Eagles hire former Browns coach Pat Shurmur
Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013, 4:28 PM
Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles hired former Browns coach Pat Shurmur, an NFL source said on Sunday.
Shurmur is expected to be named offensive coordinator, but an exact title had yet to be decided upon. ESPN first reported the Shurmur hire.
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly will likely handle the play-calling this coming season, but he said last week that he was looking for a coordinator to help with the passing game. Shurmur has extensive experience running the pass-heavy West coast offense.
He has also worked with many NFL quarterbacks, first with the Eagles as quarterbacks coach from 2002-08. He then became the offensive coordinator with the Rams for two seasons where he helped nurture Sam Bradford in his rookie season.
Shurmur declined to confirm the report when contacted by The Inquirer on Sunday.
“I’ll let Chip, Howie [Roseman] and Derek [Boyko] handle that,” Shurmur said.
Boyko is the Eagles’ director of communications. The team has said that they won’t comment on assistant coaching hires until after Kelly sets his staff.
Kelly has spent the last several days interviewing candidates. He didn’t have to go far to fill two spots. Ted Williams, who has coached the Eagles running backs for the last 15 years, will return to coaching tight ends. He coached that position for four seasons under Ray Rhodes.
Duce Staley, who helped out with special teams last season, will take Williams’ place and coach running backs, according to a team source.
Shurmur is a peculiar hire because his offensive philosophy would seem to be much different from the irreverent Kelly. Shurmur has a long history with the West coast. Kelly’s spread offense at Oregon would break many “unwritten” rules about how to run an offense in the NFL.
The spread, however, has become more a part of NFL offenses over the last few years. Kelly hiring Shurmur could be a sign that he hopes to meld his offense with a more traditional one.
Shurmur, 47, was fired on Dec. 31. The Browns went 9-23 in his two seasons. Shurmur is considered part of the Andy Reid coaching tree. Some thought that he would follow Reid to Kansas City.
Instead, he’s coming back to the Eagles, where he helped develop quarterbacks like Donovan McNabb, A.J. Feeley and Kevin Kolb. Shurmur will have another young quarterback to work with in Philadelphia with Nick Foles, whether he is the starter or not next season.
In other news, ESPN also reported that Kelly's five-year contract was worth $32.5 million, or $6.5 million per season.