Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur is expected to return to the Philadelphia Eagles and would likely serve as Chip Kelly’s offensive coordinator, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning.
Owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired Shurmur on Dec. 31 after the Browns finished 2012 with a record of 5-11, their 12th losing seasons since 1999. On Jan. 10, Haslam and Banner hired Rob Chudzinski to replace Shurmur, who went 9-23 in two seasons with the Browns.
But before the Browns chose Chudzinski, they competed with the Eagles by heavily pursuing Kelly. After Kelly interviewed with both teams, he decided to return to the University of Oregon, where he had been the head coach since 2009. Kelly, however, shocked the world by becoming the Eagles’ coach on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after he began meeting with NFL teams.
Shurmur, 47, would enter his second tour with the Eagles. He served as their tight ends and offensive line coach from 1999-2001 and their quarterbacks coach from 2002-08. He then spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams before former Browns President Mike Holmgren hired him on Jan. 13, 2011.
Some thought Shurmur would end up with the Kansas City Chiefs because former Eagles coach Andy Reid, his mentor, is in now charge of the organization. The Chiefs, though, hired Doug Pederson as their new offensive coordinator.
Shurmur also reportedly interviewed with the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets for their offensive-coordinator positions. But the Panthers promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Shula to that role, and the Jets hired former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.