Head Coach Pat Shurmur Will Retain Play-Calling Duties for Browns


In an interview with WKNR-AM in Cleveland, Browns president Mike Holmgren confirmed that head coach Pat Shurmur will retain the play-calling duties in 2012.

With the recent hiring of offensive coordinator Brad Childress, many people wondered (or perhaps hoped) that Shurmur would give up the play-calling, but that will not be case, at least not for next season.

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, especially when you consider that Childress did not call his own plays when he was the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2003-05. Both Childress and Shurmur worked together in the Eagles organization.

Childress and Shurmur will attempt to improve upon an offense that was one of the worst in the NFL in 2011. The Browns offense ranked 29th in total yards, 24th in passing yards and 28th in rushing yards.


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  • jmcglynn55

    Shurmur will either sink or swim. In any case, he will decide his own future.

  • MarleneOtto

    you guys are idiots !!! it didnt work last season what makes you think it will work next season….and why in the crap did you hire Childress ?? to stand on the sideline ?? hire someone and then dont let him do his job makes sense to me !!!!!!

  • brownsfanonlifesupport

    What is Holmgren smoking, his socks??? Could Shurmer have done any WORSE of a job calling plays last season??? Game Managent, CLOCK managment is kind of something you either have the knack for or you don’t. HE DONT !!!!! Raise your hand if you want to wiat a few years while he LEARNS the job……. Why SHOULD we wait another DAY after the twelve years of misery we’ve already seen???

    I’m beginning to wonder if Mike has his wife sneak out before the games and lay a few bets against the brownies for him??

  • BP1

    Shurmer should not be doing any play calling. We saw where that got the Browns last year. I hope Childress is truely the brains behind the offense this year other wise it will be a repeat of 2011