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ESPN names Vikings OC Shurmur among top head coaching candidates

Toward the top of the list of reasons the Minnesota Vikings are 10-2 is their offensive playcalling and scheme. The man behind the highly-rated Vikings offense is now being listed among other top coordinators as a head coaching candidate for teams who will (or already have) fire their head coaches.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano wrote:

“The Vikings are 10-2 with third-string quarterback Case Keenum throwing the ball and rookie Dalvin Cook, who opened the season as their starting running back, on injured reserve. Shurmur was just 9-23 in two seasons as head coach of the Browns from 2011-12, but everyone should get a mulligan after the Browns, right? Shurmur comes from Andy Reid’s coaching tree and had some success under Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. He will probably get another shot at some point.”

The Vikings sit fifth in total yards and rank first in third down efficiency and 11th in total points.

Shurmur was named the full-time OC following a stint in 2016 as the interim after taking over when Norv Turner resigned.

Graziano’s list had 20 other candidates, including ESPN’s Jon Gruden and both Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator Frank Reich and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

The New York Giants already fired their head coach. Several other teams appear possible such as the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets.

  • Cman

    I don’t mean this at all in a bad way, but I think with the plethora of coaching candidates out there, and the jobs available, and Shurmur’s record (albeit) with the Browns, that he won’t get a HC job this off season.

    With that said, I will be stoked if he doesn’t get one. This system he has in place fits this team so well. I hope we can at least have it in place for 2-3 seasons.

    • Gordon Guffey

      Totally agree ~ And if he does leave I believe one of his staff will keep it in place ~ I dont look for the Vikings to look out of house to replace him if he does leave ~

      On a side note

      NFL will discuss allowing two personal fouls to be accepted on one play
      Posted by Michael David Smith on December 6, 2017, 2:10 PM EST

      • Drediock

        I wish the NFL would stop screwing with the rules.

        • Gordon Guffey

          In what way Drediock ~ ??? They have a lot of screwy ones ~ LOL

          • Drediock

            All of them. Every year it’s more rule changes .
            Leave the game alone already.

  • Gordon Guffey

    Keenum Inspired by Tarkenton’s Words of Advice, Ability to Scramble
    Posted 1 hour ago
    Eric Smith Team Reporter

    • Dark Ages

      Keenum needs to listen to Zimmer and bring one home for MN

  • Gordon Guffey

    Courtney Cronin
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Mike Remmers (low back) and David Morgan (concussion) missed practice Wednesday. New additions to the injury report are Pat Elflein (shoulder), CJ Ham (neck), Linval Joseph (knee), Andrew Sendejo (shoulder). Ham, Joseph and Sendejo were full participants, along with Eric Kendricks, who is still listed with a hip injury on the injury report. Elflein practiced in a limited capacity

  • Drediock

    Just curious how is it Keenum is mentioned as the third stringer. He wasnt. With Teddy being gone tfor half the season at least and not knowing for sure if he would even be able to still play at a high level Keenum was the second string backup going into this season. Not the third. Unless we’ve gone through anoteher QB between the first and second game that I dont know about

    • Theguds

      Oh it’s intentional I’m sure. He’s trying to stir the pot. Case was absolutely the Second string QB. Teddy was IR right? So he couldn’t be listed as anything on the Roster.

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  • Gordon Guffey

    The Fritz Pollard Alliance works with the NFL on the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for a head coaching position. Each team receives the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s list.

    It’s the third straight year Edwards, 50, has been on the list, but Wooten said members of the advisory panel believe he is a more qualified candidate now. The Vikings are second in the NFL in scoring defense and second in total defense.

    “He’s never been where he is right now,’’ Wooten said. “He’s right up at the top of guys going forward.’’
    Wooten said Zimmer has endorsed Edwards for a head position.

    More can be found here ~

  • Gordon Guffey

    The last time the Vikings finished in the top five in rushing coincided with their last division title. Both happened in 2015.

  • cka2nd

    Given how the Jets have way out-performed the expectations coming into this season, I think firing Todd Bowles would be a travesty.

    Sure hope Shurmur stays put, though.


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