Shurmur expected to be fired
As Mike Holmgren moved aside in Cleveland, he left with the parting words of a man who felt as if progress had been made, even in the bottom-line business of winning in the NFL. Holmgren's best move as president was hiring Tom Heckert as general manager, and Heckert doesn't expect to survive a purge by [Joe Banner]. Holmgren also selected Pat Shurmur as head coach. ... Shurmur is expected to be fired unless there is a miraculous turn-around in the last nine games. When Holmgren talked about the table being set, he was referring to the personnel department headed by Heckert. He was also referring to Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, Josh Gordon and other young players added to the roster in the Holmgren-Heckert era.