Tag:Pat Shurmur
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: January 31, 2011 2:28 pm

Browns may skip out on an offensive coordinator

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Cleveland Browns have spent weeks searching for a replacement for fired offensive coordinator Brain Daboll. Sounds like they’ve made their decision. The new OC? No one.

Many suspected that former University of Miami assistant Mark Whipple would get the OC job. But with Whipple being named Cleveland’s new quarterback coach, the thinking now is that offensive coordinator position could go unfilled.

This is not unprecedented. Todd Haley did not have an offensive coordinator his first year in Kansas City. Wade Phillips, a defensive guru, did not have a defensive coordinator during the latter half of his stint in Dallas.

The Browns’ first-time head coach Pat Shurmur, who served as the offensive in St. Louis under Steve Spagnuolo, is calling the plays either way. With that being known, few if any prominent offensive assistants will want what amounts to a low-level job.

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:32 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 9:29 pm

Even more thoughts on Fisher

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here are some Fisher follow-up thoughts:

-  Just got finished doing Toronto radio, and host Bryan Hayes asked me about what Fisher will do this year. The more I talked while answering the question, the more it made sense that Fisher will not work at all.

There’s absolutely no reason for him to go to Philadelphia as the Eagles defensive coordinator, and as Foxsports.com is reporting, Fisher is going to get $8 million in 2011 not to coach Tennessee (though the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt says that number is greatly exaggerated and that the real buyout is maybe half that). At this point, why not just play golf and let your money grow in a safe investment strategy? Take a year off to recharge the batteries and see what's available in 2012.

- How in demand is Fisher going to be in 2012? Let’s see, an experienced, well-respected head coach and a guy who’s taken his team to the Super Bowl. I’d say pretty in demand.

If this year was the year of coordinators getting head coaching jobs (Ron Rivera in Carolina, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland, Hue Jackson in Oakland), 2012 could be the return of coaching big-wigs (Fisher, Jon Gruden, maybe Bill Cowher).

For teams that will have coaches on the hot seat – I’m looking at you Miami, Cincinnati, Houston, Jacksonville and San Diego – they could have a nice roster of potential new hires (if they’re willing to shell out the money, of course).

- Some player reaction has begun to filter in, including this wonderful quote from DE Jason Babin, who was upset when defensive line coach Jim Washburn left and who sent Rapid Reporter Bob McClellan this text message from the Pro Bowl in Hawaii:

 “It broke my heart when ‘Wash(burn)’ left and now they just poured salt on it. I’m going to miss that mullet.”

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Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:01 pm

Shurmur introduced as Browns coach

Pat Shurmur was introduced as the Denver coach today (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

At first glance, new Browns coach Pat Shurmur doesn’t seem like much of a joker. In his introductory news conference this morning, he came across as controlled and matter-of-fact.

But when a reporter asked him if he would continue running the 3-4 defense or if he would move to a 4-3 defense, the former Rams offensive coordinator Shurmur responded, “There’s a defense?”

Other than that mildly amusing line, Shurmur seemed ready just to get started, saying, “I can’t wait to get off this dais and get to the task of assembling a staff.”

Though he didn’t get into specifics about potential coaches, it doesn’t seem likely Cleveland’s highest-profile assistant coach, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, will stick around. Particularly since he might be headed to Dallas anyway.

A few highlights from Shurmur’s presser:

  • “You dream of the opportunity to be part of an organization such as this. ... As you talk about our team and the goals for this team, it’s very simple: our goal is to win the AFC North, to compete in the playoffs and win Super Bowls. Anything we talk about that doesn’t relate to winning, we’re getting distracted.”
  • Shurmur said he initially would be the one to call the plays on offense: “That really is the fun part for an offensive coach.”
  • On his potential starting QB: "Very impressed wth Colt McCoy. I think he has the skill set and the skills and abilities to be a fine player in this league"
  • Team president Mike Holmgren said new Broncos coach John Fox was on the list of candidates, but in the end, he wanted a coach with a background in offense.
  • And a bonus quote from Holmgren: "You just can’t keep changing things around here every two years. You can’t do that. My hope and prayer is that the changes stop and the growing and building begins. We took some strides last year. My hope is that this will be the coach for a long, long time.”

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Posted on: January 14, 2011 11:15 am
Edited on: January 14, 2011 11:16 am

Hot Routes 1.14.11: Breaking down Lynch

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The Seattle Times breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s now-famous 67-yard TD run vs. the Saints. All eleven Seahawks who were on the field for that play were interviewed for this story. Good stuff if you like to know the inside scoop of what was happening during a specific play.
  • Speaking of Fox, at least one of his former players in Carolina said the Broncos will love their new head coach.
  • Fox Sports’ Adam Caplan breaks down where Cam Newton will go in the 2011 NFL Draft.
  • Terrell Suggs resumed his regular Tom Brady bashing on Sirius Mad Dog Radio Thursday. Of Brady’s three Super Bowl rings Suggs said, “He’s got the tuck rule incident and you got the videotaping of other teams’ practices. It’s like “Oh, OK what’s going on here?’"
  • NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reports that former Bills coach Dick Jauron will get a look at becoming Pat Shurmur’s defensive coordinator in Cleveland.
  • The drug charges against former Chargers safety Kevin Ellison have been dropped, and now he’s hoping he can return to the NFL and “show teams who I am again.” Apparently, he’s NOT the kind of guy who walks around with 100 Vicodin pills in his pocket without a prescription.

