Eagles Hire Pat Shurmur To Be Offensive Coordinator

The Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly have wasted no time assembling their assistant coaching staff, with Kelly bringing four of his people from Oregon to take over jobs and interviewing several defensive coordinator candidates, including Jim Herrmann, Kirby Smart, and Todd Grantham.

Now it seems he’s also found an offensive coordinator.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles have agreed to a deal with former Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur to be their next offensive coordinator, replacing Marty Mornhinweg who beat out Shurmur for the Jets OC position:

Over the past two seasons, Shurmur has been Cleveland’s head coach. In that time he went a measly 9-23, failing to win more than five games in a single season. During both years his offense was ranked 25th or worse in the league, and he was never able to make things work despite having guys like Peyton Hillis, Josh Cribbs, and Trent Richardson.

Before that, however, Shurmur spent 10 years on Andy Reid’s staff here in Philadelphia. He is just one of many Eagles assistants who went on to become a head coach. From 1999-2001 he was the tight ends coach, but from 2002-2008 he was given the task of keeping Donovan McNabb at the top of his game as the quarterbacks coach. He then went to Saint Louis to be the team’s next offensive coordinator, which wasn’t a very successful run either (they ranked 29th and 26th in the league during his two-year stint).

So, why would the team hire an Andy Reid disciple who’s never had much success in the NFL apart from three good years with Donovan McNabb in his prime? Beats me. I mean, the Jets picked Marty Mornhinweg over him!

Shurmur has always been a passing guy, so don’t let the stats fool you. He may have run the ball a decent amount in Cleveland, but that was because he had no other options. In Saint Louis, despite having a rookie quarterback and a solid, veteran running back, he simply refused to run the ball more than 35-40% of the time.

His experience may come in handy when the Eagles transition from the West Coast Offense to the new system., but if the Eagles want to succeed this year offensively, they’re going to need Chip Kelly to truly be in charge. Shurmur is not the answer.


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Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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8 Comments on “Eagles Hire Pat Shurmur To Be Offensive Coordinator”

  1. brian cox
    January 20, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Shurmur gives Kelly the much needed NFL experience as the Brown’s head coach. He was a year or two from turning that franchise around. He has been involved with three different NFL systems and is one of the brightest minds in the NFL. Shurmur also turned down the Jets job because it is going to be one year and done as Rex Ryan’s job is hanging on by a string and the quarterback situation is a disaster.

    • January 20, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      Pat Shurmur was denied by the Jets; he didn’t say “no”.

      And Shurmur’s mind is not as bright as Kelly, not to mention that he’s just a continuation of Andy Reid’s philosophy. Conflicts with hiring of Kelly in my opinion.

  2. Will Eddowes
    January 20, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    I don’t understand the logic here. Can anybody think of any positives for Shurmur? His records all suck and he is pass-heavy, while we have an All-Pro calibre running back and a questionable QB situation. Kelly must know things we don’t

    • January 20, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      I agree. Shurmur, who is more experienced, will likely try to impose his philosophy on Kelly, who’s much more open-minded. Not sure where the Eagles are going with this one.


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