Browns Name Pat Shurmur Head Coach

The Cleveland Browns announced that Pat Shurmur has been hired to be the 13th head coach in franchise history.

"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 released by the team. "I have the utmost respect for Coach Holmgren and Tom Heckert, and I am impressed with the direction in which they have this franchise going."

Shurmur replaces Eric Mangini, who compiled a 10-22 record over two seasons before he was dismissed by President Mike Holmgren after the 2010 season. The Browns will formally introduce Shurmur on Friday morning.

The 44-year old Shurmur has spent the previous two seasons as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator. Prior to that, Shurmur spent ten seasons coaching the tight ends and then quarterbacks on Andy Reid's coaching staff with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I am extremely excited about having Pat Shurmur as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns," Browns President Mike Holmgren said. "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."

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