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Browns fire Shurmur, eye Penn State's Bill O'Brien

Joe Centers • Dec 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Multiple sources are reporting the firings.

After a 24-10 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday, Shurmur gave an emotional postgame speech, according to The (Cleveland) Plain-Dealer.   

Shurmur, who finished 5-11 this season and 9-23 in two years here, and general manager Tom Heckert, 14-34 in three seasons, were fired first thing today.

Cleveland’s Fox 8 recorded video of Shurmur carrying boxes out of the Browns facility to his car this morning.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting Penn State’s Bill O’Brien is on the short list of a number of teams, including the Browns and the Eagles, citing league sources.

The Big Ten Coach of the Year is said to be considering NFL options, according to ESPN, because he was told prior to taking the Penn State job that the Jerry Sandusky saga was a criminal matter, not an NCAA matter.

The Browns are also expected to pursue Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who’s this year’s "it" candidate, a source told The Plain Dealer.


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