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Browns near deal with Rams assistant Pat Shurmur

By Tom Withers

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 13 2011 10:02 a.m. MST

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns could have a new coach in hours.

The team is in talks with St. Louis offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to succeed Eric Mangini and become its fifth coach since 1999.

Shurmur's agent, Bob LaMonte, arrived at team headquarters Thursday to negotiate with Browns President Mike Holmgren, who just happens to be one of his clients.

Shurmur spent the past two years running the Rams' offense. He helped develop rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, who led the Rams to a 7-9 record one season after they went 1-15. The Browns want a coach to groom Colt McCoy.

Shurmur was an assistant for 10 years in Philadelphia, where he learned the West Coast offense under Andy Reid, one of Holmgren's closest friends.

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