Pat Shurmur to join Eagles’ coaching staff
Pat Shurmur will be hired on as the Philadelphia Eagles’ new offensive coordinator stated the source, although the team has not yet made an official announcement regarding any coaching moves.
The 47-year-old Pat Shurmur is reportedly the latest addition to Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s coaching staff. The former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly agreed to jump boat with the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Since then, he’s quietly been listing down names for potential additions to his coaching staff.
Pat Shurmur was the Cleveland Browns head coach for two seasons, who was fired in the end of regular season clean sweep that also resulted in the departure of general manager Tom Heckert. The Cleveland Browns were 9-23 overall under Pat Shurmur, landing them in the fourth place in AFC North during both seasons.
Starting off as a Michigan tight ends coach for seven seasons before serving a season on Stanford’s coaching staff as an offensive line coach, Pat Shurmur finally found his NFL roots in Philadelphia where he switched different roles in 10 seasons under head coach Andy Reid. From 199-2001, Pat Shurmur was the Philadelphia Eagles tight ends coach and quarterbacks coach until 2008. He left to take on an offensive coordinator job with the St. Louis Rams for two seasons before opting for a promotion with the Cleveland Browns.
Pat Shurmur’s hiring by the Philadelphia Eagles is a bit curious in the sense that his West Coast offense, which places a greater emphasis on passing, clashes with Chip Kelly’s up-tempo, spread offense that focuses on a mobile quarterback and encouraging a strong running game.
Moreover, Chip Kelly is expected to retain the play calling duties just as he did in Oregon. But Pat Shurmur’s experience at developing quarterbacks could play up in setting up this deal.
While Pat Shurmur was still in Philadelphia, the Eagles’ 2nd overall pick in the 1999 drafts Donovan McNabb made it to the Pro Bowl five times. Then Pat Shurmur helped the Philadelphia Eagles reach the playoffs in 2002 with rookie quarterback A.J. Feeley starting in place of an injured Donovan McNabb. And in 2006, the Philadelphia Eagles again made a playoffs appearance with Jeff Garcia leading the team while filling in for Donovan McNabb.
During his last season in St. Louis, Pat Shurmur set to work with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. Although he had a breakout rookie season throwing for 3,512 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2010, the St, Louis Rams failed to reach the playoffs since didn't have many playmakers at wide receiver and faced difficulties at scoring points. Pat Shurmur also helped with the grooming of Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, who despite all fell far below the expectations with his rookie season.
The Philadelphia Eagles have a few unresolved issues at quarterback this season themselves. Nick Foles started the latter half of the season in place of a struggling Michael Vick. But’s Nick Foles doesn’t seem like a smooth fit in Chip Kelly’s spread offense. Michael Vick too could be departing unless he agrees to a considerable pay cut. So, its likely Pat Shurmur will get to deal with another rookie quarterback in Philadelphia or at least any other veteran piece at the spot the next season.