Banner Says It Won’t Take Long for Shurmur and Heckert to Know Their Fate

New Browns CEO Joe Banner stressed Tuesday that he’ll act swiftly on the futures of coach Pat Shurmur and General Manager Tom Heckert following the season finale in Pittsburgh.

Don’t forget the last two coaches canned were done the day following a game against the Steelers in the season finale as well, so Shurmur should be very nervous.

“I think we’ll make the decisions quickly after the season,” Banner said on a conference call to announce the hiring of his new president Alec Scheiner, former right-hand man for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “I don’t want to say if it’s one day or two days or three days but I think it will be quickly.”

Banner said he and owner Jimmy Haslam haven’t made up their minds yet, but have continued to discuss the front-office lineup.

“Obviously as time has gone on we’ve thought about it more, we’ve talked about it more, more factors that will influence the final decision have become clearer and clearer,” he said. “I don’t want to make it sound like we’re in the same place we were two or four or six weeks ago. That has advanced quite a bit. But we’re not at the point where we’ve made definitive decisions.”

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8 Responses to “Banner Says It Won’t Take Long for Shurmur and Heckert to Know Their Fate”

  1. Dan B. says:

    Just as long as they keep Heckert. DO NOT BRING THAT LOSER/IDIOT Lombardi here. I have heard the rumors that Lombardi and McDaniels are the ones that Banner wants. Can we pick two bigger losers or yes men?! Just what these young players need,someone that has not worked for a team in FIVE years and the other is immature and does not know how to evaluate talent or motivate a team. People say he coaches Brady, well, how much coaching does he need, let’s be realistic, Bellicheck does not overload his plate because he knows what he can handle or not.

  2. Denolakes says:

    One I believe already knows — or at least should know based upon on-field performance of the team as a unit. The other has done their job quite well, IMO, again based upon what we have seen on the field . . . he should stay and let them continue to build. Don’t forget, this is a big FA for Cleveland, which is far under mandatory spending required for player payroll. Lombardi is a mistake. He brings no value. One does not make a $1B investment to turn it over to a hack.

  3. Dan B says:

    I agree. I just don’t know where to go for the HC. I do not think a retread is the way to go. It would be interesting to see how Kyle Shanahan would handle Weeden. He has shown that he sets the offense up to RG III’s strengths, not his weaknesses. I think keep Jauron, the defense is getting there, with a sharp draft and a couple of key FA pick ups and we could be there. As far as Lombardi goes, hack, buffoon, idiot, lost…..etc. There is a reason he is not working for a team right now. Banner wants a yes man, just like AJ Smith wanted a yes man coach and look who he has and what has happened to that team. Keep Heckert, you have a man who knows the team, that wants to stay in Cleveland and see this through, sounds pretty motivated to me.

    • Denolakes says:

      Maybe my “hack” comment was a little strong — but a long time without any team affiliation is a pretty decent indicator of lack of demand for a person’s services — especially when your most recent claim to fame is appearing as a guest “expert” on the NFL’s gong show. Football people need to be making these personnel decisions. Haslam has talked with and hopefully listened to respected and successful owners. This is a huge investment — not all at risk, to be sure — but huge nonetheless, and I do not see failure as part of an acceptable outcome. To me, this means that Heckert stays. It also means Weeden gets one year more; though I am not convinced, I think there is more potential here than we have seen in the past. A fourth round draft pick smokin’ you out is not a good thing, I should think. HC must have critical input on personnel decisions as those players are going to be required to execute their play schemes. That being said, part of the challenge of being a HC is coaching the talent you have and adjusting your “schemes” accordingly. Lombardi . . .? Leave him on the gong show . . .

  4. Dan B. says:

    I would not say that “hack” is too strong a word. he is not in a personnel position for a reason, I do say keep Heckert, he knows the team, what we have and what we need, hell I would even go as far as saying give Shurmur another year, but he has to change a few things, such as you said, tailor his offense to the talent he has, not make the talent run something they are not capable of doing. That is why RG III, Luck and even Cousins did and are doing so well. We can only hope, but Banner is the wild card, he wants control, period. He is a capologist, not a talent evaluator.

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