July 24, 2014

Glazer, Mortensen reporting Shurmur and Heckert have been fired

The worst kept secret in Berea is that Head Coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert will be fired.

Jay Glazer and Craig Mortensen are now reporting that the pair have been let go and the team will make an announcement at 9:45 this morning to make the firings official.

The Browns were 9-23 in two seasons under the 47-year-old Shurmur. His status became tenuous once new owner Jimmy Haslam III took over the team and president Mike Holmgren exited the organization.

FoxSports.com earlier reported Shurmur’s dismissal. The Browns have a Monday morning news conference scheduled.

In his first season as coach, Shurmur didn’t have an offseason to get to know his players, much less install an offense, because of the lockout. In his second season, he started three rookies on offense, including quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson.

“We felt that these moves were in the best interests of the Cleveland Browns and our future,” said Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam. “I enjoyed getting to know Tom and Pat over the past several months, and want to thank them, not just for their contributions to the Browns, but also the insight they were able to provide. They are both fine men and hope they have the best of success as they move forward with their careers.”

“This decision was not an easy one because of my relationship with Tom and Pat and the fact that they are both quality people,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “Ultimately our objective is to put together an organization that will be the best at everything we do. On the field, our only goal is trying to win championships. I have a great deal of respect Tom and Pat, and I want to wish them and their families nothing but the best.”

Stay glued to WFNY today for more details as they emerge.

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  • Harv 21

    Happy freaking new year Tom Heckert, and thanks for playing.
    :-(

  • EdgewaterJoe

    And the Anybody but Mike Lombardi Watch begins — oh, please let him notice the Jets have a GM slot open!

  • Tron

    I would give this 100000x likes if I could

  • maxfnmloans

    Thank you Tom Heckert for your good work. You inherited a roster that was on “E” as far as talent level, and while all of your moves may not have been perfect, you certainly made more good than bad. In the end, that’s nothing to sneeze at. Lots of GM’s around the league have trouble accomplishing even that level of success (cough…Mike Lombardi in Oakland…cough)

    Whoever they hire to oversee the roster, I hope they understand that there is real talent on this roster, and it is not in need of a complete overhaul. And please, don’t switch to a 3-4.

  • Jason Mumaw

    Now begins the scary roller coaster between optimism and fear. Please please please find a young offensive mind with a personality, wrap your arms around him as an organization, and build a winner. WE DESERVE IT!

  • WFNY_DP

    Tom Heckert should have no problem finding work in 2013. Not so fast, Pat Shurmur.

  • cmm13

    I AM IN UTTER SHOCK AND DISBELIEF.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Thanks for playing, enjoy your millions in parting gifts. I wonder who pays them Lerner or Haslam?