NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Cleveland Browns by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
CLEVELAND BROWNS (25)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 24) - Time for Paul Brown?
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 22) - The right GM-coach combination could flourish. Young talent is there.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 26)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 22) - Need to find stability at the two most important positions in the organization, head coach and quarterback.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 26) - Pat Shurmur didn't stand a chance with new owner Jimmy Haslam.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 25) - The Browns managed to win five games with the youngest starting lineup in the NFL. But the next head coach will benefit from the experience those young players gained this season. The Browns fired coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 24) - On behalf of the real-estate industry in Cleveland, let me say, "Thank you for the Browns."
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 26) - Another last-place finish triggered a rather thorough housecleaning.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 29) - The guy that gets this head coaching job is getting a solid group of young players. The Browns almost had 100 starts from rookies in 2012. It's a shame the owner feels he has to fire all the people that started this building project.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 26) - The Browns made some progress in 2012 and have some pieces in place and waiting for a new coach and GM to lead them.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 26) - Sitting-duck head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert Jr. were mercifully relieved of their duties by Cleveland's new regime after finishing 5-11.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 26) - If history repeats itself, the Browns will hold a press conference to announce a new coach in a few weeks. Then they will do it again in two years. And again in two years. And again in two years.