Shurmur Firing Pool
Well, with the Cleveland Browns still winless this season--and losers of eleven straight dating back to last year--things look pretty bleak as the ownership of the franchise is about to change. It also appears that Pat Shurmur is a very nice man, but he is not a head coach. Incoming owner Jimmy Haslam recently indicated that he would retain Shurmur for the entire season, but I'm guessing that he might reconsider once he divests himself of the first $700,000,000 (of $1.1B or so) he'll be spending to acquire this football team. In any case, and barring some ridiculous turnaround that I just can't see coming, we're five games into the season and Pat Shurmur is already dead man coaching. Ladies and gentlemen, I am opening the pool and asking you to place your wagers.
(And if anybody out there is thinking, 'this guy has a family' or something like that, please direct your holier-than-thou energies elsewhere. In the first case, no one has been a bigger supporter of the Cleveland Browns' present regime than I have, and that has included Shurmur. He is not a head coach. He is 4-17 in twenty-one games and his teams are not prepared. In the second case, Shurmur is only in the second year of his contract, and so when he is fired he will have at least one year (I think two, in fact) of guaranteed money left on his deal. No one is going to starve and he will get another, more appropriate job, either as a coordinator or coaching a position, within a year of his firing.)
Key Dates Remaining in the Browns' Season
October 14 -- Cincinnati Bengals
October 17 -- Jimmy Haslam expected to assume full ownership of the team at NFL owners' meeting
October 21 -- at Indianapolis Colts (mkocs6)
October 22 -- (tubbs)
October 28 -- San Diego Chargers
October 29 -- (Kabamodernfan)
November 4 -- Baltimore Ravens (Pruitt)
November 5 -- (Rich Gapinski; mikesteelnation1)
November 11 -- Bye
November 18 -- at Dallas Cowboys
November 22 -- Thanksgiving (not exactly a key date for the Cleveland Browns, but more of a in-case-you-forget sort of thing)
November 25 -- Pittsburgh Steelers
December 2 -- at Oakland Raiders
December 9 -- Kansas City Chiefs
December 16 -- Washington Redskins
December 17 -- (Trumpet)
December 23 -- at Denver Broncos
December 30 -- at Pittsburgh Steelers
December 31 -- Wait 'til... (DBF)
January 1 -- ...next year (Scott)
By the way, everyone, feel free to pick days I have not listed if you think the firing may come mid-week, a few days into the offseason, or whenever.
Last edited by mkocs6; 10-09-2012 at 04:22 PM.
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