Tag:Mike Holmgren
Posted on: March 18, 2011 6:28 pm

Hot Routes 3.18.11: Waiting for Goodell

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Will Brinson

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  • This actually has nothing to do with the NFL, but a local sports reporter almost got run over by an SUV (backing up, at slow speed) midway through a live report. It's pretty amazing.
  • We absolutely love that former Bengals draft bust Akili Smith is defending former Auburn QB Cam Newton from comparisons that he's similar to, you know, Akili Smith. "I'm nowhere near the athlete that Cam is," Smith told Bengals.com.
  • The South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that Ryan Mallett’s draft status is dropping just like Jimmy Clausen did last year. Unlike Clausen, though, people apparently are concerned with Mallett’s character and personality.
  • The Boston Globe reports TE Alge Crumpler underwent shoulder surgery in late January for a significant injury. No word on if he’ll return to next season at full strength.
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Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: February 11, 2011 11:55 am

Shurmur will be his own OC in Cleveland

Posted by Will Brinson

When the Browns hired Mark Whipple as their quarterbacks coach, it was assumed that new head coach Pat Shurmur would call his own plays on offense.

That assumption was correct -- and Shurmur confirmed as much at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards (presumably a very short program, ba-dump-chish).

"I think it's going to stay that way [without a coordinator]," he said via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "I will actually take that role and then we have quite a few very accomplished coaches on offense."

Calling one's own plays on offense is a fairly tricky proposition. It can certainly work (see: Andy Reid's success) but it can also create an enormous amount of pressure on a coach that distracts them from other important things (see: Andy Reid's challenges).

"I feel like we've hired a terrific staff and everybody on this staff has roles and issues of the day," Shurmur said. "I feel really good about how we've structured things and I think it's going to work well."

The reality is that even though Reid -- and others -- call their own plays, they typically have an offensive coordinator on hand. Shurmur will have Whipple, of course, but he won't have someone directly responsible for the offense outside of himself.

That's great news if the Browns can succeed on that side of the ball. And, considering he has an offensive guru in Mike Holmgren as his boss, quite bad if they don't.

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Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:01 pm

Shurmur introduced as Browns coach

Pat Shurmur was introduced as the Denver coach today (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

At first glance, new Browns coach Pat Shurmur doesn’t seem like much of a joker. In his introductory news conference this morning, he came across as controlled and matter-of-fact.

But when a reporter asked him if he would continue running the 3-4 defense or if he would move to a 4-3 defense, the former Rams offensive coordinator Shurmur responded, “There’s a defense?”

Other than that mildly amusing line, Shurmur seemed ready just to get started, saying, “I can’t wait to get off this dais and get to the task of assembling a staff.”

Though he didn’t get into specifics about potential coaches, it doesn’t seem likely Cleveland’s highest-profile assistant coach, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, will stick around. Particularly since he might be headed to Dallas anyway.

A few highlights from Shurmur’s presser:

  • “You dream of the opportunity to be part of an organization such as this. ... As you talk about our team and the goals for this team, it’s very simple: our goal is to win the AFC North, to compete in the playoffs and win Super Bowls. Anything we talk about that doesn’t relate to winning, we’re getting distracted.”
  • Shurmur said he initially would be the one to call the plays on offense: “That really is the fun part for an offensive coach.”
  • On his potential starting QB: "Very impressed wth Colt McCoy. I think he has the skill set and the skills and abilities to be a fine player in this league"
  • Team president Mike Holmgren said new Broncos coach John Fox was on the list of candidates, but in the end, he wanted a coach with a background in offense.
  • And a bonus quote from Holmgren: "You just can’t keep changing things around here every two years. You can’t do that. My hope and prayer is that the changes stop and the growing and building begins. We took some strides last year. My hope is that this will be the coach for a long, long time.”

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 12:55 pm

Browns hire Pat Shurmur as head coach

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Browns have officially announced that they’ve hired Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmer as their next head coach.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to join an organization with such a rich history and tradition as the Cleveland Browns,” Shurmur said in a statement.  “I have the utmost respect for Coach (Mike) Holmgren and Tom Heckert, and I am impressed with the direction in which they have this franchise going.  I have known Tom for most of my pro coaching career, and while we were in Philadelphia, he and I developed an outstanding relationship.  I want to thank Mike and Tom, as well as Randy Lerner, for this tremendous opportunity.  I also want to thank the St. Louis Rams and Steve Spagnuolo for two terrific seasons and for giving me a chance to be a coordinator at this level.  I am looking forward to this challenge and can’t wait to get started in helping to build the Browns back to one of the elite teams in the NFL.”

