Source: Shurmur To Interview For Raiders Job
Pat Shurmur has been granted permission and will interview for the Raiders’ head coaching job, according to a league source.
Shurmur has spent the past two seasons as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly. Prior to that he was the Browns’ head coach from 2011-12.
“I’m never going to stand in a coach’s way when they have an opportunity to kind of get what they consider a better job. It’s really their decision, not my decision,” Kelly said Monday when asked about the possibility of losing members of his staff to other teams. “I’ll weigh in on it if they want me to give advice. But I would anticipate as openings happen around the league and there could be openings in college where people want to go to a college job. But that’s always done on an individual basis and you never know. We finished the season last year, we didn’t have anything, and then three weeks later, the Miami thing started happening with Bill [Lazor]. So we’ll cross that bridge if it happens, but I would anticipate it. We do have some really good coaches here.”
Towards the end of the regular season, Shurmur was asked if he thought he would get another shot at being a head coach in this league.
“I’ve never really thought about that,” he said. “I worry about doing my job. If somebody thinks that you’re the guy they want to lead their organization, they’ll tap you on your shoulder and ask you what you think.”
Shurmur broke into the professional coaching ranks with the Eagles in 1999 as an assistant to Andy Reid. He worked as the quarterbacks coach from 2002-08 before becoming the Rams’ offensive coordinator in ’09.
The Eagles ranked fifth in offensive yards this season and second in the same category last year. The team set records this year in completions (390), gross passing yards (4,581) and first downs (356). Kelly calls the plays and is responsible for much of the offense’s design, though Shurmur has had influence on the scheme, blending some of his West Coast principles into Kelly’s spread attack.
Meanwhile, a member of the Eagles’ personnel department is drawing interest:
Jets have requested permission to talk to Eagles director of pro personnel Rick Mueller for their GM job, per sources. #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) December 30, 2014
Mueller joined the Eagles in 2012. He spent eight seasons in the Saints’ personnel department and has also had stints with the Jaguars and as a general manager in the UFL.