The St. Louis Rams' much-maligned Pat Shurmur has gotten a lot of flack for the Rams' low-flying offense in 2010, but now he's got something else—a promotion. The Cleveland Browns have announced that Shurmur will be their new head coach, replacing Eric Mangini. From Sam Bradford, Shurmur moves on to a new young quarterback: Colt McCoy, who moved past Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace to nab the starting job in the second half of the 2010 season.
Shurmur spent ten years as the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks coach before spending 2009 and 2010 as the Rams' offensive coordinator, under head coach Steve Spagnuolo. Shumur had to deal with a collapsing quarterback situation in 2009, and spent 2010 trying to navigate the Rams' depleted receiving corps with a brand franchise quarterback.
The Browns, 5-11 in 2010, haven't put together a winning season since 2007 and have dealt with a number of quarterback controversies in recent years—Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson, Derek Anderson and Charlie Frye, and more recently Jake Delhomme and everybody. Mangini was named head coach in 2009, after spending three years as head coach of the New York Jets.