After spending ten years with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2008, Pat Shurmur was only able to stay out of Philly for four years before being lured back by new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
Shurmur saw much greater days with the Eagles, where he experienced incredible success as QB Donovan McNabb’s quarterback coach, than with the St. Louis Rams or the Cleveland Browns in recent years. After two years as the Rams’ offensive coordinator, Shurmur spent the past two seasons as head coach of the Browns.
Following the Eagles’ selection of Kelly to replace former head coach Andy Reid, who led the Eagles for an amazing 14 seasons, it was Kelly’s turn to construct his ideal coaching staff.
It looks like Kelly was willing to overlook Shurmur’s recent failures with the Rams and Browns, and focus on his previous success with McNabb in Philly. But this time Shurmur will have much greater responsibility as offensive coordinator, as he will be in charge of the entire unit.
Shurmur will certainly have some work to do after the Eagles’ offense struggled mightily to score points and rack up yards in 2012 under former o-coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
But Shurmur’s biggest challenge will again be the quarterback position, as QB Michael Vick has restructured his contract to remain with the Birds for one more go-of-it.
Vick had a very forgettable campaign in 2012 before sustaining a concussion in Week 10 which kept him sidelined for six weeks. Vick returned for the Eagles’ Week 17 regular season finale after QB Nick Foles broke his hand and was placed on the Injured Reserve (IR).
The Eagles also signed QB Dennis Dixon this past week, who is a very speedy signal-caller that will be reunited with Kelly, who was his offensive coordinator during his senior year at the University of Oregon.
Whether it be Vick or Dixon who proves to be the best option at QB for the Eagles, all eyes will be on Shurmur to rekindle his prior success in the City of Brotherly Love.
Please follow Joe on Twitter @Joe_RantNFL for all Eagles/NFL insight.