Cleveland Browns Head Coach Search: Pat Shurmur Is Looking Like Wildcard Choice

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Cleveland Browns Head Coach Search: Pat Shurmur Is Looking Like Wildcard Choice

The Cleveland Browns were the first to fire a head coach on "Black Monday," which is the day after the 2010 NFL season ended when they fired Eric Mangini.

With many names on team president Mike Holmgren's list of candidates, one name really stands out and that is current St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Browns fans might be thinking, "Who the heck is that and why is he an option?"

Fans have the right to be concerned with other head coaching names being thrown around that are more widely known, like Jon Gruden, John Fox, Mike Sherman and, of course, Bill Cohwer, to name a few.

Shurmur is the wildcard though.

He is an offensive minded coach, has been the Rams' offensive coordinator (OC) the past two seasons and he has helped develop former 2010 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Sam Bradford, into one of the brightest young talents in the NFL in 2010.

He could probably do the same for Colt McCoy, who really needs the right coach to help his continued development along with getting him more weapons. 

But that's the thing, Bradford didn't really have prominent weapons at his disposal outside of running back Steven Jackson and receiver Mark Clayton, before he went down due to injury, and Bradford really shined, throwing for over 3,500 yards with 18 touchdowns and a 76 quarterback rating.

Not bad for a rookie starter in this league.

Also to note, Shurmur helped make a bunch of unknown receivers step up all their games to produce decent results for the Rams' offense as well. 

The Browns could use some of that motivation with their receivers, along with an addition or two as well.

Getting back to Shurmur, he is the nephew of former Holmgren defensive coordinator with the Green Bay Packers, Fritz Shurmur.

Along with having ties to the Holmgren tree through his uncle, Shurmur also worked under Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who himself was a Holmgren underling in Green Bay.

Holmgren deeply values and trusts Reid's opinion when it comes to coaches and football in general and if Reid gives Holmgren a great review of Shurmur, then it could be a done deal.

Is Shurmur the next Browns head coach?

A little patience is needed before making this assumption, but it looks like Shurmur fits the mold of a coach that Holmgren is looking for, which is a younger coach (Shurmur is 45) that is offensive minded and can be molded into Holmgren's own image as a head coach.

Sounds like a good match.

In closing, Browns fans may be concerned about bringing on another coordinator to be the head coach, but remember that when the Eagles hired Reid, he was only a position coach and never a coordinator in his career before becoming the head coach.

It is more about the coach himself, not about his experience, seeing as how whoever the Browns pick will be able to feed off of Holmgren's past experiences in the position.

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(Also posted on Dawg Scooper: A Cleveland Browns Source)

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