BEREA, Ohio — Pat Shurmur is more confident in his second year as Cleveland's coach. There's no guarantee he'll get a third.
With truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam III about to take over as Browns owner, Shurmur could be auditioning to keep his job beyond this season. The Browns went just 4-12 in Shurmur's first season, which was made tougher on him by the lack of an offseason, injuries and playing in the AFC North, arguably the NFL's strongest division. Shurmur has tuned out the negativity and says he likes his young team — 15 rookies — which lost 17-16 to Philadelphia in last week's opener.
Shurmur is more vocal with his players than a year ago, mostly because he knows them better. He's also different with the media, and is more inclined to dismiss any questions he doesn't find appropriate.