Monday, January 17, 2011

Shurmur comparisons don't make sense

I have no idea whether or not newly hired Browns coach Pat Shurmur is going to be a raging success or colossal failure. What I do know is that saying Mike Holmgren's decision to hand the franchise over to an unproven, first-time coach and former Rams offensive coordinator is no different than the Steelers hiring Mike Tomlin or the Ravens hiring John Harbaugh is silly.

Here's the big difference between coordinators like Tomlin and Harbaugh taking jobs in the AFC North and Shurmur moving to the offices at 76 Lou Groza Boulevard - talent.

Don't you think there was a better chance of Tomlin or Harbaugh - or any coach for that matter - succeeding with Pittsburgh and Baltimore, respectively, than in Cleveland? That's not a knock on the Browns organization, that is simply a commentary on the talent the Steelers and Ravens had when the new coaches were hired is considerably better than what is currently on the Browns roster.

I just don't think it is fair to say, "Well nobody heard of Tomlin or Harbaugh when they were hired." Shurmur supporters, rejoice. You got your guy, plucked right from The Walrus' tree. But if you are expecting Tomlin or Harbaugh kind of success with Shurmur, the team better go out and get Steelers and Ravens kind of talent.

- Bill Tilton


Anonymous Rick in P'ville said...

Yea talent helps just a bit. But let's see this play out, we have tried the hot coordinator thing, the college coach thing & the guy from the Billicheck tree thing twice. Maybe the never heard of him thing is the trick.

January 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM 

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