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.
Chiefs Looking at New Contract for Patrick Mahomes After 2019
While there is still disappointment surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs following their AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots, the future is bright, especially after an MVP-type season from quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chiefs are looking to work on a new contract with Mahomes following the 2019 season, when he will become eligible for a contract extension.
The report goes on tho speculate that the new deal for Mahomes could be the NFL’s first $200 million deal.
Mahomes, 23, threw for 5,097 yards and a league-leading 50 touchdowns in 2018, leading the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game.
Jaguars Re-Sign Jarrod Wilson
The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year contract, the team officially announced last week.
Wilson, 24, was set to become a free agent this offseason, but the new deal will keep him in the fold through the 2021 season.
Wilson collected 21 tackles, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble last season for the Jags.
Texans Re-Sign Seantrel Henderson
The Texans announced that they have re-signed Henderson, who had expressed a desire to stay in Houston, for a one-year, $4.5 million contract.
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