(Eds: With AP Photos.) By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Pat Shurmur sure must be secure in his abilities.
A first-time head coach now in his second season leading the Cleveland Browns, Shurmur comes from a coaching family with a strong NFL resume. He has created what he considers another family of his own by hiring three former head coaches on his staff: Brad Childress, Dick Jauron and Ray Rhodes.
And he works for one of the most successful coaches in recent NFL history, Browns President Mike Holmgren.
It can be a tricky dynamic. Should things go sour - Cleveland was only 4-12 in Shurmur's debut season - there are experienced replacements at the ready.
Not an issue, the 47-year-old Shurmur says.
''I don't feel threatened at all,'' says Shurmur, who had 12 years as a pro assistant, including two as Rams offensive coordinator, before taking on the challenge of rebuilding the Browns (No. 30 in the AP Pro32). ''It's smart to use all of the resources you have, and these coache...