The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Breaking News

December 31, 2012

Browns fire coach Pat Shurmur, GM Tom Heckert

(Continued)

BEREA —

Banner's arrival forced out president Mike Holmgren, who hired both Shurmur and Heckert but left before the end of his third year with Cleveland.

Shumrur, who has two years remaining on his contract, was dealt a difficult hand from the start.

His first season with the Browns was complicated by the labor lockout, depriving him a chance to work with his players in the offseason or installing his offensive and defensive systems. He chose not to hire an offensive coordinator, holding down both positions in his first year, a decision he later said was a mistake.

Shurmur made his share of mistakes. He had some game-management issues and his play calling was often questioned. However, the 47-year-old seemed to be getting better in his second season, and he deserves credit for developing one of the league's youngest teams. The Browns had 17 rookies and 26 players with two years or less of experience on their roster.

Heckert, who came to Cleveland from Philadelphia, succeeded in upgrading the Browns' talent. He overhauled an aging team, infusing the Browns with solid young players through the draft. In April, he selected running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden and offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, all of whom had solid first pro seasons.

Heckert also gambled and nabbed wide receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft, a choice that seemed risky but paid off as the 21-year-old blossomed.

But it may have been a move Heckert couldn't pull off that doomed him.

The Browns were beaten out by Washington in the sweepstakes to get prized rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Cleveland tried to package picks to swap with the Rams, who eventually made a blockbuster deal with the Redskins who then drafted RGIII with the second overall choice.

Heckert, who was Holmgren's first hire with Cleveland, thought he would have five years to build the Browns but wound up getting just three. It's expected Heckert will quickly be scooped up as more than one dozen teams are expected to have front-office openings.

Text Only
Breaking News
  • Man shot and killed in Ashtabula

    A Cleveland man was shot and killed while driving on Fern Avenue early Friday, according to the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office.

    July 25, 2014

  • One dead in house explosion

    A 27-year-old female was killed and a male seriously injured in a house explosion at 4033 Montgomery Road. Authorities say a natural gas leak caused the explosion.

    July 16, 2014

  • Twinkle has been found!

    FROM LOST DOGS OHIO: Twinkle has been found! Here is the message from a family member!

    Thank you everyone who has been sharing this hero's little dog that he dearly loves!
    (Twinkle is found!!!! She had gotten attacked and someone had her and was caring for her and she posted a pic and Sandy's hone started blowing up. She's OK. O little torn up, but sans gonna get het to the net asap. How, we just gotta nitify the site she's been found).

    July 16, 2014

  • LeBron James will return to Cleveland

    LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    July 11, 2014

  • Winning Powerball ticket sold in Conneaut

    True North in Conneaut sold the winning ticket for last night’s Powerball jackpot.

    July 10, 2014

  • RNC panel recommends Cleveland for 2016 convention

    Cleveland won the backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP’s next presidential pick will accept the party’s nomination there in 2016.

    July 8, 2014

  • Caleb Denlinger Missing teen found

    A 15-year-old boy missing from his family’s campsite at Pymatuning State Park since late Saturday night was found Monday, some 60 miles away in Millcreek, Pa.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • million.jpg Accused child killer gets life without parole

    Joshua Million, 26, of Conneaut, will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder and rape of a 4-year-old girl in early February, per the conditions of a plea agreement approved late Thursday afternoon in the courtroom of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Yost. The plea spared Million the death penalty and also avoided a trial that would have proved torturous for the family and friends of the victim, Melanie “Lanie” Powell, prosecutors said.

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • carla hague.jpg Wife pleads guilty in Judge Hague poisoning case

    Carla Hague, the wife of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Juvenile and Probate Judge Charles Hague, pleaded guilty to one count of felonious assault in the September poisoning of the judge, Wednesday during a pretrial hearing in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court.

    June 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Conneaut hires new superintendent

    Michael R. Notar was hired to be the next superintendent of the Conneaut Area City Schools district at a special Tuesday morning Board of Education meeting. Notar begins his new duties Aug. 1.

    June 10, 2014

House Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video