BEREA — The Browns have settled on Pat Shurmur as their pick to be the next coach and hope to get a deal done within the next 48 hours, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this evening.
Schefter reported that the Browns hope to introduce Shurmur by Friday.
A Browns spokesman didn’t confirm the report. He said the Browns didn’t interview anyone today.
Shurmur, the Rams’ offensive coordinator, was the first candidate interviewed last week. He has never been a head coach.
He shares an agent, Bob LaMonte, with Browns president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert, so contract negotiations shouldn’t be too difficult. Browns owner Randy Lerner owes fired coach Eric Mangini nearly $8 million for the two years remaining on his contract.
Shurmur was Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach for seven years when Heckert worked in the Eagles front office. Shurmur learned the West Coast offense in Philadelphia under coach Andy Reid, who learned the system under Holmgren in Green Bay.
The Browns also interviewed Falcons Mike Mularkey and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, expected to be a candidate, elected to stay at ESPN for 2011.