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ESPN lists Vikings OC Shurmur as future head coaching candidate

The success of the Minnesota Vikings’ 2017 season will likely depend on whether offseason changes to the offense result in a step forward. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s future may also depend on improved production.

This week, ESPN looked at which current coordinators might make up the “next wave” of head coaching candidates. Shurmur was included on the list. ESPN wrote:

Shurmur spent two seasons as the Cleveland Browns’ head coach in 2011 and 2012 and won a combined nine of 33 games. He also acted as interim head coach for Week 17 of the 2015 season after Chip Kelly was let go. The Eagles won that game over the Giants.

While the Vikings ranked just 28th in total offense last year, Shurmur’s marks as the OC in Philadelphia were impressive, finishing second, fifth and 12th in three seasons – though much of the credit for the Eagles’ early success went to Kelly’s innovative offense.

Shurmur took over for Norv Turner midway through the 2016 season. The Vikings ranked 17th in Yards per Play after Shurmur was named the interim OC and Sam Bradford posted a 74.1% completion percentage with 12 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 99.4 rating.

The Vikings are expecting better numbers this season after signing two free agent tackles and a running back and trading up to select Florida State star Dalvin Cook.

If everything goes according to plan, Shurmur might be on his way to a second head coaching chance.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I’m not shocked to hear this ~ But some here and elsewhere last year thought he ranked as one of the Vikings worse OC ever ~ Some couldn’t get it through their pointed little heads that the offense at the end of the year was still very much the offense that Norv installed 4 years ago only with shorter drops by the QB ~ Norv’s offense looked worse ((( most of the time ))) than Chilly’s Kick A$$ Offense from years past ~ I’m sure Bevell who ((( once ))) he got away from Chilly and wouldn’t work with Frazier because he wanted to keep the same offense is also in that list of guy for a future HC job ~ His offense with the Seahawks has worked very well when he has had healthy talent to work with ~ I look for Shurmur to make that same kind of jump this year with Norv out of the way ~

    No one knows what the Vikings offense will look like this year ~ Many of us are thinking its going to shot to mid passing game while still using the run as the point of attack ~ However it could be a mid to long passing game use to help set up the run though I dont believe that myself ~ Its been proven many times that two 5 yard pass can get you a first down just like two 5 yard runs ~ Draw the DB’s in close and then go deep ~ I dont believe it will be all 5 yard passes nor should anyone else ~ LOL ~ Just saying ~ I’m going to hate preseason ((( not really ))) because I know we want see a lot of the offense till game one ~ But I’m looking forward to game one on offense for the first time since I first heard Norv was named as the OC ~ I started calling out Norv after game 4 of his first season on the job ~ Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would see a OC so bad at game planning ~ He IMHO made Chilly look good and that should have been very hard for anyone to do ~ I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit after having to say that ~ Big YUCK ~ !!!


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