Pat Shurmur expects Chip Kelly to call Eagles’ plays
There had recently been some speculation over the allocation of the offensive playing calling duties in Philadelphia this season. Chip Kelly walked a tight line again on Monday, remaining cryptic on the situation, during a news conference for the official introduction of his coaching staff.
"I will call all the good plays, and Pat will call the bad ones," Chip Kelly quipped.
However, Pat Shurmur offered a relatively clearer perspective to the assignment of play calling duties.
"Things haven't been totally talked about (between us), but the inspiration for this offense is his, and I would anticipate he would be the play-caller," said Pat Shurmur.
Pat Shurmur seems pleased with working in a familiar territory this season, after serving as an assistant on former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid’s coaching staff for 10 seasons. Starting out his NFL coaching career as a tight ends coach (1999 to 2001) with the Philadelphia Eagles, Pat Shurmur shifted to coaching quarterbacks from 2002 to 2008.
He spent the next two seasons as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator, before taking helm of the Cleveland Browns in 2011. Pat Shurmur’s time in Cleveland brought little success as he led the Browns to a 9-23 record, including 5-11 this past season, under in his tenure as the team’s head coach. However, the Cleveland Browns’ on going dry spell, just one winning season since 2003, as well as turmoil and too many distractions over the past two seasons were also partly to blame for team’s lack of success.
"I would say my tenure there was a little less than traditional,” said Pat Shurmur, “with the first year a lockout and the second year (learning) during the summer the team was for sale and was sold.”
But the biggest concerning Pat Shurmur’s hiring by the Philadelphia Eagles was whether there could be a clash between Shurmur’s West Coast offense roots and Chip Kelly’s no-huddle, spread offense.
"We learned offense maybe a little different way," said Pat Shurmur. "We both understand the important thing is score points and win football games."
Chip Kelly took a while getting together his coaching staff, which features several experienced coaches at key positions. Due to the lack of familiarity with NFL system, it took Chip Kelly a two day interview before he decided to go forth with Pat Shurmur. Chip Kelly seems it as a major advantage to have a former head coach as Pat Shurmur on his coaching staff so as to have an alternate source of ideas.
"There are so many bonuses aside from his football knowledge, and after meeting with him and getting on board with him (it's) just outstanding," said Chip Kelly. "His personality, his mind-set, was kind of a slam dunk for me after getting to visit with him."
Pat Shurmur too “jumped” on the opportunity to start “work quickly” and “win football games.”
“I wanted to do it with somebody I would work for that I felt good enough about, and that is why I did it here,” said Pat Shurmur signing with Philadelphia Eagles.