Browns fire Coach Pat Shurmur

December 31, 2012

Pat Shurmur (right) and Mike Tomlin say goodbye Sunday. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

The Cleveland Browns made the first change of the day, firing Coach Pat Shurmur this morning.

The Browns, after a 5-11 season, are also expected to fire General Manager Tom Heckert Jr., as well. The Shurmur news was first reported by Fox’s Jay Glazer.

Jimmy Haslam bought the Browns from Randy Lerner before the season began and hired former Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner to run the team, replacing Mike Holmgren. Holmgren had hired Heckert in 2010 and Shurmur in 2011.

Mike Lombardi of the NFL will be considered for the GM job, Glazer reports. He worked in  Cleveland’s front office from 1987 until Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore after the 1995 season.

Among the names Cleveland reportedly is considering as head coach: Penn State’s Bill O’Brien.

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