In the worst kept secret of ‘Black Monday’ around the NFL, the Cleveland Browns have canned head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert.
The futures of Shurmur and Heckert came into question as soon as Jimmy Haslam purchased the Browns from Randy Lerner during the preseason. Haslam hired former Eagles president Joe Banner to oversee the team and replace Mike Holmgren, who named Heckert as his general manager in 2010. Shurmur was hired as head coach the following year.
Banner, Heckert and Shurmur were all with the Eagles during the previous decade. Those ties, though, didn’t help Shurmur or Heckert keep their jobs as Banner seeks to place his own fingerprints on the Browns.
The Browns will move quickly with a search for a new head coach.
University of Alabama coach Nick Saban, University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Penn State University coach Bill O’Brien and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are among the potential head coach candidates on the Browns’ radar, according to reports.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians both former Browns assistant coaches are other potential candidates who could receive interest.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings might pursue Shurmur as an offensive coordinator. He also could reunite with his mentor, coach Andy Reid, at his next stop. The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly fired Reid.