The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday that Pat Shurmur will be the 13th head coach in team history. There will be an 11 a.m. press conference Friday in the Dino Lucarelli Media Center.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to join an organization with such a rich history and tradition as the Cleveland Browns,” said Shurmur, in a team press release. “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. 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.”
Shurmur, 45, has spent 12 of his 23 seasons coaching football in the NFL. In those 12 seasons, the Browns said, Shurmur has been apart of teams that have qualified for the playoffs seven times, won five divisions crowns and appeared in one Super Bowl.
Shurmur was one of three people who interviewed for the Browns head coaching job since Eric Mangini was fired on Jan. 3. New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Malarkey also interviewed.
In 1999, Shurmur began his career in the NFL as the Philadelphia Eagles tight ends and offensive line coach. From 2002-08, he became the Eagles quarterbacks coach and during that time Donovan McNabb went to three Pro Bowls. The last two seasons Shurmur was the offensive coordinator in St. Louis.
“I am extremely excited about having Pat Shurmur as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” said Browns President Mike Holmgren in a team press release. “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.”
Shurmur worked closely with Rams quarterback Sam Bradford this past season. Bradford set the NFL rookie records for completions (354) and attempts (590) while his 3,512 passing yards were second-most by a rookie in league history. Despite Bradford’s success and the Rams improving their record for 1-15 to 7-9, Shurmur did draw criticism in St. Louis for being too conservative.
Shurmur is a native of Dearborn, Mich. He attended Divine Child High School and was a four-year letterman at Michigan State where he played tight end, linebacker and offensive line. Shurmur comes from a football background. His uncle, the late Fritz Shurmur, coached in the NFL for 24 years and served as the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator from 1994-98 and helped that club win two NFC Championships and Super Bowl XXXI.
Born April 14, 1965, Pat and his wife, Jennifer, have four children, daughters Allyson, Erica and Claire, and a son, Kyle.