Report: Kelly Names Pat Shurmur Offensive Coordinator

Chip Kelly‘s staff will have a little Andy Reid flavor to it.

The Eagles will name Pat Shurmur offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“For me, [my goal is] to put the best staff possible together with the same vision that I have. I believe that the value of that is huge, and we all have to understand what our vision is, and how we want this football team to look like, and then coach like that every single day,” said Kelly on Friday. “You have to rely on people that have been there before, and we understand that.”

Kelly is also expected to tab longtime Eagles assistant Ted Williams as tight ends coach while Duce Staley will take over as running backs coach.

Shurmur spent the last two seasons as head coach of the Browns, compiling a 9-23 record over that time. He was the offensive coordinator for the Rams from 2009-10. Prior to that, he served 10 seasons under Reid as the Eagles’ tight ends (’99-01) and quarterbacks coach (’02-08).

The Browns ranked 30th and 24th, respectively, in scoring offense with Shurmur at the helm. The Rams ranked 32nd and 26th with Shurmur as the offensive coordinator.

The 47-year-old spent eight years as the tight ends coach at Michigan State and one year as Stanford’s offensive line coach before joining the NFL ranks.

The organization parted with Reid on amicable terms. Now head man in Kansas City, Reid helped the Eagles’s recruiting process and  was in communication with Kelly.

“One person that I really want to thank, in terms of advice in this whole thing, was Andy Reid and the fact that Andy reached out to me and told me about his experience here just told me what this organization’s all about,” said Kelly. “There’s not a classier guy. When Andy texted me yesterday when I accepted the job, I told him that I had really, really, really big shoes to fill and in typical Andy fashion, he said, ‘Just be yourself and you’ll be fine.’ I want to publicly thank Andy because that really right there spoke to me about what this organization is all about.”

Now, a member of the Reid coaching tree is directly under Kelly.

Sheil Kapadia contributed to this post.

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  • Paul

    NOOOOOOOOOO. This guy stinks.

  • Graham

    Don’t know what to think of this one…. Hopefully Chip calls most the plays and Shurmur just gives experience input where necessary

  • knighn

    Interesting. This can make some sense. The entire team knows the WCO. Now, instead of everyone having to learn a new offense, they can just find a new and better way of running WCO. That may be a good way to shrink the learning curve.

    • Mr. Wu

      I am slowly pulling what’s left of my hair out of my head

      • UKEagle99

        I think Shurmur has done well in the past just not when it is all on him. He seems to be a good coach but obviously has been convinced to change philosophy…

      • knighn

        Bad idea. The bald look doesn’t work for everybody.

  • Dawkins20Fan

    Quick correction: He only became the QB Coach in 2002 after Childress got promoted to OC. He was the TE coach from 1999-2001.

  • Mostel

    Ok, for you slow people:
    1) Shurmur is a great coach. He had Bradford playing well before he left the Rams. He had Weeden playing better as the season went on. He should not have been fired for Choad in Buffalo.
    2) Kelly is going to craft a fast paced, rushing heavy, New England style attack here. That means Shurmur is here to teach the QB how to make throws, not scramble around like injury factory read-option QBs.
    3) Foles, or another real style QB, is going to get a shot to run the system.

    • ICDogg

      Yeah, I think he’s mostly there to develop Foles and whoever else they bring in.

    • theycallmerob

      I could not agree more, Shurmur never had a lot of talent at either stop. Besides working with Bradford and Weeden, Shurmur was a big reason for McNabb’s development. But more importantly, his biggest weaknesses came to light when he was a head coach- time management, situational awareness, and playcalling (sound like a former coach of ours??). Since he’ll be a “neutered” OC (no play calls), this shouldn’t be an issue.

      • BrickSquadMonopoly

        I hope ur right that Chip will be main play caller.

        • Bdawk20

          The Eagles didn’t hire Chip Kelly to let someone else call the plays…

    • eagle fan dwn south

      The Offensive C really not the issue wit the talent on that side of the ball just get someone we can believe in on Defense. Eagles Fly

    • UKEagle99

      T-h-a-n-k y-o-u Mostel. You are not a patronising *expletive deleted* at all. Kiss Pat night night for me when you spoon up.

  • eagle fan dwn south

    Chip u pull this scrub u will b a genus if u make this wrk

    • dislikedisqus

      U r da Chip Klly uv spelling

  • JofreyRice

    I’m very curious to see what this means, but I’d agree that this makes it seem Kelly’s leaning towards a more conventional role for the QB.

    If they decide to run the read-option, Foles former backup, Matt Scott, made a pretty decent showing for himself at the E-W Shrine game. Threw with zip, and had some obvious movement skills. Looked a lot like Mariota, the Ducks QB. I don’t know what round Scott is slated for, but I think they need to spend a pick on a developmental guy, at some point. I’d rather the guy have a live arm, like Scott, or Tyler Bray (traditional dropback statue), than another pop-gun QB like Kafka.

  • dislikedisqus

    Good move. Needs people with NFL experience. But having struck out as a QB, Shurmur won’t have his own agenda.

    Btw, with Morninhweg as OC, Jets aren’t interested in Vick acc PFT.

    • dislikedisqus

      I meant as an HC

      • UKEagle99

        I’m sure MM is licking his chops at getting thingy-ma-jig and doo-dah (Sanchez and Tebow) throwing 50 times a game. God help them all!

        • dislikedisqus

          If he succeds with either one he Is assured of employment the rest of his life.

  • metaReign

    I could accept this hire, but not in the least intrigue by it. Pat was part of AR’s staff, the beginning of he’s career with the Eagles. Shurmur have gone through certain changes since then, had his HC gig with the Browns, implemented his philosophy with his offense.

    Maybe he holds the offensive philosophy from other coaches who have come across him, but the upside is his knowledge that Chip can integrate his schemes with. Both have the insights to incorporate personnel to fit into the gameplan.

    Kelly will see how hard it was for the OL backups, find ways to use their strength to the speed of the game. Pat will oversee those personnel to minimizes any flaw along the OL unit. This is why it’s very important that the QB must help keep the line healthy, in order for the line to protect him, by getting rid of the ball as quickly as possible.

    I think the Kelly-Shurmur could work pretty well to build a flexible run-pass offensive unit. They’re going to need to solidify the OL unit with a very good OL Coach. Kelly’s expertise is to maximize the strengths of his personnel driven unit and put forth the best devise schemes into action. The combination of winning every downs of the game. Chip does not care about time management, just as long as the chains keeps moving.

    • Graham

      Great post, completely agree

  • Chip Dip

    I like this hire because I think he knows the teams strengths and limitations while also being a good coach. I’m already happy with the progress of this team.

  • If the Eagles don’t trade that 4th pick to the Redskins for Cousins, it matters little who the Offensive Coordinator is in Philly, or who calls the plays. There currently is no QB in an Eagles uniform capable of leading a turn around of the Eagles. The Eagles are going to have to find a quick witted QB with mobility. The other option is Geno Smith of West Virginia who runs the QB Option there and is pretty successful.

  • Not sure how I feel about this move. I realize he didn’t have much talent to work with in Cleveland and St Louis, but realistically how is this an improvement for the team. He has had zero success as a coach and seems his philosophy is nothing like Kelly’s.

  • mat48

    Good luck with shurmur’s 2 yd screen pass to the full back on third and long.
    Browns fans