Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three Questions About Shurmur

What does the reported hiring of Pat Shurmur mean for the Eagles, and what does it say about the start of the Chip Kelly era? Our readers ask the pertinent questions, and we try to answer them:

From @Eagles_Tarheels: Do you like the Shurmur hiring? It seems like an odd choice for OC? Shurmur being a wco guy and all. Thoughts? Sheil and I are in Mobile for the Senior Bowl, and hope to speak with Kelly this afternoon. We’ll have a clearer picture then. But my initial reaction is similar to yours: I find the pairing a little odd at first glance. Shurmur is rooted in the West Coast offense, and he doesn’t exactly scream new-wave.

I believe it has something to do with Shurmur’s level of experience (he’s been in the bigs since ’99). Kelly might be able to change the NFL. But in order to break the rules, you must first know what those rules are.

“You have to rely on people that have been there before,” said Kelly, “and we understand that.”

I also think this has something to do with Andy Reid. Kelly and Reid built a rapport during the Eagles’ coaching search, and it appears a trust was established. Reid was rumored to be interested in bringing Shurmur to Kansas City with him. That never came to pass, but it would be of no surprise if Reid endorsed Shurmur for the Eagles’ OC gig.

From @Nick_Ellis_: If Shurmur rumors are true is it an indication that CK is leaning towards Foles? I understand why people are trying to make a connection to Shurmur and a specific quarterback, but I think that’s a little premature.

Last we talked to Kelly, he was preparing to go through Eagles’ game tape to develop a more informed opinion on the quarterback situation. Are we to believe that he has since cemented such a firm stance that he would name an offensive coordinator off these initial impressions? Seems like a stretch to me. The Eagles’ organization is looking big picture right now. I would put the odds in favor of Nick Foles being on this roster over Michael Vick, but I don’t think Shurmur’s hiring is a reflection of that. Kelly has to believe that Shurmur is buying into the long-term vision. Don’t get caught up in what it means for a specific player in the here and now.

From @Brandon_Ray9: Will Chip Kelly call plays?

That is the consensus, yes. Though Kelly is a big proponent of letting his coaches coach.

“We’ll have discussions during the week about where we’re going with things, but on game day, those guys have to be able to not worry about who is second guessing them and who is over there shoulder,” said Kelly. “If I do have to second guess them and I do have to look over their shoulder, then I hired the wrong person.”

The lead-in question was about the defensive side of the ball, but Kelly seemed to be talking in more universal terms. Whoever ultimately calls the plays, it is safe to say that it will look like Kelly’s brand of ball regardless.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Kelly is set to make Shurmur his offensive coordinator.

Birds 24/7 heads to Mobile, Alabama.

Kelly might be willing to make some concessions, but not when it comes to operating at break-neck speed. 

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

National Football Post has eight offensive players to watch at the Senior Bowl. Local product Ryan Nassib is at the top of the list.

 Quick and athletic to avoid pressure, re-set and make accurate throws, Nassib has NFL teams intrigued. After charting out Nassib in five games we consider him to be the best quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft and worth drafting with the first overall pick, so we are excited to see how he does in Mobile.

Kelly’s deal turned out to be pretty sweet:

The Eagles made Chip Kelly one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL, giving him a five-year contract worth $32.5 million, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The lucrative deal, which is worth $6.5 million annually, was a crucial factor in Kelly’s decision to join the Eagles after originally deciding to remain at Oregon, according to the source.

Bobby April lands on his feet, taking a job as the Raiders special teams coach.

COMING UP

Day 1 of Senior Bowl practices. We’re hoping to speak with Kelly and Howie Roseman.

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  • The Guru

    Bringing in Shurmur is a good move. Granted, his teams after he left Philly, were not all that successful, but the guy has 15 years in the NFL and has head coaching experience. Kelly can lean on him for QB development, advice on how to run mini camps & training camp, and some other aspects of being a first time head NFL coach with no experience. Let me assure you, Kelly is going to call the plays. No way he comes here and hands off what got him the job in the first place.

    • jabostick

      I agree. Kelly will be calling the plays. I think Shurmur is there to work with QB’s and help provide the lay of the land for Kelly. From Shurmur’s perspective, if Kelly is the next big thing, this is probably his best shot at another HC job in the future so I think he’ll go in full understudy mode and not be at odds with him in terms of offensive philosophy or whatever.

    • Anebriated

      his teams were never that successful but he did a decent job with Sam Bradford when he was with the Rams and he even made Weeden look like a salvageable NFL QB. Hopefully he isnt calling the plays but I have no problem with him coming in to help coach the QBs/offense.

  • metaReign

    You could be right about the Shurmur deal, either Reid had suggested it or Kelly asked him who he thought would be a good OC for his style of offense. It’s still a mismatch, in my opinion, but the more I think about it, the more I see Kelly’s integrating his style of offense with the WCO.

    Bill Walsh ran the WCO with years of success. As long as Kelly has been a HC, he ran the read-option with success. No matter how you call it, it will always be football to Kelly.

    Shurmur may not have been successful in his WCO philosophy, but Kelly will pick his brain out and warp it, by asking Pat about his playcalling as they view films during his time with the Browns. There will be some part of the WCO that Kelly may use into his philosophy. I’m guessing in the blocking scheme and the run game.

    If he finds pieces on the OL that can push beyond the LOS, into the next level, there’s no telling what he can do for the run and passing game. He’ll make it very complicated for opposing defenses, including the Eagles own defense. He is a real shrewd competitor, he’s going to expect the same from his staffs and personnel. He isn’t AR, he’s no Nick Saban and he’s certainly not Belichick, in personality and philosophy. He is a Brand in and of itself, the difference is stepping through the threshold to the highest regard of his career. He has nobody to prove but himself, lives it and breaths it, day in, day out.

  • http://twitter.com/beefbreen jamie b

    Hopefully April has “better personnel” than he did in Phila. Always an excuse.