Pat Shurmur Becomes Head Coach for the Cleveland Browns: The Right Hand of Holmgren

The Cleveland Browns recently hired Pat Shurmur, the former offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.  He should be a good hire, as he can prime Colt McCoy into a better quarterback.

The Browns have most of the offensive cogs in place, but former head coach Eric Mangini could not find ways to better exploit their talents in the closing games of his tenure.  Although Browns running back Peyton Hillis was battling injuries late in the season, his rushing plummeted following the Carolina Panthers game in week 12.  He had 131 yards and 3 touchdowns in that game and fell to 13 yards in the last regular season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The hope for Shurmer, Colt McCoy, was contending with Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme before finally chosen as starter.  However, his statistics were dropping also.  During the close of the regular season, he had a 132.6 quarterback rating against the Cincinnati Bengals to a sad 41.6 quarterback rating against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  If he can work with McCoy, he may be able to develop him into another Sam Bradford.

However, the Browns still have a problem on defense, as it still ranks the bottom overall in the regular season. The potential hiring of Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave as new offensive coordinator won’t resolve that problem.  With the loss of their former offensive coordintor Brian Daboll to the Miami Dolphins won’t help things either.

Pat Shurmer still has work cut out for him.  However, the Cleveland Browns have not been as aggressive and quickly in hiring as the Carolina Panthers.  They missed a great defensive coordinator in Sean McDermott who could have improved their defense.  However, hiring Eagles secondary coach Dick Jauron or former Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt are good secondary choices.  Pat Shurmer is the right hand the Mike Holmgren, and with the recent firings of head coaches in 2010, Shurmur will be on a short leash next season, should the Browns not improve drastically.

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