Said Holmgren, team president: “I am extremely excited about having Pat Shurmur as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Pat is a bright, young man who grew up in football and around the coaching profession.  I came away from our interview very impressed with him as a person, his extensive knowledge of the game and his track record of success as an assistant coach in this league. Most importantly, I feel as though he possesses the necessary qualities which make him the right man to lead our football team.”

In Shurmur, the Browns get an experienced veteran who helped turn around a 1-15 Rams squad and helped them become a team which, shockingly, was only one game – and one victory over the Seahawks - away from making the postseason as the NFC West champs.

The play of rookie QB Sam Bradford was impressive this year, so Shurmur gets credit for that. Overall, the Rams ranked 26th in the NFL in total offense (25th in rushing and 21st in passing). In 2009, St. Louis was No. 29, so props for a little improvement.

Shurmur officially will be introduced Friday at 11 a.m.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 5:26 pm

Browns will interview Rams O-coordinator Shurmur

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Browns on Thursday will interview Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to fill Eric Mangini’s old job.

This latest news shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the relationships Shurmur has with the Browns front office.

As the paper points out, Shurmur spent seven seasons as the Eagles quarterback coach (during a time frame in which Donovan McNabb made three Pro Bowls) and he got to know current Cleveland GM Tom Heckert quite well. Also, Shurmur’s uncle was former NFL defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmer, who worked for team president Mike Holmgren.

Another positive for Shurmur: the impressive season that No. 1 pick Sam Bradford just accomplished in leading what was expected to be a last-place Rams squad to the verge of the playoffs (sure, it was in the NFC West, but you get my point).

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg also are supposedly on the Browns interviewee list.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 2:57 pm

Week 17 Podcast Review: coaching speculation

Posted by Will Brinson

It's hard to go through today without singing some revised Steely Dan in your head ("Wheeeeeeen Blaaaaack Monday comes!"), but remember, there was still football yesterday.

With that in mind, Andy and I break down all the action from Week 17 and examine what the outcomes of certain games mean for certain teams. Where will the Browns go now that they've fired Eric Mangini? Can Rob Ryan hang around? Who will coach the Panthers? Did the Eagles loss to the Cowboys mean anything for their playoff hopes? Do the Seahawks stand a chance of winning at home against New Orleans? Did the Jets do the right thing in resting their players? And were the Bears smart to play their starters for the entire game? 

All those questions answered (plus much, much more) -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:08 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 10:35 am

Mangini out; who will be Browns next head coach?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Eric Mangini is out after a pair of 5-11 seasons in Cleveland. No surprise there. Even though Mangini was given 5-11 type talent to work with, even though the Browns showed marked improvement in a lot of areas (namely defensively) and even though the players seemed to respect the coaching staff (Sunday’s embarrassing performance against Pittsburgh not withstanding), it has long been assumed that president Mike Holmgren wants one of his own handpicked running the show.
M. Holmgren (US Presswire)
So who will that guy be? If it’s not Holmgren himself (the former Packers and Seahawks head coach has admitted he isn’t sure he’s 100 percent done with coaching) the name everyone is tossing around is Jon Gruden. The 2002 Super Bowl winner was on Holmgren’s staff in Green Bay. A while back, Gruden’s son even said the plan is for his dad to take the San Francisco or Cleveland job in 2012.

But circumstances seem to have expedited that process by a year. Gruden in Cleveland would make sense. For starters, the Niners are reportedly not interested in his services. Gruden loves his Monday Night gig, but he has made it no secret that it is a temporary position.

What’s more, reading between the lines, it seems Gruden has been on Holmgren’s radar all along. Why would Holmgren keep Mangini after a 5-11 ’09 season but quickly fire him after a 5-11 ’10 season in which the Browns, realistically, could not have expect a drastic improvement in their record? The most logical explanation is Holmgren was waiting on the guy he wants. And the guy he wants was waiting for his son to graduate high school before he gets back in. (Again, Gruden would have to give up that wait a year early if he jumps back in.)

It’s also possible Holmgren could have his eye on John Fox. It’s been known for two years that Fox’s contract in Carolina was going to expire at this time. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com believes the former Panthers head coach could be headed to Ohio (he isn’t citing any sources, he's just offering his own well-informed opinion).

Another name that has surfaced is Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Mornhinweg, like Holmgren, is a West Coast offensive guru. He has prior head coaching experience (Detroit 2001-02) and has gained considerable credibility around the NFL over the past few seasons.

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 7:21 pm

NFL Coaching Hot Seat Tracker: Black Monday

Black Monday is upon us, and that means plenty of coaching changes. We've organized all the NFL teams into a semi-draft order (yes, we know the Raiders don't have that pick and yes, this could change, but it puts the bad teams up top!) to give you an idea of who's been fired, who might be fired, how much job security they have, and potential candidates in different cities. See someone you think SHOULD be on the hot seat or a candidate for a certain job we missed? Let us know in the comments.  


