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Browns CEO Joe Banner discusses job status of Pat Shurmur, Tom Heckert

Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner says that the firings of Pat Shurmur and Tom Heckert are not set in stone, and either or both could remain with the organization.

Jason Miller

The Cleveland Browns could undergo a myriad of changes once the 2013 NFL offseason hits (or possibly sooner, if things really get worse with the on-the-field product). New owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner could be looking to bring in their own guys at the coaching and general manager spots.

That being said, the firings of head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert are not set in stone. In a quote from the Chronicle-Telegram, Banner noted that there is still a chance that the two remain:

"I consider that well within the realm of the range of possibilities. Those are open decisions from our perspective. And I have the benefit of knowing those people."

Banner worked with Heckert and Shurmur in Philadelphia, and he wants to evaluate them in the roles they hold now. Also of note is the fact that he considers their fates separately, meaning that one could go while the other stays. It still seems most likely that both are gone in favor of new hires to wipe the slate clean, but for now, the Browns are keeping all options open with about half a season still remaining.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.