The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert according to multiple reports. This comes just a few days after The Plain Dealer revealed on Saturday night that the firings were expected to come regardless of the outcome of Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer broke the "official" news of Shurmur's dismissal first on Twitter. Shortly after, news started flooding in backing up the tweet and revealing Heckert's fate as well.
Black Monday begins. The Cleveland Browns have just fired HC Pat Shurmur— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 31, 2012
#browns Heckert fired source told plain dealer— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 31, 2012
Can confirm #Browns have fired GM Tom Heckert.— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) December 31, 2012
Browns general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur have been fired.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2012
Shurmur was with the Browns for two years and finished with a record of 9-23.
Heckert was with Cleveland for three years, in the team's draft war room from 2010-2012.
As was widely speculated for months since CEO Joe Banner was hired, Heckert told The Plain Dealer his departure was about the the final say he had in his contract:
#Browns Heckert in interview w/ Plain Dealer: "it's disappointing. worst-kept secret.This was about the final say I had in my contract.'— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 31, 2012