PITTSBURGH (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur has heard the rumors and reports and understandably has been irritated by them.
He’s not expected to remain the coach of the team following Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Steelers.
“It’s safe to say there have been rumors since the beginning of training camp,” Shurmur said. “I enjoy doing my job and they were a great group of players to work with.”
Upon returning to the team’s facility in Berea from Pittsburgh Sunday night, Shurmur was captured on video by WJW Fox 8 camera’s loading up his car with boxes presumably with the contents from his office enhancing the speculation that he will be fired Monday.
As of late Sunday night, Shurmur, who has 2 years remaining on his contract, is still scheduled to hold his end of season press conference at 11:30 a.m.
But that could change Monday morning.
Following the game Shurmur did not sound like he was confident that he would be back while firing off a salvo at the media for the rampant speculation.
“I haven’t spoken to Joe Banner or Jimmy Haslam in quite some time,” Shurmur said. “You need to call your league sources.”
Shurmur had a difficult situation to work with in 2 years with the Browns.
He had to wait for a lockout to end before he could install his new system during training camp prior to the 2011 season. This year the team was sold on the first day of camp shifting his focus from being given the year to develop 17 rookies to ultimately being accountable for wins and losses.
A tough spot but part of the business.
The Browns finished 5-11 this year and 9-23 overall in his 2 seasons as coach.
“We didn’t win enough games,” Shurmur said. “I was never really worried about [next year], and I have no regrets.
“What I would say at the end of the season is that the future is bright for that group of [players]. I think the coaches that work with them are oustanding.”
The Browns are just the second team in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to have a rookie lead the team in passing (Brandon Weeden 3,385), rushing (Trent Richardson 950) and receiving yards (Josh Gordon 805) in the same season. Cleveland joins the 1968 Buffalo Bills as the only teams to accomplish that feat.
Owner Jimmy Haslam was not present, which he usually is, during Shurmur’s post game address to the team in the locker room at Heinz Field which several players described as “emotional.”
Shurmur didn’t want to look too far into the future when pressed to do so during his post game remarks. He hopes to be back with the Browns in 2013 but if not, he plans to coach elsewhere.
“I’m looking forward to coaching this team next year if that’s the case,” Shurmur said. “If not, then what I’m going to do is help coach and help inspire a team to win games in some role. I have kids in college. I have mouths to feed, and this is my profession and this is what I choose to do. That’s it. That is how simple it is in my mind.
“I’m not going to play ‘What if.’ Call your league sources. That’s all I can tell you.”