Pat Shurmur's future with the Browns a hot topic as season winds down

Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

Pat Shurmur's job security has been discussed all season, but he says he isn't focused on his status.

With new ownership taking over and a losing record, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur has been on the hot seat much of this season. For his part, Shurmur said he isn't worried about his job security and is instead focused on the next opponent.

"I don't want to talk about my future," Shurmur said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I'm trying to make this the best Monday of the year, and I'm trying to get our team ready to play the Chiefs, and then after that, so on and so forth. I don't look at it that way, I really don't. I'm not taking any half-swings here. We'll just play it out and see what happens."

Shurmur has been under heavy scrutnity since new owner Jimmy Haslam was rumored to be taking over the team during training camp. For their part, Shurmur and the Browns haven't let the rumors and uncertainty bother them. Cleveland has won four of its last seven games after a 0-5 start.

Last week, Haslem said he was encouraged by the progress and thinks the team could be very close to becoming a contender. At least one player is in support of keeping Shurmur, as rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon said the Browns "definitely are happy" with the current coaching staff.

Cleveland's performance over the final four games of the season could go a long way to deciding Shurmur's fate. Since taking over prior to last season, Shurmer has a 8-20 record as the Browns coach.

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