New Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur joined Chip Kelly‘s staff back in January, which came as a surprise to many.
Shurmur was the tight end and quarterbacks coach for the Eagles from 1999-2008, then took over as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams in 2009. He was able to help Sam Bradford win the 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. With that, Shurmur was able to open up some eyes around the league and was offered the head coaching position for the Cleveland Browns in 2012.
While Shurmur was in Cleveland, he began running a west coast offense with the Browns, but was unable to produce enough wins for the team to keep him as the head coach.
Shurmur comes from a west coast background since he was around Andy Reid for most of his NFL coaching career. Now that he will be teaming up with Kelly for 2013 season, how much say will he have in Kelly’s offense?
He’ll probably have a little bit, but Kelly is obviously the guy in charge of the play calling. This won’t be like how Reid let last year’s offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg take over the offense. Kelly has a certain philosophy that needs to be brought to the table in Philly. He loves to pound the rock and keeps defenses guessing and confused.
Now, Kelly’s offense in Oregon obviously wasn’t the west coast offense, but it still had characteristics of it. He developed plays that were designed for short passes, but a lot of yards. There were a lot of hitch routes, bubble screens, and when the defense would bring their safety up in the box, Kelly would fire it deep.
This should be an interesting offense to see, since Kelly wants to establish a high-tempo offense built around a quarterback who can think on his toes and make the correct choices.
We don’t know who the quarterback will be, but by judging the way Kelly answers questions about the quarterback situation, I can see that he could care less about the speed and athleticism at the position. He seems to be in control of this offense, and I can’t see Shurmur making the calls with Kelly being the head coach.
He’ll play a major role in designing the plays, but when the pads come on, don’t count on Shurmur to play a major factor on game day.