Pat Shurmur Hiring
Well the Browns finally have that offensive guy that they were looking for. Like expected, he’s a West Coast guy. Someone familiar with general manager Tom Heckert from his days with the Eagles. The hiring makes sense in that aspect.
Nonetheless, I think this coaching search was poorly orchestrated. Only three coaches were interviewed. Whatever happened to this “wide search” that Holmgren promised? This early hiring reminds me of when owner Randy Lerner quickly hired Eric Mangini to get the coaching search over with in 2009. Similar to Mangini, nobody was likely to hire Shurmer, so why not at least interview other guys and explore the options?
Another question is whether Pat Shurmer is even qualified for the position. In his two seasons as Rams offensive coordinator, his offense ranked only 26th and 29th. How much of Bradford’s development is on him we don’t know. That seems to be their selling point though, that he was the guy behind his success. He also worked as an assistant in Philadelphia for ten seasons. Again, how much of their offensive success did he contribute? They have had lots of other good offensive minds there including head coach Andy Reid, former offensive coordinator Brad Childress, and current offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinwheg.
Former players of the Eagles that played on his team like Donovon McNabb and Sheldon Brown have endorsed the hiring. Then again, what are they going to say? They’re not going to throw a former coach in front of the bus.
This could work. He might be a golden gem that was hidden on the Rams coaching staff. Hopefully the result will be similar to Mike Smith and Sean Payton. Our only option is to just trust Holmgren on this and hope it works. None of us know what we’re getting. I just question his credentials.
It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out. The pressure will be on Holmgren. I think if we’d kept Mangini, we would have still been a playoff contender next year. Two years from now, will us fans in Cleveland be calling Holmgren the “Big Show?” Or the “Big Disappointment?” This decision will likely be his defining point.
There are talks that we’ll bring in former Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt as defensive coordinator. I wasn’t a fan of his as an NFL head coach, although I think he did fine the last couple years with the Pitt Panthers. It would be interesting though to see if he can contribute success as a coordinator again. He was great with the Cowboys back in the nineties. I’d welcome it. I don’t think he’d do any worse than Rob Ryan.
This will be my last Browns article until probably April. I’ll be back to write for all of next season. Until then, I’ll be writing articles for the NASCAR Sprint Cups Series. Hope you get the chance to check them out.
Go Browns! Hopefully somebody stops the Steelers…
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Written by Joseph Hopkins
I write on here for the Cleveland Browns and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Favorite sports teams: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Michigan Wolverines, Hendrick Motorsports, Team Red Bull, and Jeff Gordon and the #24 Drive to End Hunger Team.