Pat Shurmur sure has a coaching lineage. But can he throw? Block? Run? Catch? No. It’s going to take at least two years for the Browns to get the necessary talent in place – and those decisions will not be made principally by Shurmur. So he’s up against the same culture of doubt and delay that Chris Palmer and Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini faced. Cleveland simply doesn’t believe it’s going to work out in the end. So the city and its fans feature a blend of impatience and downright fear. The panic button is so easy to press. It’s never far away. Who can say if Bill Belichick could have worked his magic if given a little more time with the Browns? We’ll never know. So can Shurmur coach? We might never find out.
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