Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur is joining Chip Kelly’s staff with the Philadelphia Eagles, a person familiar with the hiring told the Associated Press on Monday. Shurmur is expected to be Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Eagles haven’t announced any coaching moves.
Shurmur was fired along with general manager Tom Heckert on Dec. 31.
Shurmur began his NFL coaching career with the Eagles, serving as an assistant under Andy Reid for 10 seasons. He was the Eagles’ tight ends coach from 1999-2001 and quarterbacks coach until 2008.
Kelly was lured away from Oregon last week to replace Reid. He’s been quietly assembling his coaching staff without releasing any names.
Hiring Shurmur is somewhat curious considering he’s a disciple of the West Coast offense, which relies heavily on passes based on timing and rhythm. Kelly uses an up-tempo, spread offense that’s centered around a mobile quarterback and incorporates more running.
Kelly is expected to call the plays for the Eagles, but Shurmur’s experience developing quarterbacks could make him a valuable assistant.
Donovan McNabb went to the Pro Bowl five times during Shurmur’s time in Philadelphia. Shurmur also helped the Eagles reach the playoffs with A.J. Feeley in 2002 and Jeff Garcia in 2006.
The Eagles have question marks at quarterback. Nick Foles replaced Michael Vick as starter midway through his first season. Kelly raves about him but Foles isn’t an ideal fit for a spread offense. Vick is unlikely to return unless he takes a considerable pay cut.
Pro Bowl additions
Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels has been added to the AFC roster for this Sunday’s Pro Bowl. Daniels will make his second Pro Bowl appearance (2008). … Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and free safety Jairus Byrd have been added to the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster, replacing Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed. … The Denver Broncos’ Zane Beadles and Demaryius Thomas have each been picked to the AFC squad. Thomas replaces Wes Welker and Beadles replaces Logan Mankins of the New England Patriots, who withdrew Monday due to injuries. … Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and defensive tackle Randy Starks have been added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. Incognito replaces Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda, who will be participating in the Super Bowl. Starks replaces New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who will miss the game because of an injury. … Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been added to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl after Atlanta’s Matt Ryan withdrew due to an injury. … Atlanta Falcons safeties Thomas DeCoud and William Moore have been added to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl, replacing Super Bowl-bound San Francisco safeties Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game and won’t be able to play in Sunday’s Pro Bowl. Coach Mike Smith says Ryan will need three to four weeks to recover from the injury, which was described as a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. No surgery is required.
Jaguars coach’s plans
New Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is keeping two veteran assistants from previous regimes. Linebackers coach Mark Duffner and receivers coach Jerry Sullivan will stay on for the team’s rebuilding process.
Tom Brady’s foot-up slide in the AFC championship game did not sit well with Baltimore Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard.
In the final minute of the first half, Brady slid to the ground to end of an impromptu run. The quarterback’s upraised leg hit onrushing Ravens free safety Ed Reed, who emerged from the play without injury. But Pollard believes Brady should be disciplined by the NFL.