By Eric Schmidt

As reported yesterday, the Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert this morning following the team’s loss yesterday to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Prior to the start of the 2012 regular season, the Browns were purchased by Jimmy Haslam and the new owner made it clear that he was going to be taking the team in a new direction after the 2012 regular season.

Haslam told fans that the ownership would make moves quickly after the conclusion of the regular season.

During the course of the regular season, the Browns started to reshuffle the front office, hiring Joe Banner and demoting Mike Holmgren, who eventually left the organization during the course of the season.

The coaching position in Cleveland has been linked to University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Saban along with NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi have been linked to openings in Cleveland. Both individuals have denied any interest in the positions. Lombardi has said repeatedly in recent weeks that he has not been contacted by the Browns or any other organization.

The next head coach will be the Browns 6th coaching change since the organization rejoined the NFL in 1999.

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