The Browns hope to hire Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as their new head coach by Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.
Schefter, citing sources, said Shurmur was the favorite for the job, with former Panthers head coach John Fox a possible fall-back candidate if negotiations with Shurmur don't result in a contract.
Shurmur, Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey have interviewed for the Browns' head-coaching vacancy.
Shurmur has been the Rams' offensive coordinator the past two seasons. He is the nephew of the late Fritz Shurmur, who was Browns president Mike Holmgren's defensive coordinator in Green Bay from 1994-98 when Holmgren was the Packers' head coach.
The way we see it
Shurmur has been widely speculated as the favorite to replace the departed Eric Mangini as head coach. If Shurmur is indeeed the Browns' preferred candidate, hiring him sooner than later would be prudent, as he will have to put a coaching staff together.