BEREA — The Browns didn’t begin interviewing coaching candidates Thursday as originally expected, but are scheduled to start the process today with Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Multiple reports said he was due in town Thursday night for the interview today.
The Browns’ policy is to not discuss potential candidates and only confirm interviews after they’ve happened. They have yet to confirm an interview since Eric Mangini was fired Monday.
Shurmur just completed his second season with the Rams, finishing with the 26th-ranked offense in scoring (18.1 points) and yardage. He spent seven seasons as Eagles quarterbacks coach, tutoring Donovan McNabb and working with Browns general manager Tom Heckert, who’s joining president Mike Holmgren as the point people on the search.
Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will meet with the Browns on Saturday. Atlanta is the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, and he must interview during the bye week. He canceled his interview with the Broncos today to focus on the playoffs, but feels an obligation to meet with the Browns because they called him first, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
The Browns also received permission to interview Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, but the New York Daily News reported Thursday he might not meet with every team that received permission. The report said he wants to be a serious candidate, not just someone to fulfill the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” requirements.
Fewell is black, and the NFL mandates teams interview a minority.
Mangini talked to the Plain Dealer on Thursday, his first interview since getting fired. He thanked president Mike Holmgren for his support during 2010.
“Mike held up his end of the bargain,” Mangini said. “He let me coach the team my way. He didn’t interfere.
“The only thing was that I kind of felt like the lame-duck Congress. I knew the situation. We had to get it done right now. That was hard.”
The Browns signed seven players to reserve/future contracts as free agents for the 2011 season. They finished the season on the practice squad. The list: offensive linemen Branndon Braxton, Pat Murray and Phil Trautwein, running backs Tyler Clutts and Quinn Porter, tight end Tyson DeVree and defensive back DeAngelo Smith.
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