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New head of ‘Dawg Pound’

Browns president Mike Holmgren, left, looks on as Pat Shurmur speaks after being announced as head coach. (Associated Press)
Browns president Mike Holmgren, left, looks on as Pat Shurmur speaks after being announced as head coach. (Associated Press)

Browns introduce new coach Shurmur

Pat Shurmur has been introduced as Cleveland’s coach, the fifth in 13 years for the perpetually bad Browns.

Shurmur was hired by Browns president Mike Holmgren despite not having any head coaching experience. Shurmur spent the past two seasons as St. Louis’ offensive coordinator.

He helped develop Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, who led the team to a 7-9 record this season after going 1-15 in 2009.

“Our goal is to win the AFC North, compete in the playoffs and win Super Bowls,” Shurmur said Friday at his introductory news conference.

“We will make all our decisions based on winning.”

The 45-year-old Shurmur may be new to Browns players and fans, but he’s familiar to Cleveland’s front office. He spent eight seasons working in Philadelphia with Browns general manager Tom Heckert.

His late uncle, Fritz, was Holmgren’s defensive coordinator when Green Bay won the Super Bowl in 1996.

The Browns’ coaching carousel has barely stopped since the club’s expansion return in 1999.

Chris Palmer, Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini preceded Shurmur, who inherits a team that went 5-11 the past two seasons.

Shurmur was the first candidate interviewed by Holmgren, who hopes his first head coaching hire will be his last with the Browns.

Around the league

New San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hired away three coaches from his former Stanford staff to join him in the NFL. The 49ers named Greg Roman offensive coordinator, Vic Fangio defensive coordinator and Tim Drevno offensive line coach. … New York Jets backup cornerback Drew Coleman and wide receiver Brad Smith are listed as questionable because of injuries before Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game at New England. Coach Rex Ryan said the players’ availability likely will be determined before game time. … Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Williams is listed as doubtful with an injured left knee for today’s NFC divisional game against the Green Bay Packers. Williams, Atlanta’s primary nickel back was injured in the regular-season finale win over the Carolina Panthers. … The San Diego Chargers hired Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator.


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