Baskin's Blog: If Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur goes down swinging

CLEVELAND - You often hear this: "we all know this sport is a business." And it doesn't matter what sport it is. Reality is that no matter how many rookies or injuries a team may have, head coaches with new owners need wins to stick around.

In the case of the Cleveland Browns, it's not looking like five victories for a season is enough.

During head coach Pat Shurmur's news conference following the Sunday loss in Pittsburgh to the Steelers, Shurmur didn't want to discuss what was said in the locker room to his players. It's a rule he's stood by since day one.

"I have not spoken to Joe (Banner) or Jimmy (Haslam) in quite some time," was Shurmur's response when asked about his future.

Before the game, Shurmur said, "I asked my players to spend three more hours doing what they love to do."

But after the game, reality of what could be the future set in. Shurmur told the media what he knows is his schedule for the next 24 hours. He never mentioned meetings with upper management.

"We didn't win enough games... I've got no regrets," explained Shurmur following the rivalry loss. He made it very clear that the line of communication seemed slim with his bosses.

The reality of the business is harsh. In a world of class, the Browns would have some sort of an open line of communication with Shurmur. It doesn't appear that has happened. The fact that Shurmur, or even worse, and his family found out that his days are officially over from a media report isn't exactly the high road. It would appear that's not an attractive procedure to any future coach. But, that doesn't really matter when you someone offers you a one of only 32 jobs in the NFL.

Shurmur made it clear, with a repeat of his parting shot, that "I haven't spoken with Jimmy or Joe. You need to check with your league sources."

Those "league sources" are saying Shurmur is gone.

Browns fans, here we go... again. More change is on the way. In a franchise that longs for any consistency, inconsistency is the only constant. That and looking for a playoff win. It's two things Browns fans are used to getting every year.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

Related Stories

Cleveland Browns sign free agent quarterback Jason Campbell Cleveland Browns sign free agent quarterback Jason Campbell

NewsChannel5 Sports Director Andy Baskin confirmed the Browns have signed free agent quarterback Jason Campbell.

Report: Browns Report: Browns 'closing in' on deal with Ravens free agent linebacker Paul Kruger

The Browns may be on the verge of inking one of their top free agent targets, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Browns promote Mike Lombardi to general manager Browns promote Mike Lombardi to general manager

The Cleveland Browns have changed Mike Lombardi's title to general manager.

Cleveland Browns get rid of personal seat licenses, offer season tickets without PSL Cleveland Browns get rid of personal seat licenses, offer season tickets without PSL

The Browns will not increase season ticket prices for the fifth straight year, and the Browns will not require PSLs for future season tickets. Current PSL owners will retain PSL benefits.

Ravens Ravens' Joe Flacco reaches 'elite' level as Super Bowl MVP; Browns set for quarterback competition

As Joe Flacco hoisted his first Lombardi Trophy and entered 'elite' territory Sunday, the Browns remain without their guy at quarterback, unless you think Brandon Weeden is going to become that.

Cleveland Browns hire ex-Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton Cleveland Browns hire ex-Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton

The Cleveland Browns officially hired recently-released Arizona Cardinals Ray Horton as defensive coordinator.

Former Browns executive Mike Lombardi returning to team as Vice President of Player Personnel Former Browns executive Mike Lombardi returning to team as Vice President of Player Personnel

An old face is joining the Cleveland Browns' new regime. Michael Lombardi, a member of the Browns' front office from 1987-1996, has been hired as the team's Vice President of Player Personnel.

Browns name Norv Turner offensive coordinator Browns name Norv Turner offensive coordinator

Norv Turner will lead the Browns offense under new head coach Rob Chudzinski, the team announced Thursday.

Raheem Morris to interview with Browns for defensive coordinator opening Raheem Morris to interview with Browns for defensive coordinator opening

The Browns coordinator interviews continue this week. The Washington Post reports that Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris will interview with the Browns.

New-look Browns hire 2 executive VPs New-look Browns hire 2 executive VPs

The Browns have hired a pair of executive vice presidents, filling out their front office under new owner Jimmy Haslam.