Here are some reactions from players, coaches and executives who know new Browns coach Pat Shurmur:
St. Louis Rams Head coach Steve Spagnuolo
“I am very happy for Pat and his family. I very much appreciate Pat and what he has done to help us grow as a team these last two years. I wish him and his family the very best in Cleveland.”
Rams General Manager Billy Devaney
“Pat is a very good football coach and has done an excellent job for us. He is deserving of this opportunity and I wish him and his family the best in Cleveland.”
Rams running back Steven Jackson
“I knew it would not be long before Coach Shurmur got a head coaching job in this league. He was a good coordinator for the Rams and on Sundays, he got the most out of his players and always had us in a position to win the game. Congratulations to Coach Shurmur and his family.”
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford
“This is a great opportunity for Coach Shurmur. I really enjoyed working with him last season and he truly helped my transition from college to the NFL game. I think he will be a really good head coach.”
Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown
"As a rookie coming into the National Football League (in 2002), he was our quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia. I knew he demanded a lot of respect, for one, Donovan McNabb was the guy that was already established there and Donovan had the utmost respect for Coach Shurmur. He is a sharp guy. He always took notes in meetings and he was one of those guys that (Eagles head coach) Andy (Reid) could depend on to get the guys ready to play, motivate and do well on gamedays. That's what you are looking for when you are looking for a coach. He kind of reminds me of a guy like (Baltimore Ravens head coach) John Harbaugh, who took a lot of notes, never had enough knowledge and always wanted to learn more. I had a lot of respect for him. He is a hard working guy and I think he will do well."
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid
"I'm extremely proud of and happy for Pat Shurmur and his family. He is a proven commodity in the NFL and has paid his dues as a successful assistant coach. Pat is smart, very well organized and has a great command and great feel for the ins and outs of the business of pro football. I believe, to a man, all of the players and coaches that have worked with and for Pat Shurmur have the utmost respect for him as a person and as a coach. And I'm right at the top of that list. He'll do a great job for the city of Cleveland as their head football coach."
Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb
“I think it is a great choice for the Cleveland Browns. Pat Shurmur is a hard-working, dedicated and determined individual who demands perfection from all his players. The team will love playing for him.”