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Long season in Cleveland leaves Shurmur's dance card bare

Pat Shurmur sounds like a man who could use a friend.

One perk associated with guiding the Browns to a 3-6 record is a relatively stark social schedule for the first-year Browns coach.

"I don't go to restaurants much," Shurmur said when asked if he's recognized on the street.

"Jennifer's an outstanding cook," he deadpanned, scoring points with the wife.

Be real: Shurmur's bunkered away nightly trying to solve a distressing three-game skid led by a West Coast offense dripping out 14.6 points a game. 

Perhaps Colt McCoy shows up late with orders of General Tso's and cans of Genny; perhaps they raid the stocked fridge Rob Ryan left behind -- three wins in mid-November is spartan territory any way you spin it.

We learned today that Shurmur's mentor, Andy Reid, is working 22 hours a day. That man's reward is a steady stream of angry signage outside Eagles headquarters demanding he hit the bricks ASAP.

Shurmur's lone hope is a turnaround along the shores of Lake Erie. 

Anyone returning Cleveland to its dominant days of old will be dressed in gold clothing and trotted around town on a silver horse, never to pay for a steak again within 200 miles of the Flats' pale light.

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