It’s a longshot, but what if Kyle Shurmur ever got the chance to take the field as an NFL quarterback and lead the Philadelphia Eagles against his father’s team?
Imagine this as a possible scenario. One of the greatest rivalries in NFL football, the one that exists between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants is set for another NFC East clash. Just for kicks, let’s just say it’s on Monday Night Football, and the world is watching.
If you haven’t learned or been reminded of anything else as an Eagles fan over the last two seasons, you’ve been reminded of this. Injuries are, very much, a part of the NFL game, so for the sake of our story, let’s just say Carson Wentz is hurt (also a real possibility) and Sudfeld can’t go either.
‘The Birds’ have to go into MetLife Stadium and battle for divisonal superiority with a rookie, Kyle Shurmur at the helm. On the other sideline stands his father Pat Shurmer, the Giants head coach who once cut his teeth as a member of Philly’s coaching staff.
From 1999 to 2001, Shurmur served as the Eagles’ tight ends and offensive line coach. In 2002, he moved over to the quarterbacks room and coached there until 2008. Shurmer would accept the Saint Louis Rams‘ offensive coordinator position in 2009, and in 2011, he accepted the job of being the Cleveland Browns‘ head coach. Things didn’t work out (that happened a lot in Cleveland), but Shurmur landed on his feet.
He returned home to the Eagles’ organization, and in 2013, he accepted the role of offensive coordinator. A certain college head coach who shall remain nameless was the head coach in Philly at that time. He’d be fired, and for one game, Shurmur was given the title of interim head coach. He’s win that game, a 35-30 victory over the Giants of all teams.
Some thought he’d get his second chance to be a head coach in Philly. ‘The Birds’, instead, went with one of their former quarterbacks, Doug Pederson, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Oh, we forgot to mention that Shurmur had a son in 1996? How did life work out for him? He earned a scholarship at Vanderbilt and worked his way into being an NFL prospect.
So, back to our little story we began this piece with. A lot has to happen for Kyle Shurmur to take the field as a starter in the NFL and play on an opposite sideline that his father is coaching on. For one, he isn’t even on the Eagles roster.
Philly would have to draft him, and to be honest, we don’t even know if they’ve scouted him.
Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie has stated he wants Philly to draft a quarterback. Whether or not they will is anyone’s guess. Might the guy who threw for 8,865 yards and 64 touchdowns against the great defenses of the SEC be on the Eagles’ wish list? We’ll all have to wait and see together.