In the Sporting News’ recent publication which ranked the 32 head coaches in the National Football League, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur is slotted 26th overall.
In the list topped by New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, Shurmur betters only Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier, Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano, Indianapolis’ Chuck Pagano, Miami’s Joe Philbin, Oakland’s Dennis Allen, and New Orleans interim head coach Joe Vitt. Of this group, only Frazier has NFL experience as the bulk is made of first-year head coaches.
Shurmur, hand-picked by team president Mike Holmgren, will enter his second season with the Browns, having amassed a 4-12 record in 2011. His rookie head coaching campaign was rife with mental gaffes and controversy after the team lost multiple games due to blunders as well the well-discussed issue of redeploying a concussed Colt McCoy into the final minutes of a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Largely stunted by a shortened off-season and a complete overhaul of the team’s playbook, Shurmur — armed with a new slate of draft selections — feels that his second season with the team will provide improvement to an offense that was among the worst in the NFL.
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