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Shurmur looks to be the man….


The Browns hope to have a deal with Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur within the next 48 hours and introduce him as their head coach at a news conference on Friday, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter today.

Shurmur, 45, is represented by the same agent — Bob Lamonte —  as Browns president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert.

Shurmur, who worked with Heckert in Philadelphia for eight of Shurmur’s 10 years there, was the first candidate interviewed by the Browns. They also talked to Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

If the Browns can’t reach a deal with Shurmur, they could interview former Panthers coach John Fox, Schefter reported. Fox, also a Lamonte client, spent Wednesday interviewing for the Broncos head coach job.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King also reported this morning that he was hearing the Browns could hire their man by Thursday, presumably Shurmur.
Shurmur has served the last two years as offensive coordinator of the Rams, where he helped develop rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick, this season. Before that, he was Eagles quarterbacks coach for seven seasons and tight ends coach for three.
He’s the nephew of the late Fritz Shurmur, Holmgren’s defensive coordinator in Green Bay and Seattle.

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