CLEVELAND (AP) - St. Louis offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is Cleveland's new coach.
The Browns hired Shurmur on Thursday, ending a search that began when Eric Mangini was fired on Jan. 3. Shurmur was the first candidate interviewed by Browns president Mike Holmgren. Shurmur is the Browns' fifth coach since their expansion return in 1999.
Chris Palmer, Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel and Mangini each failed in trying to build a consistent winner in Cleveland. Now, it's Shurmur's turn. The 45-year-old, who has no head coaching experience, will take over a team that has made just one playoff appearance in 13 years.
Mangini was fired after his second 5-11 season.
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