The news that Chip Kelly has hired former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator will undoubtedly draw a few questions from those who follow the team.
In a week that saw the franchise move far, far away from its past by hiring former University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, the team drifted back to some form of familiarity by bringing back Andy Reid disciple Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator.
But Shurmur wasn’t around for the team’s toxic decline over the past few seasons. He hasn’t coached in Philadelphia since 2008 when the team made its last NFC Championship Game appearance.
Still, Shurmur’s recent work has been so unimpressive that he found himself passed over for the vacant Jets offensive coordinator job in favor of former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
He served as Steve Spagnuolo’s offensive coordinator for two forgettable seasons in St. Louis. During his first season his offensive scored a league-wrost 10.93 points per game on the way to compiling a 1-15 record. His offense was only marginally better in year two as the Rams ranked 26th in the league as the team scored 18.1 points per game.
Shurmur still manage to parlay that performance into a head coaching gig with the Browns. His offenses in Cleveland weren’t much better. The 2011 Browns scored 13.6 ppg (30th in the league) and the 2012 Browns scored 18.9 ppg (24th overall). In Shurmur’s defense, it should be noted that he wasn’t working with what many would term a dynamic set of playmakers on any of those teams.
Regardless, Shurmur’s role probably won’t extend far beyond providing a pro-style perspective as Kelly implements and calls his offense.