Shurmur Named Head Coach of Cleveland Browns

Posted Jan 13, 2011

Pat Shurmur, who served as the Rams’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons, became head coach of the Cleveland Browns Thursday.
“I am very happy for Pat and his family,” Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I very much appreciate Pat and what he has done to help us grow as a team these last two years. I wish him and his family the very best in Cleveland.”
In 2010, the Rams scored 114 more points than they did in 2009, the second best improvement in the NFL last season. In addition, the Rams committed just 21 turnovers in 2010, tied for the ninth-lowest total in the NFL.
“Pat is a very good football coach and has done an excellent job for us,” Rams General Manager Billy Devaney said. “He is deserving of this opportunity and I wish him and his family the best in Cleveland.”
RB Steven Jackson enjoyed 1,000-year seasons in each of Shurmur’s years as the team’s offensive play caller, and Jackson was recently named to his third Pro Bowl. Wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson along with tight ends Daniel Fells and Billy Bajema each posted new career highs in receptions in 2010.
"I knew it would not be long before Coach Shurmur got a head coaching job in this league,” Jackson said.  “He was a good coordinator for the Rams and on Sundays, he got the most out of his players and always had us in a position to win the game.  Congratulations to Coach Shurmur and his family."
Shurmur also played a key role in the development of QB Sam Bradford, who set new NFL rookie records for completions and attempts and finished second all-time among NFL rookies with 3,512 passing yards.
“This is a great opportunity for Coach Shurmur,” Bradford said. “I really enjoyed working with him last season and he truly helped my transition from college to the NFL game. I think he will be a really good head coach.”