The Browns expect to announce the move Thursday, when Shurmur's agent, Bob LaMonte, comes to Cleveland to finalize the deal. LaMonte's clients also include Browns president Mike Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert and executive vice president Bryan Wiedmeier.
|St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was the first candidate to interview for the Cleveland Browns' head-coaching job. (Jeff Roberson/Associated Press)|
Lamonte didn't return numerous phone messages left by The Associated Press with his agency.
Shurmur worked in Philadelphia under coach Andy Reid, a protege and close friend of Holmgren, and helped develop Donovan McNabb into one of the league's top quarterbacks. Shurmur also worked with Browns general manager Tom Heckert as an Eagle.
Although he lacks head-coaching experience, Shurmur's background running a West Coast offense and working with young quarterbacks appeals to Holmgren, who started his search determined to "find exactly the right person for the job who can eventually someday lead us to the championship. That is my only goal."
Holmgren wants to expand the Browns' offense, which languished under coach Eric Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Mangini was fired earlier this month after two 5-11 seasons.
When Shurmur departs, former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels is among the candidates to replace him in St. Louis.
The Browns met with two other head-coaching candidates, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, over the past week. It also was assumed that the Browns would interview Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, but that meeting never took place.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.