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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