The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that league sources inform her that the Cleveland Browns will indeed be parting ways with head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert following tomorrow’s regular season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
When Haslam agreed to buy the team in August and Banner took over in October, it was almost a foregone conclusion that the two would want to hit the ground running with their own people. Banner made it clear in an interview with The Plain Dealer in November that he had excellent candidates in mind at all positions to take the Browns to a championship level.
He also stressed that he wouldn’t be one to stock the Browns with people he’s worked with before, and that he’d rely on all the relationships he’d developed over the years.
Heading into today’s game, Heckert and Shurmur both knew they’d be gone afterward even though they hadn’t been informed yet, sources said.
Mary Kay points out that the last two regimes (Romeo Crennel and Phil Savage in 2008 and Eric Mangini in 2010) were both dismissed following a Pittsburgh finale as well.
Shurmur is 9-22 in his two seasons as Browns head coach heading into the finale. Heckert has added the likes of Joe Haden, T.J. Ward, Phil Taylor, Jabaal Sheard, Greg Little, Trent Richardson, Josh Gordon, and Mitchell Schwartz to the roster to name a few over the course of three drafts.