On Thursday afternoon, the Browns named Pat Shurmur the 13th full-time head coach in franchise history.
The first-year head coach comes to the Browns from the St. Louis Rams, where he spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator. Prior to his time with the Rams, Shurmur was the tight ends, offensive line and quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2008.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to join an organization with such a rich history and tradition as the Cleveland Browns,” said Shurmur, who is the nephew of the late Fritz Shurmur, a former defensive coordinator with the Green Bay Packers. "I have the utmost respect for Coach (Mike) Holmgren and Tom Heckert and I am impressed with the direction in which they have this franchise going.”
“I am extremely excited about having Pat Shurmur as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” said Team President Mike Holmgren. “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.”
As offensive coordinator in St. Louis, Shurmur spent the 2010 season mentoring the No. 1 draft pick, quarterback Sam Bradford. Under his direction, Bradford completed 354-of-590 attempts for 3,512 yards and 18 touchdowns. His yardage total was second-most ever by a rookie, as only Peyton Manning threw for more yards in his first season, 3,739 in 1998. Bradford also set a rookie record with 174 consecutive attempts without an interception.
Rams running back Steven Jackson gained 1,416 yards in 2009 and two of his three highest seasons in terms of rush yards came under Shurmur’s watch.
During his tenure with the Eagles, Shurmur spent seven seasons as the quarterbacks coach, where he helped Donovan McNabb make three Pro Bowl appearances and a have record-setting year in 2008. Three years ago, McNabb broke Philadelphia’s single-season marks of 345 completions and 3,916 pass yards.
In 2004, McNabb completed 64 percent of his passes, held a 104.7 passer rating and was the first quarterback in NFL history with 30 or more touchdowns and less than ten interceptions.
“I have known Tom (Heckert) for most of my pro coaching career and while we were in Philadelphia, he and I developed an outstanding relationship,” Shurmur said. “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.”
Pat Shurmur Coaching Background:
1988-89 Michigan State University, graduate assistant coach
1990-97 Michigan State University, tight ends/special teams/offensive line coach
1998 Stanford University, offensive line coach
1999-2001 Philadelphia Eagles, tight ends/offensive line coach
2002-08 Philadelphia Eagles, quarterbacks coach
2009-10 St. Louis Rams, offensive coordinator
2011 Cleveland Browns, head coach