After moving along the overhaul process with the hiring of new team president Alec Scheiner earlier in the week, Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner spoke to reporters on Tuesday about his plans for the upcoming offseason.
Tasked with making the decision about the futures of general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur, Banner informed Vinnie Iyer of SportingNews.com that he and Scheiner expect to make their announcements public within days of the conclusion of the regular season.
Despite the team's improved play over the last few weeks, Banner is still widely expected to clean house in order to start the 2013 campaign with a completely fresh slate. Shurmur's players finished with just four wins a year ago, and may need to defeat both Denver and Pittsburgh down the stretch in order to give the organization enough confidence to stick with him. However, with new team owner Jimmy Haslam III eager to make headlines with a flashy hire, Shurmur may not be afforded a third season to turn things around.
Heckert, who orchestrated the selections of the trio of Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson and Josh Gordon back in April, also faces slim odds to survive Banner's upheaval unless he is willing to take on a lessened role. The team has been tied to both Josh McDaniels and Mike Lombardi in recent days, and Lombardi is rumored as the frontrunner if the Browns indeed look for a replacement.