Will Philadelphia Eagles O-Coordinator Pat Shurmur Make an Impact Under Head Coach Chip Kelly?

By Joe Doris
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Pat Shurmur originally rose to prominence with the Philadelphia Eagles as their quarterbacks coach during the Donovan McNabb era. But after ten years in Philly, from 1999 to 2008, where he was originally a tight ends coach, Shurmur has experienced a devastating run over the past four seasons.

After serving as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator for two disappointing seasons, Shurmur accepted his first ever head coaching position with the Cleveland Browns in 2011.

Unfortunately, Shurmur had an equally embarrassing two-year stint in Cleveland and was sent packing following last year’s 2012 NFL season. It looks like Shurmur may have lost his quarterback-rearing magic with the slow progression of Sam Bradford and a duo of duds in Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden.

But for some reason new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly decided that Shurmur was the most suitable option to rejoin the Birds as an offensive coordinator in 2013.


With the highly-documented failures of Shurmur so fresh and recent, it looks like Kelly may have chosen an o-coordinator who would be easy to influence due to his previous struggles.

Shurmur may have some minor role under Kelly, but I don’t see how he will be able to contribute significantly with such an offensive powerhouse in charge. Kelly will just have too much direct influence on the Eagles’ game-planning and play-calling for Shurmur to be heard.

Ironically, Shurmur may actually be playing more of a quarterbacks coach type of roll with QBs Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley all having legitimate chances at landing the Eagles’ starting roll.

I look for Shurmur to go under-scrutinized, as well as under-appreciated, as Kelly will hog all of the media’s attention during 2013 and onward.


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