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Pat Shurmur comments on relationship with Joe Banner

The Cleveland Browns are undergoing some pretty serious changes. Not only did the team drastically change when it comes to the on-the-field product this offseason, thanks to a new-look, rookie-laden offense, the team has a new owner and a new CEO in Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner, respectively.

On Wednesday, head coach Pat Shurmur met with the media for his usual press conference and spoke on his relationship with Banner, as posted by SB Nation's Dawgs By Nature:

"I was with Joe Banner for 10 years in Philadelphia, all my years there. Extremely smart man (who) had a large part in the develop. ... When you're around someone for a long time, I got a real good feel for him as a family man and a guy that's going to provide the leadership that we need as we move forward."

Shurmur spoke to how it's good to be working with someone he has a history with, though he made it very clear that he doesn't expect the history with Banner to lead to an easier evaluation process for him. He was actually very clear on the fact that he didn't think the new ownership changed anything regarding his job status, and that he expected to be evaluated at the end of the year just like any other coach or assistant on the team.

He noted that, through all of this, his No. 1 focus has been on the team in front of him, which in this case is the Indianapolis Colts. The Browns picked up the first win of their season in Week 6 and though Shurmur doesn't want to win games just to impress the ownership and keep his job, it certainly would help his case.

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