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Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: January 14, 2011 12:18 am

Josh McDaniels could now be on St. Louis' radar

Posted by Andy Benoit

With every head coaching vacancy filled sans the Raiders’ (of course), the most interesting coaching move question now becomes, Where will Josh McDaniels go? It has long been assumed that the fJ. McDaniels (US Presswire)ormer Broncos head coach would wind up as the offensive coordinator in Minnesota. (Darrell Bevell is technically still on the payroll, though he has been told to look for work elsewhere in 2011.)

McDaniels interviewed with Leslie Frazier & Co. at Winter Park last week. But Frazier’s hiring process has been somewhat diligent (euphemism for slow). As Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune points out, the Browns’ hiring of Pat Shurmur as head coach on Thursday has now opened up St. Louis as another potential landing spot for McDaniels.

Hiring McDaniels would mean forcing young franchise quarterback to learn a new system (the Rams ran a West Coast offense under Shurmur; McDaniels operates what could best be described as a shotgun spread passing game). If the Rams wanted to keep Bradford in the West Coast, they could give former Vikings head coach Brad Childress a look. Childress and Steve Spagnuolo are good friends. 

It's worth noting that Childress recently interviewed for the vacant Dolphins offensive coordinator job. The other offensive coordinator job that is open is in Kansas City, though it’s doubtful that any aspiring head coach (McDaniels especially) will want to go work for Todd Haley.

Of the available offensive coordinator jobs, St. Louis is now the most attractive. The Rams are led by a defensive coach, so whoever oversees the offense would have near autonomy. The only other job with that particular appeal is Minnesota, which doesn't come with a blossoming franchise quarterback.

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 12:55 pm

Browns hire Pat Shurmur as head coach

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Browns have officially announced that they’ve hired Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmer as their next head coach.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to join an organization with such a rich history and tradition as the Cleveland Browns,” Shurmur said in a statement.  “I have the utmost respect for Coach (Mike) Holmgren and Tom Heckert, and I am impressed with the direction in which they have this franchise going.  I have known Tom for most of my pro coaching career, and while we were in Philadelphia, he and I developed an outstanding relationship.  I want to thank Mike and Tom, as well as Randy Lerner, for this tremendous opportunity.  I also want to thank the St. Louis Rams and Steve Spagnuolo for two terrific seasons and for giving me a chance to be a coordinator at this level.  I am looking forward to this challenge and can’t wait to get started in helping to build the Browns back to one of the elite teams in the NFL.”

Said Holmgren, team president: “I am extremely excited about having Pat Shurmur as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Pat is a bright, young man who grew up in football and around the coaching profession.  I came away from our interview very impressed with him as a person, his extensive knowledge of the game and his track record of success as an assistant coach in this league. Most importantly, I feel as though he possesses the necessary qualities which make him the right man to lead our football team.”

In Shurmur, the Browns get an experienced veteran who helped turn around a 1-15 Rams squad and helped them become a team which, shockingly, was only one game – and one victory over the Seahawks - away from making the postseason as the NFC West champs.

The play of rookie QB Sam Bradford was impressive this year, so Shurmur gets credit for that. Overall, the Rams ranked 26th in the NFL in total offense (25th in rushing and 21st in passing). In 2009, St. Louis was No. 29, so props for a little improvement.

Shurmur officially will be introduced Friday at 11 a.m.

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 11:43 am

Hot Routes 1.13.10: Orange ties are always in

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • John Fox brought an orange tie to his interview with the Broncos on Wednesday. And after getting delayed by weather twice earlier this week, Fox finally actually made it to Denver. So, what separates him from the other Broncos candidates? "I've been doing it. I have a plan, whether it's a bye week schedule, a training camp schedule. It's not my first rodeo, so to speak," Fox told the Associated Press. "So, I think I do have a blueprint to do it. We've had success, some years more than others. But you know the full body of work I think holds a blueprint for success."
  • And while we’re talking about Polamalu, the NY Times does a nice job on the spiritual side of the guy with the best hair in the league.
  • The Steelers Lounge caught up with Merril Hoge about this weekend’s Steelers-Ravens game.

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:27 pm

Checking in on Browns' coaching search

Posted by Andy Benoit

At the end of the BCS National Championship, Mike Tirico asked his Monday Night Football and (for that night) radio partner Jon Gruden if he would return to coaching in 2011. “No, I’ll be back with you,” Gruden said.

Gruden ostensibly wants to watch his high school senior son play one more year of football. His son said a few months ago that the plan for his dad was to return to coaching in 2012 and take either the 49ers or Browns job.

Obviously, those jobs will almost certainly not be available now. The Niners gave Jim Harbaugh a five-year, $25 million contract last week. As for the Browns…

Whispers around the NFL are that Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the leading candidate. Prior to joining the Rams in 2009, Shurmur spent 10 years as an offensive assistant in Philadelphia. The Eagles run a West Coast style system that Mike Holmgren prefers (and likely requires).

Another offensive-minded head coach in the mix is Mike Mularkey. The Falcons offensive coordinator interviewed for the job on Saturday (the Browns visited him in Atlanta). But according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the process was rushed (Mularkey sort of had a lot on his plate – you know, with the playoffs and everything).

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has also interviewed, and there are rumblings about former Bears/Dolphins/Pitt Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt. It is believed that Wannstedt is not necessarily a head coaching candidate, but rather, a possibility as a defensive coordinator.

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