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Shurmur and Heckert about to be gone

PatShurmurThis won’t come as a surprise to anyone. With the Cleveland Browns under new ownership, the jobs of GM Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur were sure to be in jeopardy. And when you are 5-10, that’s to be expected.

League sources tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the heads of Heckert and Shurmur will indeed roll right after they win or lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Shurmur has only had two years to get this thing turned around and has not had very good quarterback play. It’s very tough to turn a team around and start winning when you don’t have much at that position. Sure, Brandon Weeden could end up being decent, but he’s still a rookie this year.

Heckert, on the other hand, has had three years in the organization, and who knows how much say he really had with the now-departed Mike Holmgren calling many of the shots.

Clearly, there is not enough talent on this team and you can blame Holmgren for much of that. He wasn’t very good picking players when he had full control in Seattle and he didn’t do a good job in Cleveland either. Heckert surely shoulders some blame, but we may never know how much.

Oh, did we mention that former Eagles president Joe Banner is now in town? Not sure if he was a Heckert fan when he was in Philly, but it doesn’t look like he is now. Banner can be a cold and ruthless businessman, and Heckert and Shurmur know it.

And if they didn’t know it from their time in Philadelphia, they will surely know it within hours of the completion of their game against the Steelers.

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