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Vikings Name Pat Shurmur Tight Ends Coach

Posted Jan 25, 2016

Eden Prairie, MN (January 25, 2016) The Minnesota Vikings have named Pat Shurmur Tight Ends Coach. Shurmur, a former NFL head coach with Cleveland, enters his 18th season coaching in the National Football League. Shurmur was the Philadelphia Eagles Tight Ends Coach from 1999-01 where he developed three-time Pro Bowler Chad Lewis.

Vikings 11-year coaching veteran Kevin Stefanski will take over as Minnesota’s Running Backs Coach.

Shurmur joins the Vikings after spending the previous three seasons as the Eagles offensive coordinator and most recently served as Philadelphia’s interim head coach for one game, a 35-30 win over the New York Giants, in the 2015 season finale.

In 2014, Shurmur oversaw an Eagles offense that broke a team record by scoring 474 points, over 30 points more than the previous record set during the 2013 season of 442 points. Additionally, the 2014 Eagles team set franchise records with 54 TDs, 390 completions, 4,581 gross passing yards, eight 300-yard passing games and amassed 356 first downs.

Shurmur served as Cleveland’s head coach for the 2011-12 seasons. In his first season with the Browns, the Dearborn, Mich., native improved Cleveland’s offense that committed just 19 turnovers, which was tied for the fourth fewest in the NFL during the 2011 season.

Prior to his time in Cleveland, Shurmur spent two seasons (2009-10) as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator, helping the Rams improve to a 7-9 record following its 1-15 campaign in 2009.

Shurmur was the Rams offensive coordinator when Vikings assistant offensive line coach, Hank Fraley, played center for St. Louis. Vikings assistant DBs coach, Jonathan Gannon, served as a scout for the Rams during Shurmur’s tenure as offensive coordinator.

Shurmur helped Sam Bradford, the top pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, set NFL rookie records for completions (354) and attempts (590). Bradford’s 3,512 yards passing, at the time, was the 2nd-most yards by a rookie passer in league history.

Prior to breaking into the NFL in 1999, Shurmur spent 11 years coaching in the collegiate ranks, primarily at his alma mater, Michigan State.

Shurmur and his wife, Jennifer, have four children, daughters Allyson, Erica, Claire and a son, Kyle.

Shurmur’s Coaching Background
1988-89.................... Michigan State (Graduate Assistant)
1990-97.................... Michigan State (Tight Ends/Special Teams/Offensive Line)
1998......................... Stanford (Offensive Line)
1999-01.................... Philadelphia Eagles (Tight Ends/Offensive Line)
2002-08.................... Philadelphia Eagles (Quarterbacks)
2009-10.................... St. Louis Rams (Offensive Coordinator)
2011-12.................... Cleveland Browns (Head Coach)
2013-15.................... Philadelphia Eagles (Offensive Coordinator)
2015......................... Philadelphia Eagles (Interim Head Coach)
2016......................... Minnesota Vikings (Tight Ends)