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Pat Shurmur
Offensive Coordinator

BIOGRAPHY

Pat Shurmur completed his 19th season of NFL coaching in 2017, taking over as Offensive Coordinator after handling the job for the final 9 games of 2016 on an interim basis. During his NFL coaching career, Shurmur has been a part of teams that have qualified for the playoffs 8 times, won 6 division crowns and played in Super Bowl XXXIX vs. New England to cap the 2004 season.

The 2016 Vikings battled injuries along the offensive line and inserted QB Sam Bradford as the starter in Week 2 after a preseason trade following a season-ending injury to Teddy Bridgewater. The veteran QB was reunited in Minnesota with Shurmur in 2016 after the duo had worked together in St. Louis (2010) and Philadelphia (2015). Bradford broke the NFL single-season completion % mark with his 71.6% effort and set a new Vikings record for completions in a season with 395, interception % (0.9; 5-in-552 att.) and completion % (71.6) in a season. Bradford notched the 4th highest passer rating in Vikings history (99.3) and the highest of his career along with 8 games with a passer rating of 100+ in the season, the most in his career and the 2nd-most by a Vikings QB.

Pat Shurmur completed his 19th season of NFL coaching in 2017, taking over as Offensive Coordinator after handling the job for the final 9 games of 2016 on an interim basis. During his NFL coaching career, Shurmur has been a part of teams that have qualified for the playoffs 8 times, won 6 division crowns and played in Super Bowl XXXIX vs. New England to cap the 2004 season.

The 2016 Vikings battled injuries along the offensive line and inserted QB Sam Bradford as the starter in Week 2 after a preseason trade following a season-ending injury to Teddy Bridgewater. The veteran QB was reunited in Minnesota with Shurmur in 2016 after the duo had worked together in St. Louis (2010) and Philadelphia (2015). Bradford broke the NFL single-season completion % mark with his 71.6% effort and set a new Vikings record for completions in a season with 395, interception % (0.9; 5-in-552 att.) and completion % (71.6) in a season. Bradford notched the 4th highest passer rating in Vikings history (99.3) and the highest of his career along with 8 games with a passer rating of 100+ in the season, the most in his career and the 2nd-most by a Vikings QB.

The Vikings offense was ravaged with injuries along the line but found success in the air with TE Kyle Rudolph setting team records for receptions in a season (83) and career TDs (29). The WR unit was led by breakout performer Adam Thielen, who led the club with 967 yards, and Stefon Diggs led the team with 84 catches and 903 yards. Thielen entered 2016 with 20 career catches for 281 yards with 1 TD and posted 69 for 967 and 5 TDs during the season, highlighted by a 12-catch, 202-yard, 2-TD day at Green Bay, tied for the 3rd-best receiving yardage day in Vikings history.

Prior to his arrival in Minnesota, Shurmur spent the previous 3 seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, his second stint with the club. He arrived in 2013 when he was hired by then 1st-year head coach Chip Kelly. In their 1st season together, they orchestrated one of the most efficient offenses in the NFL, setting team records in points (442), total net yards (6,676), touchdowns (53), passing yards (4,406) and fewest turnovers (19) en route to an NFC East title. The Eagles also set an NFL record with 99 plays of 20+ yards and became the 1st team since the 1991 Buffalo Bills to lead the league in rushing while ranking last in time of possession.

Widely respected around the league for his craft in developing young QBs, Shurmur guided Nick Foles to a breakout season in 2013, throwing for 27 TDs and only 2 INTs while posting the 3rd-best rating (119.2) and 3rd-lowest interception % (0.63%) in NFL history. Foles also became just the 7th player in league history to throw for 7 TDs during a game against Oakland.

In 2014, Shurmur oversaw an offense that broke an Eagles record by scoring 474 points in 2013. The 2014 Eagles also set team records with 54 TDs, 390 completions, 4,581 gross passing yards, 8 300-yard passing games and 356 1st downs. Shurmur served as the interim head coach for the 2015 regular season finale after the dismissal of Chip Kelly and guided the Eagles to a 35-30 victory over the Giants.

Before joining the Eagles, Shurmur served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2011-12, the 1st head coaching opportunity in his career. He was the 13th head coach in franchise history, and the 6th since the franchise’s revival in 1999. In his 1st year, he helped develop a draft class in which all 8 members saw action in the regular season, 3 of whom started all 16 games. He also mentored QB Colt McCoy, who in his 2nd season, posted a career-best 2,733 yards and 14 TDs in 2011.

Shurmur’s opportunity in Cleveland resulted after a successful 2-year stint as the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams (2009-10). He helped the Rams improve to a 7-9 record following a 1-15 season in 2009. Shurmur guided the Rams to improvements in nearly every offensive category including total yards, time of possession and 3rd-down percentage. The top pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bradford set NFL rookie records for completions (354) and attempts (590), while his 3,512 passing yards were the 2nd-most by a rookie in league history at the time en route to NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Prior to a successful season through the air in 2010, Shurmur helped RB Steven Jackson capture the NFL rushing title in 2009 with 1,416 yards on the ground.

Shurmur’s NFL coaching career began in Philadelphia, (1999-2008), where he spent 10 seasons with the club. He served as the team’s QBs coach from 2002-08 and helped guide Donovan McNabb to 3 Pro Bowl berths during his tenure. In 2004, Shurmur mentored McNabb to the most productive season of his career, as he set franchise records in passer rating (104.7) and completion % (64.0). McNabb also became the 1st QB in NFL history with 30-plus TDs (31) and fewer than 10 interceptions (8) in a single season. McNabb’s career year helped Philadelphia reach its 1st Super Bowl appearance (XXXIX) since 1980.

Shurmur’s 1st 3 seasons in Philadelphia (1999-01) were spent as TEs coach, where he developed 3-time Pro Bowler Chad Lewis. From 2000-01, Lewis combined for 110 receptions, 1,157 yards and 9 TDs. His reception total ranked 4th among all NFL TEs during that 2-year span, while he was tied for 4th in TDs and 5th in receiving yards.

Before joining the Eagles, Shurmur spent the 1998 season at Stanford University as the OL coach, protecting 1st-year QB Todd Husak, only the 3rd quarterback in school history to throw for more than 3,000 yards. Prior to Stanford, Shurmur instructed the TEs, special teams and OL at Michigan State from 1990-97. The Spartans sent 3 TEs (Ty Hallock, Duane Young and Mitch Lyons) to the NFL under Shurmur’s guidance and KR Derrick Mason set a school career record with 2,575 yards.

A 4-year letterman at Michigan State, Shurmur earned All-Big Ten conference honors and All-America honorable mention accolades as a senior in 1987. He played G and LB as a freshman and started at C the next 3 seasons. He served as co-captain as a senior when the Spartans defeated USC in the Rose Bowl. Shurmur earned a master’s degree in financial administration and was the 1st grad student football player at MSU.

A native of Dearborn Heights, MI, who attended Divine Child High School, Shurmur comes from a football family. His uncle, the late Fritz Shurmur, coached in the NFL for 24 years and served as the Green Bay defensive coordinator from 1994-98, helping that club win 2 NFC titles and Super Bowl XXXI.

Shurmur and his wife, Jennifer, have 4 children - daughters Allyson, Erica and Claire, and a son, Kyle, who is a QB at Vanderbilt.