Team Coach Job Security Candidates

Ron Rivera

Rivera lands a 4-year, $11.2 million deal reportedly
The Panthers announced on Tuesday that Ron Rivera will be the organization's fourth head coach .

John Fox

It seemed like the Broncos might go with someone that was familiar with their organization, but ultimately, they opted for experience and Fox , who they believe can help the defense and the team turnaround quickly.

Chan Gailey

The Bills were terrible in 2010, but they never gave up and routinely came close to upsetting better teams. Also, no one else wants the gig.

Marvin Lewis

Lewis called himself "unemployed" and he seems as good as gone but then there was a report that he'll return with Cincy in 2011 . Then there was a report he wouldn't. Now he's back, officially .

Ken Wisenhunt

Safe ... for now
Hard to imagine the Cards would dump Whiz until they give him a shot with another real quarterback. Cowher thinks Kevin Kolb lands here.

Jim Harbaugh

After much speculation as to where Jim Harbaugh would land, he finally ended up signing a $25 million, 5-year deal with the Niners .

Jason Garrett

Garrett was named the full-time Dallas head coach on Thursday at a lengthy press conference in Cowboys Stadium.

Gary Kubiak

Kubiak is safe but the entire defensive staff has been canned , and now the Wade Phillips for DC speculation begins.

Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur HIRED!
Shurmur bolted St. Louis for Cleveland and it appears Mike Holmgren really wanted someone familiar with his West Coast offense.

Jim Schwartz

Lions won four straight to close the season; Schwartz has to be a hero in Detroit at this point.

Pete Carroll

NFC West title locked Carroll in and even with the Seahawks ugly loss to the Bears, it's hard to question what he did in his first season.

Jeff Fisher

In a surprising move, Fisher and Tennessee are parting ways. Now, the Titans will have to replace their head coach and their starting QB.

Mike Shanahan

Needing a QB
Dan Snyder letting Shanny run the team so him getting booted is a long shot. QB situation is a bit of a nightmare though.

Leslie Frazier

The Vikings didn't wait long -- they announced on Monday that Frazier's "interim" tag would be lifted and he'll be their head coach.

Hue Jackson

Jackson was hired Monday
Cable got the boot and now it looks like Hue Jackson's the favorite to land the coaching gig. Al Davis is involved though, so anything could happen.

Steve Spagnuolo

Such a cold seat
Even without a division title, the turnaround in St. Louis is pretty clear and Spags is safe.

Tony Sparano

After the Fins chased Harbaugh  and embarrassed Sparano publicly, they apologized financially by giving him a 2-year extension. How swell.

Jack Del Rio

Del Rio's got one more year, but it's "playoffs or bust" for JDR, according to owner Wayne Weaver.

Norv Turner

Safe for 2011
Front office says Norv's their guy for at least next year. Another disappointing season like 2010 and he could finally get the boot.

Tom Coughlin

Coughlin is confirmed as returning by Giants owner John Mara
Coughlin's in the middle of a playoff fight (thanks to the Bears) and Casserly says he'll be back with a one-year extension .

Raheem Morris

Losses in late games by the Packers and Giants would get Morris in the playoffs and a pretty good shot at Coach of the Year if he doesn't win anyway.

Jim Caldwell

As long as Peyton Manning's playing for the Colts, it's hard to see them dumping Caldwell.

Mike McCarthy

The Packers look like the latest team to go from  "talented team to nearly miss the playoffs" to "white-hot wild card that wins the Super Bowl," so there's no reason to question McCarthy.

Todd Haley

Division champion
Haley's pretty golden in KC, no matter what some people want to say about his ego.

Rex Ryan

In like foot. Er, flint
Back-to-back playoff berths for Ryan mean he's plenty fine.

Andy Reid

The only question is whether or not Reid will trade Kevin Kolb in the offseason and how long they can keep Vick.

Sean Payton

Safe, duh
He won a Super Bowl two years ago.

Lovie Smith

Surprisingly safe
Did anyone think Lovie was safe heading into 2011? Yet he won the division and the Bears are white-hot. Very impressive year. 

John Harbaugh

Only thing he has to worry about is whether he has to face his bro once a year or not.

Mike Tomlin

Clearly, Tomlin's doing alright. 

Mike Smith

Weird thing is, Smith's not getting nearly enough love as a potential coach of the year candidate.

Bill Belichick

Retirement is the only way he'll ever get removed from New England. Arguably his greatest coaching job ever. 

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