Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/19/14

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Cleveland Browns plan on firing both head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert at the end of the season. Alabama coach Nick Saban has been saying he isn’t leaving the program, but some NFL executives are less than convinced, and the Cleveland Browns in particular are prepared to vie for his services. The Browns intend to part with coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert at the end of the regular season, according to league sources, and new owner Jimmy Haslam has Saban very high on his list. Haslam — a major booster at the University of Tennessee — is quite familiar with Saban’s prowess in the SEC, and Mike Lombardi, a top candidate for the Browns front office, has strong ties to Saban going back to when they worked in Cleveland on Bill Belichick’s staff. One source who has been in contact with Saban estimated that it’s “80/20 he stays” at Alabama, but no one expects to hear definitively until after the school faces Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship on Jan. 7. At the end of his last stint in the NFL, as head coach of the Dolphins in 2005-06, Saban notoriously told reporters “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach” less than two weeks before being named to the helm of the Crimson Tide program. The Browns are among the teams high on Chip Kelly as well, but if they go with a coach from the pro ranks, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would be a strong candidate, sources said. McDaniels is an Ohio native and the Browns are looking for ways to energize their offense. The defense has made progress of late but the new regime in Cleveland remains anything but sold on 2012 first-round pick Brandon Weeden as their quarterback. Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })(); sr_adspace_id = 1000005525107; sr_adspace_width = 300; sr_adspace_height = 250; sr_ad_new_window = true; sr_adspace_type = "graphic";

3 Comments:
  • Yes! Another wasted rebuiold effort... there is talent in Cleveland, but Shurmur is so caught up in the trees, he forgot to pay attention to the forest. Hopefully, Cleveland gets a real QB or gives McCoy another shot. Weeden is a bust.
  • OK,Let's get this straight!...The Browns get a hasbeen QB and put him in the rotation.They had a good QB in Colt,and did not stay with him...just the way they did to Brady Quin.Seems to me they always think the grass is greener!!Don't get me wrong guys,I have been a huge Browns fan even as a kid groing up in Ont. Canada!My best football teams were and still are the Browns and the Toronto Argonauts!! Get rid of Weeden and put Colt back in!!He is the best you got!!...use him!!
  • thats kinda tunnel vision trapper.follow the $. the new ownership inc.wants to transfer our Browns permanently.you are assessing from the bottom up.Look at what the new owner is really up to.remember that movie "major leauge"?.I strongly believe that our team has been sabatoged to fail.Check it out from the top down.They even have fans turning on Josh Cribbs.nothing personal friend,but i think Cleveland area fans have been duped again by a bunch of wealthy schlicks.
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