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8. Pat Shurmur, Cleveland Browns

2012 Record: 5-8

Season High Point: A 20-14 Week 12 win over the Steelers in which the defense caused 8 turnovers.

Season Low Point: A 17-13 loss to the Colts in Indianapolis in Week 7.

Outlook: Shurmur’s odds of being the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2013 weren’t looking too good a few weeks ago. Conservative playcalling, anemic offensive efforts, and an overall staleness each week — the Browns hadn’t given ownership any reason to stand behind Shurmur and his coaching staff for another season. Sure enough, Cleveland’s rattled off three straight wins, including one against the rival Steelers in Week 12. This decision’s going to be interesting. Brandon Weeden’s shown great improvement over the last few weeks, Shurmur’s young players seem to respond to him, and the defense has been rock solid. The Browns face the Redskins, Broncos, and Steelers in their final three games. If Cleveland wins those games, I can’t imagine owner Jimmy Haslam and recently hired executive Joe Banner handing Shurmur his walking papers. I can’t imagine the fans wanting anything of the sort.

Schrager Forecast: 65 percent chance of pink slip. - Peter Schrager (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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