thursday.
“I am very happy for Pat and his family,” Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I very much appreciate Pat and what he has done to help us grow as a team these last two years. I wish him and his family the very best in Cleveland.”
In 2010, the Rams scored 114 more points than they did in 2009, the second best improvement in the NFL last season. In addition, the Rams committed just 21 turnovers in 2010, tied for the ninth-lowest total in the NFL.
“Pat is a very good football coach and has done an excellent job for us,” Rams General Manager Billy Devaney said. “He is deserving of this opportunity and I wish him and his family the best in Cleveland.”
RB Steven Jackson enjoyed 1,000-year seasons in each of Shurmur’s years as the team’s offensive play caller, and Jackson was recently named to his third Pro Bowl. Wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson along with tight ends Daniel Fells and Billy Bajema each posted new career highs in receptions in 2010.
“I knew it would not be long before Coach Shurmur got a head coaching job in this league,” Jackson said. “He was a good coordinator for the Rams and on Sundays, he got the most out of his players and always had us in a position to win the game. Congratulations to Coach Shurmur and his family.”
Shurmur also played a key role in the development of QB Sam Bradford, who set new NFL rookie records for completions and attempts and finished second all-time among NFL rookies with 3,512 passing yards.
“This is a great opportunity for Coach Shurmur,” Bradford said. “I really enjoyed working with him last season and he truly helped my transition from college to the NFL game. I think he will be a really good head coach.”
What They’re Saying About Pat Shurmur
Dave Kolonich on January 13th, 2011 AT 6:38 PM
Below Is a Press Release From the Cleveland Browns:
Browns Cornerback Sheldon Brown
"As a rookie coming into the National Football League (in 2002), he was our quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia. I knew he demanded a lot of respect, for one, Donovan McNabb was the guy that was already established there and Donovan had the utmost respect for Coach Shurmur. He is a sharp guy. He always took notes in meetings and he was one of those guys that (Eagles head coach) Andy (Reid) could depend on to get the guys ready to play, motivate and do well on gamedays. That’s what you are looking for when you are looking for a coach. He kind of reminds me of a guy like (Baltimore Ravens head coach) John Harbaugh, who took a lot of notes, never had enough knowledge and always wanted to learn more. I had a lot of respect for him. He is a hard working guy and I think he will do well."
Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid
"I’m extremely proud of and happy for Pat Shurmur and his family. He is a proven commodity in the NFL and has paid his dues as a successful assistant coach. Pat is smart, very well organized and has a great command and great feel for the ins and outs of the business of pro football. I believe, to a man, all of the players and coaches that have worked with and for Pat Shurmur have the utmost respect for him as a person and as a coach. And I’m right at the top of that list. He’ll do a great job for the city of Cleveland as their head football coach."
Redskins Quarterback Donovan McNabb
"I think it is a great choice for the Cleveland Browns. Pat Shurmur is a hard-working, dedicated and determined individual who demands perfection from all his players. The team will love playing for him."
Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on January 13th, 2011 AT 6:00 PM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for January 13th from 08:08 to 17:12:
- KMOV.com – Browns Hire Shurmur As Coach – Why? – Did you see anything about the Rams offense that was innovative, creative, explosive? I don't think so. The Rams have been predictable, overly conservative, and downright boring to watch on offense.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Shurmur Leaves An Angry Crowd Behind – Pat Shurmur is the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns, leaving behind the Rams and all the angry fans who demanded his dismissal.
- PD – Shurmur Won’t Get The Benefit Of The Doubt In Cleveland – Pat Shurmur can't expect much patience. With the front office that hired him maybe, just not with a tired, disgusted Browns' fan base.
- Baltimore Sun – New Browns’ Coach Has Ties To Harbaugh – The AFC North’s newest coach knows John Harbaugh very well. Pat Shurmur, who was hired by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, spent 10 years together with Harbaugh on the Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching staff (1999-2008). Harbaugh was the Eagles’ special teams coach for a majority of his time in Philadelphia, and Shurmur coached the quarterbacks.
- ESPN – Holmgren Gambles on Shurmur – Thursday's hire of Pat Shurmur as the Browns' next head coach — Cleveland's fifth since 1999 — will make Holmgren look like a genius or a flop as czar in Cleveland.
- WFNY – Some St. Louis Rams Discuss Shurmur – Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo
“I am very happy for Pat and his family. I very much appreciate Pat and what he has done to help us grow as a team these last two years. I wish him and his family the very best in Cleveland.”
- Steubenville Herald-Star – Secret agent man – While Mike Holmgren, president of the Cleveland Browns, will make the final decision regarding the franchise's vacant head coaching position, agent Bob LaMonte holds most of the cards as the team goes in a new direction.
- What’s Gonna Happen – Blowhard Flake’s 2011 NFL Divisional Playoff Picks – I did not just ride in here on a snowflake. I am a snowflake. I am a flake with the best NFL Divisional picks in America.