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St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo discusses the challenges Browns coach Pat Shurmur will face

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 24, 2011
St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo, left, and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur watch practice during NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo knows new Browns coach Pat Shurmur well. He also knows what it's like to be a first-year head coach.

So what is the greatest challenge Shurmur, who served as the Ram's offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, will face during 2011?

"The immediate thing is you realize how many people rely on you every minute of every day," Spagnuolo said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "You might have a list of things that you're prepared to do in a daily routine, and you've got to realize that anytime you've got to drop that at the service of other people. I don't know if Pat will feel the same way, but I know that was a challenge initially for me, realizing that you were there to serve everybody else. It might be early in the morning or late at night that you finally get around to do the things you thought you were going to get done."

Shurmur's transition as a head coach will seemingly be even more arduous because he will also serve as the Browns' offensive coordinator. Will it be as tough as it sounds?

"I don't know that," Spagnuolo said. "I know other guys that have done it. If you look around the league, other people have done it, and some people have done it real successfully. So I'm sure Pat's planning on doing the same thing."


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