The speculation has ended. The Browns became the first team to fire their head coach, dismissing Pat Shurmur on Monday morning, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
Shurmur was 9-23 in his two seasons as coach. The Browns didn't put up much of a fight at the end for Shurmur, losing their last three games by an average margin of 17.6 points.
The news was expected ever since Jimmy Haslam took over as Browns owner in October and Mike Holmgren was removed as team president.
The Browns will now look for their seventh head coach since returning to the NFL in 1999. The next announcement should be the dismissal of general manager Tom Heckert.