Posted October 15, 2012 on AP on Fox
He's been criticized for his play calling, sideline demeanor and dreadful record. Pat Shurmur has been under fire. On Sunday, Cleveland's coach fired back. With key contributions from unexpected players, the Browns put together their best all-around performance in a 34-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals that ended Cleveland's 11-game losing streak and took some pressure off Shurmur, whose job security in his second season was eroding with every loss. ''I'm happy,'' Shurmur said after getting his first win over an AFC North team in nine tries. ''I'm holding it back so I don't appear sensitive. ''That's a joke.'' Shurmur was able to laugh and relax after his young team, which had been competitive but without a win to show for it through five games, finally strung together enough big plays and wasn't going to be denied. ''It's terrific,'' said Shurmur, who improved to 5-17 with the Browns...
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