November 24, 2014

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Pat Shurmur lands in Philadelphia

Pat Shurmur, who was fired Dec. 31 after two years as Browns coach, is expected to become offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles and coach Chip Kelly. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report it Sunday morning.

Shurmur to Philadelphia makes sense, because he spent 10 years there as an assistant before leaving to become coordinator in St. Louis in 2009. The union with Kelly is somewhat surprising.

Kelly replaced Andy Reid, who was fired after 14 years in Philadelphia and gave Shurmur his start in the NFL. Kelly appeared to be the first choice of the Browns to replace Shurmur, but he chose the Eagles after initially returning to the University of Oregon.

Kelly ran a fast-paced, no-huddle offense featuring the zone-read option with the Ducks. Shurmur is a hard-core West Coach advocate. The Eagles’ 2013 offense will likely fall somewhere in the middle.

Shurmur called the plays for the Browns in his two seasons. The offense ranked 29th (288.8 per game) in yards and 30th (13.6) in points in 2011, and improved to 25th (314.2) in yards and 24th (18.9) in scoring in 2012.