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LIVE BLOG: Browns Fire Shurmur, Heckert

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert, Fox 8 Sports reporter John Telich has learned.

Team officials will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m.

In the meantime, follow the developing details of this story in our live blog, below:

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And that wraps up the Banner/Haslem news conference

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P.J.: Haslam: The two of us feel a tremendous responsibility to get this thing right. We both have been in position to hire people for key positions

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P.J.: Banner said they will apply the Rooney rule to both candidates for head coach and personnel director

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P.J.: Haslam said the coach and personnel director have to be connected at the hip

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P.J.: Haslam said Sooner is preferable for naming head coach but we’ll wait as long as we have to to get the right guy

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P.J.: Haslam said Our focus right now is getting the right head coach

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P.J.: There is a chance some assistants could stay on with the team but it would be up to a the new head coach

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P.J.: Banner said I think we have a foundation that can move forward

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P.J.: Haslam says it was individual decisions on both firing of Heckert and Shurmur

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P.J.: Haslam says there is not a top guy on his list he really wants

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P.J.: Banner says depending on coach; that will depend how much power the coach has on personnel decisions and that is why coach is most important hiring

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Fox 8 Sports reporters P.J. Ziegler and John Telich hard at work during the press conference.

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P.J.: Haslam said you are looking at the two most impatient people on the stage (Haslam Banner) want to build this right (On whether Browns can make playoffs next year)

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P.J.: Haslam said Our goal is to build a consistent championship team. Our goal is to be good for a long period of time.

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P.J.: We needed to create fresh energy and start and strong leadership and that is why Shurmur was not retained as head coach

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P.J.: Haslam said the head coach will have options on the playing roster

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P.J.: Strong leadership is what Banner and Haslam are looking for in head coach, will explore all options (NFL or college)

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P.J.: Head coach will play a bigger role going forward, would like to hire head coach first

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P.J.: We feel very good about this opportunity here even with 10 teams possibly looking for head coaches

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P.J.: Haslam said he and Banner met with the coaching staff, we will grant them the opportunity to meet with other teams

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P.J.: Banner says it was a very tough and emotional decision to let both guys go.

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P.J.: If it takes a week that is great, if it takes a month, whatever it takes to get the best candidates (Coach and Personnel director)

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P.J.: We will not comment specifically on any candidates for any moves going forward. The only two who know about any personnel are Haslam and Banner

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P.J.: Both guys left the organization better than they came. Want to thank them and wish their families the best going forward

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P.J.: It was a very professional meeting with Heckert and Shurmur this AM

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P.J.: Banner and Haslam have arrived in the media room

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P.J.: Press room here in Berea full as we await Haslam and Banner news conference.

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are scheduled to meet with the press at 11:30AM with the latest on the firing of head coach Pat Shurmur and General Manager Tom Heckert.


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