In this week’s column for Pro Football Weekly, I make the argument that, regardless of what happens the rest of the way, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur belongs in Cleveland until the end of the season.
Here’s an excerpt:
The loss — and his latest questionable maneuver — could not have come at a worse time for Shurmur. Not only was Haslam watching in person, but the bye week gives fans and voracious sports-talk radio personalities plenty of time to cultivate the movement to immediately relieve Shurmur of his coaching duties.
The call to fire Shurmur is strong, but Haslam must remain strong in his conviction. He made it clear that he will not make any personnel decisions until after the season, and that has to include the ones that stick out like a sore thumb.
For Haslam, not only would he already be going back on his word, but in the fairness of true evaluation, he hasn’t been in Cleveland long enough to even make a decision like that.
Be sure to check out the rest of the article here.