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Pat Shurmur Favorite for Both Arizona Cardinals and NY Giants Head Coach Jobs

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As the NFL coaching carousel turns, it appears that current Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur has become a hot commodity. His name appears as the favorite for both the Arizona Cardinals, replacing Bruce Arians, and the NY Giants, replacing the fired Ben McAdoo. Obviously Shurmur has other things on his plate at the moment as the Vikings prepare to take on the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Round today.

Pat Shurmur does have a long history of coaching experience at both the college and NFL levels. He started as a Graduate Assistant at Michigan State under George Perles. The next season he was kept on staff, which continued for 7 seasons, in which Shurmur moved on to coach Tight Ends, Offensive Line and eventually Special Teams Coordinator. In 1998, he was named Offensive Line Coach at Stanford under Tyrone Willingham.

When Andy Reid was hired in Philadelphia in 1999, he plucked Shurmur to be his Tight Ends and Offensive Line Coach. In 2002, Shurmur took over coaching the Eagles Quarterbacks, until 2008.

For the 2009 NFL season, Shurmur was plucked from Philadelphia and named Offensive Coordinator under new coach Steve Spagnolo for the St. Louis Rams. After struggling through a 1-15 2009 season, the Rams selected Oklahoma Sooner Sam Bradford in the NFL draft and they went on to win 7 games and Bradford was named Offensive Rookie of the Year under Shurmur’s tutelage. That turn around and development of Bradford, enticed the Cleveland Browns to select Pat Shurmur as their Head Coach in 2011.

Browns front office staff hoped, Shurmur could work his magic with newly drafted Colt McCoy, but contract negotiations between the league and the players association limited off season work. The team struggled to a 4-12 record. In the offseason, the Browns drafted Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden in the first round.

In 2012, the team again struggled to a 5-12 record and new ownership fired Shurmur. The next season he latched on with the Philadelphia Eagles as their Offensive Coordinator under Chip Kelly. That lasted two season before the entire coaching staff was replaced in 2016. Shurmur moved on to the Minnesota Vikings, where he started as Tight Ends coach before moving on to his current position of Offensive Coordinator.

The season that the Minnesota Vikings are having combined with the excellent offensive numbers the team has put up has made Pat Shurmur a candidate across the NFL for a head coaching position again. Case Keenum and the offensive have scored an average of 23.9 points per game, which is 10th best in the NFL. All with playing without their starting QB Sam Bradford, and losing rookie sensation Dalvin Cook midseason to a knee injury.

Pat Shurmur may have his choice of either the Arizona Cardinals or New York Giants head coaching position. Both teams have their strong points, but most believe the New York Giants will eventually win out.

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Chris Johnson Retires as Titan

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Former NFL running back Chris Johnson signed a one-day contract with the Tennessee Titans so that he can retire with the team he has spent the best years, and the majority of his NFL career with.

Johnson also believes that if he was a feature back, he could still surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a complete NFL season

“Shoot, that’s not even a question” Johnson said, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessee Titans’ official team website . You put me in an offense where I’m the starting back, there’s no way I wouldn’t get 1,000 yards,” said Johnson. “I could still do it, but it’s time to move onto the next situation.”

“Tennessee, that’s the first organization that gave me a chance to make my dreams come true,” Johnson said. “I have so many great memories in Tennessee and was able to do so many things with the Titans. It’s an organization I always want to be considered a part of.

“I grew up in Tennessee. I went from being a kid to a grown man here. I might have grown up as a kid in (my hometown of) Orlando, but I was still a kid in Nashville when I got there. The team and the city, they’ve always shown me so much love. I have great memories from my days with the Titans, so many on the field and in the city. I’ve always loved Tennessee, and I always will because I’ve always felt so much love.”

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Bengals Pick Up Option on William Jackson

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The Cincinnati Bengals have picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback William Jackson, according to an official team announcement.

A former 2016 first round pick, Jackson missed his rookie season due to injury, and played in a reserve role when he returned the following season.

Jackson became a starter in 2018, starting all 16 games for the Bengals and although he did not record a single interception, he was graded highly by Pro Football Focus for his coverage.

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Ravens, Justin Tucker Agree to Contract Extension

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The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with veteran kicker Justin Tucker on a four-year, $23.05 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tucker’s new deal will include an $8 million signing bonus and $12.5 million fully guaranteed during the first two seasons of the new deal, a record for kickers.

Tucker’s new deal will keep him Baltimore through the 2023 season.

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