Pat Shurmur was once a QB coach for Andy Reid during the McNabb era, he then followed Steve Spagnuolo to serve as offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. He then had a short stint as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Now, he’s back in Philly as the offensive coordinator.
My gut reaction is sort of negative, but overall, I end up with a neutral feeling. I have a little negative feeling simply because Shurmur is a Reid disciple, any way you shake it. I thought firing Reid meant we would get away from the Reid regime, and now, we’ve just hired one of his buddies as offensive coordinator.
Now, that is a personal feeling.
The big picture is that Shurmur is a guy with a lot of NFL experience. He knows what it’s like to be a head coach. And although he is officially the “offensive coordinator”, it’s unlikely he would have a huge stake in the offense. This is Chip Kelly’s team, and I fully expect Chip Kelly to control the offense.
There is simply no way Jeff Lurie fires Andy Reid and accepts another “Reid guy” to call the offense. If Lurie authorized this move, it was under the condition that this doesn’t turn into another Eagles offense.
Shurmur will act like a consultant to Kelly. A guy Kelly can ask questions to about operating in the NFL.
Former Browns HC Pat Shurmur is expected to join Chip Kelly's coaching staff in Philadelphia, likely as Eagles' offensive coordinator.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 20, 2013