Shurmur at Browns training camp in July 2012
|Date of birth:April 14, 1965|
|Place of birth: Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|High school: Dearborn (MI) Divine Child|
|College: Michigan State|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Coaching debut in 1988 for the Michigan State Spartans|
Shurmur was a four-year letterman in football at Michigan State University. He played guard and linebacker his freshman season, and started at center the next three seasons. He earned All-Big 10 Conference honors in 1987, his junior year. He was co-captain when the Spartans defeated the USC Trojans in the Rose Bowl in his senior year. Shurmur was the first graduate student to play on the Michigan State football team, as Shurmur began studying for his master's degree in financial administration during his senior season.
Shurmur’s résumé includes 23 years of coaching experience, including 12 in the NFL. In those 12 seasons, he has been a part of seven playoff teams, winning five division crowns and appearing in the Super Bowl.
He helped the Rams improve to a 7–9 record following a 1–15 season in 2009, the second-biggest turnaround in the league in 2010. He guided St. Louis’ offense to improvements in nearly every category including total yards, time of possession and third-down percentage, while they also scored 114 more points than the previous year. In addition, the Rams committed just 21 turnovers in 2010, tied for the ninth-lowest total in the NFL.
He was interviewed by the Cleveland Browns on January 7, 2011 to be their head coach. On January 13, 2011, Shurmur was hired by Mike Holmgren, with whom he shares agent Bob LaMonte, to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns. He was the 13th head coach in franchise history, and the sixth since the franchise's revival in 1999.
Part of the reason Pat Shurmur was hired was the team wanted him to call the plays on offense as Holmgren did in Green Bay and Seattle. Another reason for the hire was Shurmur's development of Sam Bradford, 2010's No. 1 overall draft pick. The Browns hoped he could have similar success with Colt McCoy.
While potentially hamstrung in attempts to install a new offensive system by the NFL lockout, the Browns played through the first half of the 2011 season at or near the bottom of the league in almost every offensive category. Starting several rookies, Shurmur's team was frequently beset by confusion in personnel and play-calling at critical junctures. Early in the year the defense surrendered a touchdown on a failure to break the defensive huddle, and the team's chances in several games were compromised by a host of special teams mistakes and meltdowns. At the midpoint of the season, in a telling series in which Shurmur called for a conservative ball-protection strategy, the Browns recovered their own fumble resulting from a mistakenly-called hand off to a 3rd string tight-end lined up at fullback, only to botch a short go-ahead field goal attempt with a failed snap and uncoordinated line movement.
The 2012 season showed little improvement in Shurmur's coaching abilities. His odd management of the offense in the Indianapolis game infuriated Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. The CBS cameras even focused on the irate Haslam for several minutes as he yelled and threw his arms in the air in disbelief. After the end of the season, Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert, Jr. were fired.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|CLE||2011||4||12||0||.250||4th in AFC North||–||–||–||Failed to Qualify|
|CLE||2012||5||11||0||.313||4th in AFC North||–||–||–||Failed to Qualify|
Shurmur's uncle, the late Fritz Shurmur, served as the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator from 1994 to 1998 and helped that club win two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl title. Shurmur's wife, Jennifer, also attended Michigan State. They have four children: Allyson, Erica, Claire, and Kyle. Shurmur attended Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Michigan.
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