In June, when former Eagles president Joe Banner appeared on PFT Live to discuss his plans for the future, he said he intends to land with a team that requires a turnaround.
There’s no way to turnaround the Browns without turning the page on the current regime. And, as reported Saturday night by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, we’re told that’s precisely what will happen promptly after Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh: Both coach Pat Shurmur and G.M. Tom Heckert will become former employees of the franchise.
Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, Banner and new owner Jimmy Haslam won’t be launching an exhaustive nationwide search after cleaning house. Instead, they already have a very focused and narrow list of coach and G.M. candidates, who will be quickly lined up for interviews.
It’s possible, but not probable, that the Browns could have a new coach in place by the end of the week. If that happens, it would remove from the final equation candidates like Josh McDaniels (who will be working for at least one more weekend with the Patriots) and Nick Saban (who has a date with the Irish next Monday night).
Some think that Haslam hopes to make a big splash. Others think Banner will want a coach with less name recognition, which would arguably give Banner more authority over the operation.