The Browns will interview St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for their head coaching vacancy on Thursday, according to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe. The Rams confirmed they gave Shurmur permission to interview.
Browns President Mike Holmgren fired coach Eric Mangini Monday morning after the latter guided the team to records of 5-11 in consecutive seasons. The Browns' policy is to not confirm interviews during their coaching search until after they take place.
Before becoming the Rams' offensive coordinator in 2009, Shurmur, 45, spent seven seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles (2002-08). He got his start in the NFL as the Eagles' tight ends coach (1999-2001). Shurmur was also an assistant coach at Stanford University (1998) and Michigan State University (1990-97).
Shurmur, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell are all reportedly on the Browns' list to interview. Of the three, Shurmur has the strongest ties to Holmgren and Browns General Manager Tom Heckert, who worked in the Eagles' front office from 2001-09.
Shurmur, Holmgren and Heckert have the same agent, Bob LaMonte. Shurmur is also the nephew of the late Fritz Shurmur, who served as a defensive coordinator under Holmgren.